Fighting the Ignorant White Menace, One Trope at a Time

We have to overcome our racist past, but we’ll never do so was long as something this profoundly stupid and racist is allowed to exist, unchallenged. And really, it is profoundly stupid and ignorant, as well as being racist. What … Continue reading

95 Days to Go: The Audacity of Going BIG

I’m certain you’ve heard; “this election is the most important in our lifetime.” Not only do we have to rid our White House of the entire Trump family, but it’s our best chance in a generation to get rid of … Continue reading

96 To Go: We Have to Work to Protect and Encourage the Vote

There is a built-in problem with democracy, and it has to do with who gets to vote. Ot, at least, who should get to vote, which is everyone. Under the best of circumstances, a lot of truly idiotic people get … Continue reading

97 to Go: Why are WE “Condescending” When We Point Out BS?

right wing snowflakes are easily triggered

This is something I have always wondered… For some reason, when someone, especially someone on the far right, says something profoundly stupid – which they do a lot – if we bother to correct the record and call out the … Continue reading

98 to Go: Stick to Facts; Trumpers Sure Won’t

(Before I start, let me say, when I discuss Republicans, I am largely referring to the leadership of the party, not rank-and=file Republican voters.) Yesterday, someone who has been a friend on my Facebook page just decided it was time … Continue reading

99 Days to Go: We Have But One Job This Year…

As of today, July 27, 2020, there are 99 days to go until the 2020 election. Of course, the presidential election is arguably the most important, but there is a lot more for us to do than to replace Lord Donny in the seat of federal leadership. This is our best chance in at least a half century to replace the current edition of the Republican Party once and for all.

No, I am not in favor of one-party rule, but for chrissakes, the current state of the Republican Party isn’t exactly intent on governing. They seem to be pretty good at running for office, but once there, they surely don’t care much about running the government for the benefit of the American people.

This is true at every level, too; not just at the federal level. The reason is simple; they don’t care about the same things most Americans care about. Yes, after 40 years of having too much influence, a lot of people have been warped by their nonsense, but if you look closely, the true believers, like the Trumpers, are a distinct minority. Trump didn’t become president because he received an overwhelming number of votes from an overwhelming number of voters. Like George W. Bush before him, Trump won because too many voters stayed home.

Therefore, in 99 days, we all have one job. We all have to work our asses off to encourage people to show up and vote against everyone who happens to be running as a Republican. That is our only job this year. And given that, even now, with things looking bad for them electorally, they are openly trying to cut pandemic unemployment payments by two-thirds, it should actually be easy.

For the next 99 days, this blog will post every day, to explain why we have to vote against Republicans. There are more than 99 reasons, but I’ll try to condense a few…

One Reason They ALL Have to Go – NOW!

The 2020 election is well underway. In fact, the campaigns are coming fast and furious, at all levels of government. And one thing is clear;

  • Liberals are largely hopeful of creating a country that actually lives up to our ideals. You know, the part in which everyone has equal rights and where we welcome everyone to our shores and our culture.
  • Meanwhile, the far right, who call themselves “conservative,” seemingly without irony, only cares about winning. Or more accurately, they care about beating everyone who isn’t as mindlessly jingoistic as they are.

That may seem somewhat unfair, but really, this has been the dynamic for more than a generation. If to surprises you, then you now know why progressives have been so unsuccessful, politically, for a half-century. We are too preoccupied with being civil and fair, and we’re too unwilling to get our hands dirty. Meanwhile, the far right is willing to do or say anything that makes their minions happy.

And that, in a nutshell, is the difference between left and right these days. Look at the ads and you can see it. The Biden ads vs. the Trump ads alone are remarkable, if you bother to look at them. I can only access what I see here in Arizona, and I don’t know how representative they are, but generally, Biden’s ads are all about reforming the presidency and returning it as a force for good for the American people. At the same time, Frump has chosen a point of view that is in line with the far right’s vision for many years, but it all seems horribly dated.

In one Trump ad, for example, the characters are elderly people, but the gist of them is that a United States with Joe Biden as president will mean no public protection. Apparently, Trump has decided to take the “defund Police” idea absolutely literally. In one ad, the old woman calls 911 and she’s told she’ll have to wait five days to get an officer to come out.

This isn’t exactly a new thing for the far right; they’ve been trying to scare us for years. In fact, it’s such a staple, it’s exactly what Trump ran on in 2016. If you’ll recall, his campaign portrayed the American economy as a hellscape, even though we were in the midst of one of the longest economic recoveries in history and we were close to record-low unemployment at the time. Not that it mattered if you’ll recall, Trump suggested that the unemployment rate was “rigged” and the “real” unemployment rate was hovering above 30 percent.

In her second Senate run in two years, Republican Martha McSally may be even more of a downer than Trump. In addition to suggesting (falsely, of course) that her opponent, astronaut Mark Kelly has been “ripping off” taxpayers for millions of dollars and working closely with “Communist China” to become “rich.” Even though he’s really not, by most measures, and some of his income is shared with his wife, former Representative Gabby Giffords.

McSally seems to be stuck in the 1960s, if not the 1950s, and not in a good way. She loves to love to use the word “Communist” to describe China. She has also taken on the Trump attack on China by referring to Coronavirus as the “China Virus” on that rare occasion she even mentions COVID-19. She is also continuing the lie that she told in the 2018 campaign (which she lost to Kirsten Sinema), where she promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions. This time, though, she has been adding lies, as an incumbent Senator, telling people she’s written bills to do just that. She’s also claimed to have written and advocated for a bill to transfer the manufacture of most prescription drugs to the United States, which she touts as “bringing jobs back to America.” Of course, her ads on the subject feature fearful old people who claim to be worried that “Communist China” might withhold her prescriptions from the market and she could die.

It’s 2020, people. Yes, the Chinese Communist Party is a threat, but not to their customers. The people who have to worry most about the Chinese Communist Party are the Chinese people. However, the far right in this country love buzz words, and their most virulent strain still likes to instill fear of “commies,” not unlike they did 60+ years ago. That is why they are so racist and misogynistic; that was the style back in the 1950s.

We have to get rid of these people at all levels of government. They are the opposite of “conservative,” anyway. They’re more radical than the “hippies” ever hoped to be. There is no place in 2020 society for these idiots.

Progressives: Leave the Purity Tests for the Right!

Too often, I look at the self-described “progressive blogosphere,” as Arianna Huffington once called it, and I wonder if they realize that “progressive” isn’t the name of an exclusive club. Apparently, according to some liberals, in order to be a … Continue reading

Fixing This Mess: Step One

In 2016, Trump went out of his way to portray America and its economy as a stinking hellhole that needed to be raised from the dead. No one in their right mind believed him then, which is how those who … Continue reading

It’s Not Uncivil to Call Out a Liar For Lies

I know this will confuse some folks out there, especially some on a few very old and almost dead Internet fora, but if you were to meet me, you’re likely to discover that I’m genuinely one of the nicest people … Continue reading