I’m still surprised at people’s ability to delude themselves to justify their hatred. This phenomenon appears far more common on the right, but
#NeverBernie partisans like this show the left is also capable of deluding themselves to justify their worldview.
Redditor jwords wrote a very insightful comment on this post about a recent Trump atrocity. In it, he provides a concise and reasonable explanation for why Trump won and what motivates his supporters.
You can go to Reddit to see the comment/question jwords is responding to, but I’ll paste it in here to make this an easier read.
KidKilobyte: “Just saw this on his twitter feed and got a pit in my stomach. How can his base tolerate such bad timing and bad taste in what he posts? Other than fringe lunatics, what do educated Trump supporters say about his constant stream of garbage. Why does goosing the economy trump (pun intended) good taste and excuse such an unrelenting stream of garbage from his mouth? And as to the “great” economy, seems the deficit is ballooning and this train is headed for a bridge that is out.”
From the New Yorker story:
“One of the things Helen’s story really showed us is that the Trump Administration never stopped separating children from their families,” Morales Rocketto said. “In fact, they’ve doubled down, but it’s even more insidious now, because they are doing it in the cover of night.”
This is what Republicans have created, a nation that willfully destroys the lives of families with young children. The GOP stands profoundly against life.
Fire these cops. A suspension and loss of a week’s pay is nothing. They’ve proven they’re unfit for public service. Their continued employment is a statement by their superiors that they accept hatred and white supremacy in their ranks. A non-racist government would go back through their cases and look for evidence of police misconduct.
Found on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BB160/status/1041160593313595393
The American Civil War Was Fought Over Slavery. To claim otherwise is willful ignorance or malice.
Idiots like this man don’t just harm themselves by their beliefs and behavior. They perpetuate one of mankind’s greatest evils, the belief that men are unequal in kind and that a greater man may rightfully hold another lesser man in slavery and use him as he sees fit. Refusing to acknowledge the cause of the Civil War and the evil for which the Confederacy fought is refusing to acknowledge that slavery is a great evil, one that was (mostly) destroyed in the Civil War but continues to live in the minds of men like this.
This refusal to confront and accept the reality of slavery and racism and the century spanning harm it has done and continues to do to human beings the world over makes it possible for men like Hitler and Trump to rise to power. These grotesque caricatures of human beings are acceptable only to those so steeped in hatred and denial that they see the most vile examples of humanity as their saviors, simply because those men promise to grant them the power they feel owed by their race and birthplace.
The state documents of secession are available and specifically call out slavery as the reason for secession. Only South Carolina even tries to be fancy about it, but their document too eventually gets to the core issue – slavery.
If you want to read the documents of secession to see for yourself, or use them in an attempt to enlighten someone, the following is a good source: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/primary-sources/declaration-causes-seceding-states
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.
The latest atrocity against a black person is more evidence that Stand Your Ground laws are inherently racist.
These laws allow white people to kill non-whites without consequence while allowing black people to be prosecuted for murder when they clearly feared for their lives.
Police Lt. Charles DeShazer made this statement while at a crime scene: “We got the Alabama porch monkeys all contained.” DeShazer’s statement was captured on police body cam and reported by two APD supervisors who were also at the scene and heard the comment. An internal affairs investigation was launched. After the investigation, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz fired Lt. DeShazer.
DeShazer appealed his firing to the Aurora Civil Service Commission. On June 29 the commission reinstated DeShazer. The commission was aware DeShazer had previously been “written up at least three times before, including once for making sexually offensive comments.” It’s worth reading the Heavy profile on DeShazer to help you understand just how well known it was that DeShazer is a virulent racist. It’s also worth looking at the race of the members of the committee who chose to reinstate DeShazer and especially the one committee member who recused herself from the vote.
Chief Metz was rightly upset by the committee’s ruling and, to his credit, he’s determined to keep DeShazer off the streets. He made the following statement: “The Department is in the process of returning Sgt. DeShazer back to work. He will first be assigned to the APD Academy to ensure he is in compliance with all POST certification requirements. His final assignment has yet to be determined. It is within my authority to set his assignment. I can assure the community that Sgt. DeShazer will not be in a supervisory or citizen-facing role”
This is a perfect example of the practical effect of white supremacy and how it can overrule even a police chief’s judgment on who he wants on his force. I admire the chief’s determination to limit the damage this cop can do to the public.
Refusing to help refugees or treat immigrants well is a declaration that your life matters and the lives of the vulnerable don’t, solely because you had the fortune to be born in the US and they did not. It’s an absurdly lazy and unjustifiable reason for hating or excluding someone, so you’ll see evil people justify it by declaring the entire group of people to be morally corrupt and a threat to our way of life while those who want to think of themselves as good people will do all manner of mental gymnastics to convince themselves and others in their tribe that there are good reasons for not helping the vulnerable.