An Ass Named Manchin

Sen. Joe Manchin: “I’m not ready to destroy our government. I’m not ready to destroy our government, no….”

More proof that you don’t have to be very bright to be a US Senator.

All you have to be is a multi-millionaire.

The filibuster, as it stands, is what’s destroying our government.

Historically, the filibuster was mainly used to kill any legislation that would have helped America’s non-whites. Literally. The filibuster is a racist legislative relic.

And I think Joe knows that, but Joe is one of those “conservative” Democrats, which is to say he will lie to your face like a Republican, but vote with the Democrats when it’s convenient in order to satisfy his dimwitted West Virginian base (93% white, ranking 47th out of 50 in education).

What are the Republicans currently using the filibuster against?

National voting rights, and a bi-partisan investigation into the Trump insurrection of January 6th.

Nothing more needs said.

Notes:

…Manchin, the self-described centrist—which means he is so moderate a Democrat that he is always a threat to vote for Republican policies—from a state that he sees as unready to embrace climate change or big investment in recovery…. (Raw Story)

If rage destroys America as we know it, cowardice will be the crucial enabler.” (Paul Krugman)

“Manchin’s ploy: Make preserving the filibuster more important than any item (even voting rights or investigating insurrection) and insist, despite every bit of evidence to the contrary, that there are 10 Republican votes to break the impasse.” (Jennifer Rubin)

Public Enemy #213477

Or so. That’s me in the eyes of Twitter.

Twitter fucking banned me.

Maybe I wrote about this before….

Oh, well.

Banned. Me. A nobody who liked to post his drunken poems and the funny pictures he found on the internet.

Me, the guy who honestly cared about most of his followers and was worried when he didn’t see them for prolonged periods. Me, the guy who almost always followed back.

Me. The guy who occasionally argued with shithead conservatives, the man who occasionally lost his cool (same as them) and maybe said some things he shouldn’t have said.

Maybe I deserved a suspension, sure, I could understand that. But they fucking banned me, and I think I know why. It’s because I said this as often and as loudly as possible:

The rich are the enemy.

Apparently, they considered it spamming, though it’s impossible to tell because Twitter rarely specifically tells you what you did wrong.

They will tell you specifically when they suspend you. Then they’ll force you to delete the offending tweet. But when they ban you they just provide a link to their “Twitter Rules” page which is nothing but a bunch of legalese hogwash.

There is no justice or fairness about it. It’s not a “liberal” platform, believe me, just because they finally grew a set of balls and banned that gargantuan asshole Donald Trump.

There are Twitter accounts who are far worse at spamming than I was, and I see them all the time. I mean really obnoxious in your face repetitive horse shit…but I think Twitter allows them to live just so that they can rub my nose in it.

The fucking worms.

Fuck off and die, Twitter.

That goes for you too, dickface Dorsey.

You’re in charge of what is probably the most important social media platform in the world and you run it like shit.

But it doesn’t matter because you’re a rich billionaire motherfucker and in this world, that means you can do anything.

Fuck off and die, Dorsey.

Fuck off and die.

I promise you this: come election season, I’ll be back on your piece of shit website and I am going to raise holy hell.

(“fuck off and die” is a cheeky colloquialism that we’ve been tossing around since at least my high school days, but on Twitter it’s considered a literal death threat and will get you suspended. But this isn’t Twitter.)

The Endless Fall of the GOP

Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R) hails from my home state of Colorado and embarrasses me on a daily basis.

Needless to say this mouthy, illiterate high-school dropout with a criminal record is a perfect fit for the modern Republican party.

Speaking for Colorado’s 3rd District, she basically represents the western half of the state and a curious outcropping toward the southeast that reaches up and over into Pueblo like a short fat penis.

A brand new addition to our hallowed grounds of congress, in 2020 she ran against a retired college professor, Diane Mitsch Bush, a woman with four years of experience in the Colorado House of Representatives.

District Three Coloradans voted for the mouthy dropout instead.

There’s really nothing remarkable about Representative Boebert. She owns and operates a half-assed greasy spoon in Rifle, Colorado, called “Shooter’s Grill.” In 2020 it had its license suspended (Lauren refused to comply with Covid orders–surprise). Operational as of this writing, Shooters claim to fame is that the waitresses carry loaded side-arms. Basically a burger joint, Shooter’s was rumored to be on the verge of bankruptcy before Boebert won office but it is now comfortably in the black.

All of that would be irrelevant if Lauren wasn’t such a yutz.

But the fact is that all of Boebert’s financial woes seemed to have magically disappeared as soon as she won office. Don’t take my word for it. Feel free to Google it yourself, but trust me, it’s a murky dig.

Boebert’s strong suit is that she’s a pretty face and just smart enough to adhere to the party line. She faithfully mouths the talking points fed to her by the GOP brass. She likes to carry a gun. She can be depended upon to attack liberals mercilessly and to brazenly say and do the most outlandish things on que.

And she lies through her teeth, which seems to be a prerequisite for becoming a Republican.

Best I can tell, she’s half-owned by the NRA and about one-third owned by the oil industry. The rest belongs to the hearts of her Q-Anon constituency and the fundamental belligerence “base” which is the foundation of the American right (“Let’s trigger the libs!”)

She is a living example of a political party completely devoid of new ideas, a party that stands for nothing but tax cuts and deregulation, a party that literally can’t tell the truth when its life depends on it.

She’s a “disruptor” much like Trump was. Disrupting the political process seems to have become a Republican strategy.

She represents a party that can’t die fast enough yet, like some hideous monstrosity from the romantic era, time and again the Republicans keep rising from the dead.

While AOC is the future of the Democratic party, Boebert seems to be the future of the GOP.

And that should be hilarious…but it’s not.

It might be kind of cute so see some pretty high school girl, face agrin, sitting in the cockpit of your passenger plane for a photograph…until you realize she’s never flown before in her life, and she’s the one landing the plane.

Life, Such As It Is

There is a mighty power in anonymity and the passive voice.

It’s that slender walkway between earth and space where you just don’t have to give a fuck.

If you see it, say it.

Don’t say it if you don’t see it.

I’ll give the “F Word” (fascist) a break, because I’m fairly certain it’s a word we’ll be hearing more about in the coming months.

What I want to talk about now are the traitors to their class who lucked out and fancied themselves geniuses.

Kelsey Grammar, Kirstie Alley, Mel Gibson, and that whole rightwing celebrity lot. Even worse are the lucky billionaire boys like Musk, Bezos, Gates, dickface Dorsey and the rest.

Almost all of them came from nowhere, just like the rest of us. But as soon as they stepped through those golden gates, boy oh boy, did you notice how they couldn’t slam the door behind them fast enough?

And they did it, they soared to the heavens mainly by luck of the fact they had an unusually marketable face and body. Well, for the celebrities. For Musk and Bezos and the rest of those assholes, they basically lucked out and managed to be in the right place at the right time.

They were also fortunate enough to have evolved in a system specifically designed to make rich people even richer, above all else.

I am at a loss regarding how to deal with people who have chosen a proven liar and cheat to be their fearless leader.

Lindsey Graham is a spineless pile of shit.

Boebert is a high school drop out with a marketable face and body fully owned by the NRA and the gun industry.

Herrell is the consummate opportunist sans original thought.

Greene is a literal white supremacist rich girl from the south who has done whatever she wanted to do all of her pathetic, privileged little life because she knew nobody could ever do anything about it in her greedy racist, little corner of the world.

Her daddy was a big time contractor.

You know the type.

She was accustomed to bossing people around from a very young age.

The rich are the enemy.

The rich are the only thing standing between the workers and a better life.

A living wage, affordable healthcare, decent retirement, affordable education, child care, etc. All of it.

All of it would be ours if not for the rich.

“When you see physical brutality emerging, you can pretty much bet that you’re entering a full-blown fascist era.”Thom Hartmann

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.