January 26, 2019
“Hannah Arendt, in her book The Origin of Totalitarianism, provides a helpful guide for interpreting the language of fascists. She noted how decent liberals of 1930s Germany would “fact check” the Nazis’ bizarre claims about Jews like they were meant to be factual. What they failed to understand, Arendt suggests, is that the Nazi Jew hating was not a statement of fact but a declaration of intent. So when someone would blame the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I, naive people would counter by saying there’s no evidence of that. What the Nazis were doing was not describing what was true, but what would have to be true to justify what they planned to do next.
Did 3 million “illegals” cast votes in this election (as Trump tweeted)? Clearly not. But fact checking is just a way of playing along with their game. What Trump is saying is not that 3 million illegals voted. What he’s saying is: I’m going to steal the voting rights of millions of Americans. Fascism is the opposite of conservatism because it refuses to acknowledge reality as a limitation on the scope of human will.”
– Elliot Lusztig
November 28, 2018
There shouldn’t be an argument about whether we should help them. There is no us and them. They are us and we are them. All humanity is one; to believe otherwise is the grand delusion. If you believe that there is a gap, a difference between your humanity and the humanity of others, you have fallen for the first fallacy of morals and the first lie of all dictators.
November 10, 2018
I hate Hair Furor. I hate him more than I can imagine hating anyone; I mean, my hatred of him surprises even me. I hate him as much as cancer. His pernicious and malignant stupidity and uselessness are spreading like a dread disease. It’s one thing to be stupid, cowardly, and hateful, it’s another to be proud of it, to make it your life’s work and the best you can give to the world around you. It’s not what you don’t know that causes suffering and damage, it’s what you know for sure that’s just not true.
I would say that 45 needs a swift kick in the ass but we’re not using my shoes. Once you get trump on your shoes, it won’t come off.
I really don’t like feeling this way. Hate is not in my nature, as far as I know. It’s a terrible paradox. I’ve always managed to find some redeeming qualities in everyone, even W and Dick and their cabal of war. But it’s just impossible to find anything about Cheesy that doesn’t compel me to vomit. Still every day I try hard to put this long national nightmare out of my mind and live my life, do my work, feel gratitude, and be creative. It’s incredibly difficult. I’m too connected! So I’m filled with disgust at the way people are being treated and reality twisted to a wasteland of lies, obsession, and paranoia.
And in case you’re wondering, yeah, all that counts for everyone who still supports this lumbering monster of racist, misogynistic shit. If you voted for The Clown Price, you’ve had two years to figure out what he really is and what you did, and repent. Now you sit down and shut up. The grown-ups have a mess to deal with.
Up with life. Stamp out all small and large indignities. Leave everyone alone to make it without pressure. Down with hurting. Lower the standard of living. Do without plastics. Smash the servo-mechanisms. Stop grabbing. Snuff the breeze and hug the kids. Love all love. Hate all hate.
– Jon D. McDonald
July 16, 2018
In a statement today, Senator John McCain suggested some cause for hope for improvement of Trump’s presidency. I’ve quoted the statement below.
Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.
Of course we would be waiting in vain for the traitor president to act in any way in accord with the duties of his office. Are we idiots? His mental afflictions may elude precise diagnosis, but his condition is obviously progressive and untreatable. All that remains is to learn for how many people, institutions, and principles it will prove to be fatal.
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.
“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”
— Senator John McCain
June 23, 2018
I have a ponderable: IT signed an executive order to end its policy of snatching children to hold as political hostages. IT claimed it wasn’t its policy first, then claimed it had to sign an order. IT claimed a lot of shit.
Where’s the order IT signed to start the policy? Hint: there isn’t one. IT just told its minions to do this evil thing and they did it. The official order was just a stunt.
March 25, 2018
I’m sick of this debate. You want to get mauled by a bear? Mess with a cub. Birds and bees protect their progeny. Protecting the children has been the primary urge of our species since the first clans gathered around fires. Child molesters aren’t safe in prison but children aren’t safe in their schools. Now in 2018 we’re debating gun rights over children’s lives? Stop arguing with the gun nuts and get rid of them; exile the NRA, its politicians, and all its remaining members. It’s a domestic terrorist organization. Any advancing civilization should know better than to allow such a threat to remain. The problem is, no other country would let them in. Unwelcome immigrants – that’s ironic.