The New Yorker’s Charles Bethea brilliantly tells the story of a woman who discovered evidence that her father was deeply involved in suppressing non-white votes and was behind the citizenship census question. Her multifaceted story lays bare the evil of the modern GOP.
A Christian minister named Dave Barnhart wrote the powerful statement below, exposing the bad faith of the US right wing pseudo-Christians.
“The unborn” are a convenient group of people to advocate for. They never make demands of you; they are morally uncomplicated, unlike the incarcerated, addicted, or the chronically poor; they don’t resent your condescension or complain that you are not politically correct; unlike widows, they don’t ask you to question patriarchy; unlike orphans, they don’t need money, education, or childcare; unlike aliens, they don’t bring all that racial, cultural, and religious baggage that you dislike; they allow you to feel good about yourself without any work at creating or maintaining relationships; and when they are born, you can forget about them, because they cease to be unborn…You can love the unborn and advocate for them without substantially challenging your own wealth, power, or privilege, without re-imagining social structures, apologizing, or making reparations to anyone. They are, in short, the perfect people to love if you want to claim you love Jesus but actually dislike people who breathe.
Prisoners? Immigrants? The sick? The poor? Widows? Orphans? All the groups that are specifically mentioned in the Bible? They all get thrown under the bus for the unborn.
– Dave Barnhart
Dave has a blog at https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com, where he wrote more on the topic of the pseudo-Christian’s war against abortion – https://davebarnhart.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/if-they-actually-cared-about-abortion. He’s also on Twitter and is worth following there – https://twitter.com/davebarnhart.
CNN has a brief discussion of how and why to delete Facebook (or not) and why government regulation is the only thing that will change Facebook’s behavior.
I had to share this excellent analysis of the United States’ so-called conservatives, properly called white nationalists or fascists. I’ve made this argument in the past, but this commenter does an excellent job of summarizing the truth about the right in America, with supporting examples.
Conservatives don’t want freedom. They want power. Freedom for those at the top is power over everyone else. Freedom for those at the bottom is a threat to power at the top.
“Freedom” for the GOP means taking out the government’s ability to balance out the needs of the many against the needs of the few. Who cares if clean air regulations save literally thousands of lives? They cost shareholders money. Privatize the gains from polluting, but shove the cost onto the public.
In this case, regulation means putting the thumb on the scale to ensure that Facebook and Google become vehicles for conservative propaganda. It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power and control.
“States rights” = the freedom to oppress black people. It was about protecting slavery and then Jim Crow. “States rights” advocate Scalia still argued for the government’s right to regulate marijuana. “States rights” has always been about protecting the power of old white conservatives. It was never a real ideology. It was always about power over others.
“The right to bear arms” = the right for white people to bear arms. Ronald Reagan and the Republican-controlled legislature in California repealed open-carry? Why? Because the Black Panthers carried openly. “Stand your ground” often doesn’t apply to black people.
The TEA Party was created by Big Tobacco. The entire “get government off our backs” movement was funded by major corporations fighting deregulation. The TEA Party, which supposedly cared about the federal deficit, has gone entirely silent as Donald Trump blows up the deficit. It existed entirely to hamstring The Democratic Party’s ability to control federal spending. They didn’t want “freedom” from government healthcare. They wanted “freedom” for one of “their” guys to decide the budget, to work it so they get enormous subsidies in the form of unpaid tax cuts.
“Tough on crime” = “tough on poverty”. Crimes associated with having none, such as property crimes, are responded to with the full force of the police state. SWAT teams are called out 50,000 times a year, often to serve warrants. Property crime account for $14 billion in losses each year. Wage theft accounts for $50 billion. Meanwhile, the agencies in charge of enforcing wage theft, protecting consumers, and policing corporations are gutted.
It’s never been about freedom. It’s always been about power. Power to tell women what to do with their bodies. Power for Christians to tell others how to worship. Power for wealthy businesses to pollute, cheat, and steal with impunity. Power to do whatever you want to black people–structural racism allows for poor whites to still have absolute power over others, so that they can buy into a system that has no constraints on power for those with money. The modern GOP is a fucking sham. It’s about giving the powerful more power, and it spends literally billions of dollars a year to try and convince people otherwise, because it’s a fundamentally untenable moral position. It’s cancer.
Americans now have the clearest political choice in my lifetime. On one side is strength, love, and a drive for progress. On the other is hatred, fear, and a drive for fascism.
The New York Times covers this stark choice in “Democratic Embrace of Diverse Candidates Collides With Barbed Politics of Trump Era”. The forces aligned with fascism have been very busy since Andrew Gillum became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, covered in “Racist Robocalls Target Andrew Gillum, Democratic Nominee for Florida Governor” and White supremacist group’s robocalls target Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum. The latter piece describes the white supremacist robocall: “Over a soundtrack of drums and jungle noises, the man says, “We Negroes…done made mud huts while white folk waste a bunch of time making their home out of wood an stone.” The impersonator says the huts would useful housing in a hurricane. He also says he’ll pass a law letting black people escape arrest “if the Negro know fo’ sho he didn’t do nothin.'”
The Republican party is led by a criminal racist piece of shit, one who has inspired many followers and emboldened the hateful to come out of the shadows and remove their hoods. It will take a long time to bring the United States into the 21st century and we can only begin this process once we’ve defeated the leaders of the far right and stop our slide into fascism.
Humans at their best. Thank you to these women for bringing some much needed beauty into the world.
Daniel W. Drezner, Professor of international politics at Tufts University, writes “We should have a debate over whether treason is being committed by the White House. Yes, I just typed those words.”
The GOP is now the Treason Party. Republicans loyal to America will clearly demonstrate that in their actions. The rest will continue “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.”
As Max Fisher and Amanda Taub write in The Interpreter, “When we wrote about Israelis curbing their own democracy in order to maintain majority Jewish rule and a firmly Jewish national identity, some pointed out, we were really talking about threats to liberalism.”
This is an excellent point, one that all citizens need to understand. This short piece is worth your time to help you understand the difference between democracy and liberalism, and that one does not imply the other.