The following was my response after reading the above
What is it about Conservatism that seduces otherwise bright and ambitious young minds such as those described by Brock? What is it about whatever it is they think they are fighting against that allows them to justify such obviously evil and unethical actions to win that fight? They are fighting for greed and selfishness, power and money, and against those various people and movements who wish to work for “our better angels.”
I’ve always found it even more confusing and ironic that they targeted the Clintons as their enemy and unleashed at them such unrelenting hatred, basically attacking them for being like them, corrupt, greedy, power hungry, etc. while simultaneously sounding ridiculous alarms about creeping socialism, nanny states, welfare queens, and all the rest of the RW propaganda Big Lies.
The irony of the popular RW meme “Liberalism is a mental illness” tilts the ‘pot calling the kettle black’ meter way past red line. Conservatism, taken to the point that the wealthy privileged young ideologues and operatives that populate its core “intellectual” upper echelons have, is clearly a disease bordering on psychopathy.
Equal time section: What is happening allegedly on college campuses, and now across the media, especially social media, by the political correctness police, the self titled ‘social justice warriors,’ is also a disease, at least in our society, if not an actual mental illness, and borders on totalitarianism. It is decidedly NOT “liberal” or “Liberal” by any means and NOT “leftist” in any way that I can see. But it is the antithesis of “conservatism” and an unfortunate liability for “the Left” as they call anyone who is not “the Right” and therefore for all of the “Resistance” as we call those of us who oppose the aberration known as conservatism, as it is easily and effectively conflated with “the Liberals” (their other demonized term for everyone who is not one of them) by the RW propaganda machine.
It is not a good time to be alive if you have a penchant for trying to make sense of things. LOL.
I was 15 then. Those years were an indelible influence on my life, on who I am, and what I believe, and especially the values I hold. Continue reading “50 Years Ago”
“The forces unleashed by the presidency of Donald Trump.”
I always knew they were out there. I didn’t think there were so many of them. But I knew their numbers were growing, not shrinking, and I knew they were getting angrier and angrier, and more and more violently inclined—explicitly desirous of venting that anger at those who they blamed and hated so vociferously. Continue reading “Unleashed”
NAFTA didn’t kill jobs. Bush’s tariffs on imported steel did.
My comment on the above link on the Facebook page of The Christian Left:
I live at ground zero of the rust belt. Bethlehem PA. 4 generations worked at “the Steel,” dozens of them, uncles, cousins, aunts, even both my grandmothers. It is no more. Workers here begged Reagan throughout his administration to protect the industry from cheap imported steel being dumped here. He refused to act. There is a lot of speculation as to why, from wanting to bust the unions, seeing the steelworkers as the key to breaking the movement as a whole, to wanting to break the industrial strength of the nation upon which our middle class had risen. The latter is hard to fathom, but conspiracists might believe it was to strengthen the position of Wall St and the 1%, the investor class, the ‘owners’ and shareholders (unless you owned steel stock), who in the end were the ones who benefited while our workers, and thus our general population’s lifestyles diminished as the ripple effect of job losses, excess labor forces, and lower wages spread across the economy. Continue reading “Protectionism”
The conservatives of the libertarian persuasion like to claim taxation is theft. And the minuscule % of it spent on helping the destitute, the poor and working poor to remain alive is redistribution of wealth downward, “forced charity at the point of a gun.”
Profit is theft. Taxation is the deterrent to greed. Continue reading “Profit is Theft”
The basic Big Lie from conservatives is that Democrats ‘tax and spend’ — as opposed to ‘borrow and spend’ or ‘steal and spend’ as they perpetually do when in power. They then blame the deficits and skyrocketing debt on Democrats when they return to power and try to clean up the mess. They use that as an excuse to obstruct anything and everything Democrats try to accomplish. Continue reading “The Big Lie”
“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”
—John Kenneth Galbraith
The term boomer, or ‘baby boomer’ has been so misused and abused over the years, and we’ve particularly come under fire from the millennials as being to blame for all the ills in the world today. Nothing could be further from the truth, in my humble opinion.
I’ve taken to trying to push back when I see rants against the ‘boomers’ in online comments, particularly when they confuse us with the ‘yuppies’ and their unabashed greed and materialism.
Here’s one of my replies on Facebook attempting to clarify the history: Continue reading “Boomer Bashing?”
Ok, it’s not nice to call them that, not politically correct, if you will. But it conjures up an image and a demographic stereotype that is based on real world observation.
This guy, Thomas Gieseke, posted a painting he did of Trump as a red neck trailer park ‘patriot.’ It was pretty on the mark. It was funny, I guess, if you weren’t a trailer park dweller or a Trump supporter. Continue reading “Trailer Trash”