“Snowflake Syndrome”

A cutesy name for political hatred.

The “Syndrome” is the lies spread among the GOP voters these days.

The push for voter suppression, the distrust of vaccines and downplaying the insurrection of 06 January…..

A good look at this ‘sickness’ in an op-ed…..

A recent op-ed piece published by The Washington Post highlights the problem of Snowflake Syndrome among voters who cast ballots for former President Donald Trump. The author, Greg Sargent, notes that the current Republican agenda centers on the following: restricting voting rights, sowing doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine, and downplaying the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The problem is that there is no justification or substantial evidence to support any of their arguments regarding these initiatives. In fact, all are connected to false narratives and misinformation that has been, in some way, influenced by Trump. For example, the nationwide push for voting rights restrictions is supposedly an incentive to increase voters’ confidence in the integrity of the United States’ voting systems. But Sargent pushed back against that argument describing it as “bad-faith nonsense.”

“Broadly speaking,” Sargent wrote, “this “confidence” storyline is bad-faith nonsense: It’s being widely abused to keep alive the myth of the stolen election and to justify an unprecedented wave of efforts to disenfranchise the opposition’s voters. It is not designed to build confidence in our elections, but to further undermine it, for illicit purposes.”

https://www.alternet.org/2021/07/trump-voters/

But how can this be?

Lonely people looking for a sense of belonging….

In his column for the Daily Beast, conservative commentator Matt Lewis made a case that Donald Trump’s rise was the inevitable result of a country that has become filled with lonely people who have lost any connection to their community and just want to feel like they belong.

As the conservative columnist notes that, at the heart of “Trumpism,” is an appeal to those suffering from social isolation which, in turn, makes them susceptible to appeals such as “Make America Great Again” as promised by the former president.

Explaining, “lack of communal ties may be killing us at the micro level, on the macro level this phenomenon has contributed to numerous societal ills, including the rise of Trumpism,” Lewis added that the new book by the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender (“Frankly, We Did Win This Election”) makes clear Trump’s early appeal.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-cult-2653974187/

I have read reports that the hatred is waning….I do not believe these at this time.

Any thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

GOP Unemployment Lie

Since the pandemic and people working from home or unemployed have been subsidized by the stimulus packages from the government.

Another of the GOP ‘Big Lies” is that unemployment benefits is keeping people from returning to work because they are making cash without working.

Yeah, what crap! At $300 a week I will be buying my much cherished Ferrari any day now.

So with an election looming, 2022, the GOP has decided that instead of finding solution they will just keep repeating the same damn lie….over and over…..

Republicans promoted the conspiracy theory that Americans weren’t going back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic because they were too busy living the comfortable life on the U.S. dime. Data now shows that they were wrong.

The New York Times reported Sunday that in Missouri when federal pay for the unemployed was scrapped, workers still were being choosy. Gov. Mike Parson (R) proudly proclaimed that his state would be among the first to kill unemployment benefits. It still hasn’t worked, however.

“Work-force development officials said they had seen virtually no uptick in applicants since the governor’s announcement, which ended a $300 weekly supplement to other benefits,” said the report. “And the online job site Indeed found that in states that have abandoned the federal benefits, clicks on job postings were below the national average.”

It’s early on in the post-pandemic era, but thus far, the GOP claims appear to be false.

https://www.rawstory.com/republican-unemployment-lie/

Axios has taken a good look at the people that are staying home…..https://www.axios.com/high-unemployment-insurance-people-reject-jobs-9e426791-65b6-453b-9803-81aa3d0ca7e7.html

For those with economic tastes here is a deeper dive into the situation from the Morning Consult…..

  • The termination of federal unemployment insurance benefits is likely to produce an estimated 1.84 million jobs through the end of the year, particularly as more UI recipients begin actively looking for work.

  • The U.S. economy will remain roughly 4.7 million jobs short of where it was prior to the pandemic even after workers on unemployment insurance return to working.

  • Most unemployment insurance recipients know that their benefits have started to expire and feel the pressure to find jobs, likely leading them to reduce spending and save a greater share of their benefits as they transition to a more permanent source of income.

Expiring Unemployment Insurance Could Add Up to Nearly 2 Million Jobs This Year

As usual the GOP finds some non-existent problem to demonize for an election….sad part is the American voter is so damn ignorant they will believe the lie and vote accordingly.

The GOP never has a solution of perceived problems….all they ever have is lies, misinformation and finger pointing as well as demonization.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

GOP–The Party Of Stupid

Today’s GOP is a far cry from the noble party of 1956……and since 1980 it has been in steady radicalization….today it has NOTHING to offer the country other than ‘chaos and instability’……

The GOP are not a political party as we have known such for most of our history. They are closer to a camp of oligarchic terrorists, employing techniques used by Fascists and other authoritarian regimes, and excoriated in 1984, to attempt a slow-moving coup, , whose aim is the destruction of voting rights, constitutional democracy, and the creation of a one-party state.

Political strategist David Plouffe said on MSNBC last week, “They`re not hiding what they`re doing. …they`re not only trying to make it harder to register to vote, they want to change …who gets to decide who wins elections….” “[T]his is existential. If you think that this Republican won`t go to the …furthest extremes to hold on to power, to steal power, to deny voters their franchise, I don`t know what you`re watching.”

https://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/the-gop-are-not-just-trying-to-suppress-the-vote-they-are-trying-to-control-the-count-kpkn/

Back to the ‘chaos and instability’ thing…..

Newly leaked video footage of a recent event hosted by the right-wing group Patriot Voices shows Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas openly admitting that his party wants “18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done” as President Joe Biden, a bipartisan group of senators, and congressional Democrats work to pass climate and infrastructure legislation.

“Honestly, right now, for the next 18 months, our job is to do everything we can to slow all of that down to get to December of 2022,” Roy says in the clip, referring to the month after that year’s midterm elections. Republicans need to flip just a handful of seats to take back the House and Senate.

“I don’t vote for anything in the House of Representatives right now,” Roy says in response to an audience member’s question about the sweeping infrastructure and safety-net package that Democrats are planning to pass unilaterally alongside a White House-backed bipartisan deal.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/07/07/leaked-video-gop-congressman-admits-his-party-wants-chaos-and-inability-get-stuff

Is the American voter this naive?   Or maybe a better word is….STUPID….that they allow this obstructionism to continue?

Just on the word of a notorious liar…..that goes beyond ignorant into the realm of extreme stupidity.

Not to worry….the Dems are just as worthless as the GOP.

Dems have great ideas they just do not know how to translate that into action…..in other words they are great at defense but have no offensive strategy.

There are a few that try to bring about these ideas but the so-called ‘centrist’ always win and the ideas become lackluster at best.

So another American party of stupid.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

From The ‘Can’t Fix Stupid’ Files

Closing thought–13Jul21

Some politician and people truly prove the saying that you ‘can’t fix stupid’…..and most times the stupider of the bunch are GOPers….like the moronic Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)……

His moron brain shot off his mouth about ‘roads and bridges’ (you know parts of the infrastructure…..

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) on Sunday insisted that infrastructure like roads and bridges is a “women’s problem” because they do the “shopping.”

Cassidy made the remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he was arguing on behalf of a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“If you go home and talk to constituents who are stuck in traffic for an hour and a half getting to work and an hour and a half getting home — three hours a day that they don’t spend with their family — they want a bridge coming to a town near them,” Cassidy explained.

“My wife says that roads and bridges are a woman’s problem if you will,” the senator added. “Because oftentimes it is the woman — aside from commuting to work — who’s also taking children to schools or doing the shopping. And the more time that she spends on that road, the less time she spends doing things of higher value.”

https://www.rawstory.com/bill-cassidy-womans-problem/

Damn!

A ‘woman’s problem’?

This guy is a bigger moron than the other senator from Louisiana……I guess he is an old style Repub…..a woman’s place is in the kitchen a pregnant…..

See what I mean….MORON?

But do not blame him for his stupidity….blame the voter that sends this type of moron to DC to govern.

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“lego ergo scribo”

More On The Critical Race Theory

This is is big deal these days within the dwindle GOP ranks…..Red state after state is trying to pass laws against teaching this to students…..

In case you spend more time worrying about Britney and her stupidity let me flesh out the jest of the theory……..

Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that race is a social construct, and that racism is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.

  • Recognition that race is not biologically real but is socially constructed and socially significant. It recognizes that science (as demonstrated in the Human Genome Project) refutes the idea of biological racial differences. According to scholars Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, race is the product of social thought and is not connected to biological reality.
  • Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions, like the legal system, that replicate racial inequality. This dismisses the idea that racist incidents are aberrations but instead are manifestations of structural and systemic racism.
  • Rejection of popular understandings about racism, such as arguments that confine racism to a few “bad apples.” CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or “colorblindness.” CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.
  • Recognition of the relevance of people’s everyday lives to scholarship. This includes embracing the lived experiences of people of color, including those preserved through storytelling, and rejecting deficit-informed research that excludes the epistemologies of people of color.

Got it now?

Even religious types are against the teaching of the CRT (Critical Race Theory)…..

Pastor Dr. Byron McWilliams explained to his congregation on Sunday that God condemns critical race theory — an academic movement that seeks to provide a greater understanding of racial justice.

In his sermon at First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas, McWilliams reported on his attendance at the recent Southern Baptist Convention.

One of the accomplishments, he said, was the denouncement of critical race theory.

“And the reason why is because it’s a theory of man,” McWilliams explained. “And it goes directly against the word of God, where the word of God of says that every man and every woman was created in the image of God regardless of the color of their skin.”

“And so that’s why we denounced that,” the pastor added to applause.

It was not immediately clear how critical race theory contradicts the Bible.

(rawstory.com)

Confused?

Me as well.

Watch the video…..and help us understand the moronic babbling of those slugs that give us that ‘old time religion’…..

 

The Assault!

In this case I am not posting about the danger of the 06 January…..I am not saying that the insurrection was not a danger to our republic just that another assault could be much ore dangerous and hazardous to our beloved nation.

The assault that I am talking about is that assault on the voting rights of our citizenry…..

Attorney Marc Elias explains the dangers…..

Democratic attorney Marc Elias has been quite aggressive when it comes to filing lawsuits against Republican voter suppression efforts. But when Elias, the founder of Democracy Docket, appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Thursday night, June 3, he warned that lawsuits alone are not going to be enough to defend voting rights in the United States.

Elias’ appearance on Maddow’s show came at a time when Republicans in state legislatures all over the U.S. are pushing voter suppression bills and many Trump supporters in the GOP are continuing to promote the Big Lie and the false, debunked conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump was the victim of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, now-President Joe Biden won the election decisively, picking up 306 electoral votes and defeating Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote.

Elias told Maddow, “It’s not realistic to assume that every provision of every bad law is going to get struck down by court. We won more than we lost in 2019 and 2020 — we did better than in the post-election. But you can’t assume that when state after state after state throws the kitchen sink at voters and makes restricting voting rights their top priority, that the courts are going to be there to bat them all back.”

https://www.alternet.org/2021/06/voting-rights/

The Dems need to stop trying a failed policy of bi-partisanship….they need to stop pussy footing around and step up and fight harder for the people’s right to vote without obstruction.

Instead they cling to the dinosaur of all policies in the Congress….that of bi-partisanship….that compromise on major issues is as dead as the do-do.

“It is worth remembering that it is illegal under state and federal law to change vote outcomes,” Rubin writes. “This is the basis for the ongoing investigation of the former president’s phone call with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, in which the election’s loser pleaded with the Republican official to ‘find’ sufficient votes to change the state’s outcome…. In addition, federal law says that any person who ‘knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process’ has committed a felony.”

Rubin continues, “It also makes it a crime for a ‘person acting under color of law’ to ‘willfully fail or refuse to tabulate, count, and report’ legal votes. In other words, simply putting control of elections in the hands of partisan Republicans does not mean they can flip election results at will. However, the potential to disrupt and discredit elections is great. And in the case of federal elections, some state legislatures might seek to certify their own slate of electors claiming the voters’ choice was invalidated by fraud.”

https://www.alternet.org/2021/06/voting-rights-2653239925/

Voters need to arm themselves with factual information not the manure spread by morons on social media about election fraud….then get involved with the changing of the crap you must endure to vote.

You have the power…..but you must use it or lose it!

And lose it you will and if you look around you will see your right being subdued and eventually removed.

Is that what you want?

If so then sit on your ass watching crap on reality TV….but do not bitch if you are not involved.

(sound of crickets)

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“Defund The Police”

Oh boy the GOP has a new slogan for the next election cycle….a slogan but NO policy to address the term…..or the problem (which is typical these days….lots of slogans and NO policies)

This is nothing new….as a matter of fact I have addressed the idea on several occasions……

 
 
 
(Why I bother to offer background info is beyond me)
 
The basic fact is that police reform is a moot point…..the police cannot be reformed….
Why would I make such a statement?

The American police have more funding than any military besides our own or China’s. This certainly makes any sort of revolution, no matter the strength of organizing, extremely difficult. Despite this mismatch, we see a weak spot: the police themselves.

It they can’t even handle criticism, they likely will continue to roll over when class contradictions heighten. The American Right, while horrifying in their institutional power, extremism, militancy and stupidity, are above all a small and cowardly lot. They are overrepresented in the courts, the cops and in political office.

But without a whole lot of dark money and big guns behind them, they fold, and fold quickly. In some ways it may be surprising that the largest chunk of police abolition has been by the police being so snowflake they can’t hang with massive peaceful protests. Yet this is a sign that this approach is working. Noam Chomsky has recalled the unprecedented nature of the global protests following George Floyd. These protests worked to defund the police, even when politicians predictably opted mostly for symbolism.

The Police Can’t Be Reformed

I offered up possible ways to reform the police….sadly none will ever happen…..I mean look at Biden…..https://lobotero.com/2021/04/14/biden-and-police-reform/

A good start….but where will it go in this spineless Congress?

I am sorry but I do not see any thing actually changing in the policing of our streets in my lifetime…..of course that is not that long because I am an old fart.

I wish someone somehow could formulate a plan that would put more equity on our streets….but sadly all this is just a fart in a hurricane….all this rhetoric signifies nothing.
 
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“lego ergo scribo”

The Brain Dead Party

Of course I am talking about the GOP.

And the Supreme Court has made it official……

In a stunning decision last week, the Supreme Court ripped the mask off the Republican Party. According to the nation’s highest court, the party no longer has anything to offer the American people.

Of course, the Supreme Court didn’t say that directly, but that’s the indisputable meaning of their ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Seven justices — including two appointed by Donald Trump — rejected, for the third time, a Republican Party attempt to overturn the public health plan passed by Congress in October 2009.

Read between the lines of their decision. In effect, the Supreme Court told Republicans: Look, get serious. ObamaCare’s been around for almost 12 years now. You promised to “repeal and replace” it with something better, yet never came up with a plan of your own. You voted to repeal it 54 times in the House, but never got enough votes in the Senate. This is the third time you begged the Supreme Court to kill it for you, but couldn’t even convince your fellow conservatives to do so. In the meantime, the Affordable Care Act’s more popular than ever — and 31 million Americans have now signed up for health care coverage. You lost this battle. It’s time to move on.

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/559511-press-supreme-court-unmasks-brain-dead-party

The GOP is becoming as irrelevant as possible thanks to their devotion to the likes of Trump….the party is losing the urban and the suburban voters…..

The Republican Party is in a bind after the Donald Trump era destroyed the GOP in urban and suburban areas, according to a report by The New York Times.

The newspaper interviewed former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who left the Republican Party one day after the January 6th insurrection by Trump supporters seeking to overturn the election.

“I don’t think the right has kept up with the times,” Sanders told the newspaper.

“Across the political map this year, Mr. Sanders’s diagnosis of his former party appears indisputable: In off-year elections from Mr. Sanders’s California to New York City and New Jersey and the increasingly blue state of Virginia with its crucial suburbs of Washington, D.C., the Republican Party’s feeble appeal to the country’s big cities and dense suburbs is on vivid display,” the newspaper explained. “But the party’s growing irrelevance in urban and suburban areas also comes at a considerable cost, denying conservatives influence over the policies that govern much of the population and sidelining them in some of the country’s centers of innovation and economic might. The trend has helped turn formerly red states, like Georgia and Arizona, into purple battlegrounds as their largest cities and suburbs have grown larger and more ethnically mixed.”

https://www.rawstory.com/republicans-cities-suburbs/

Since polls have proven to be anything but accurate we will see just how good this on is in 2022.

I believe we will be surprised.

Keep in mind that 57% of Repubs think the election as stolen through voter fraud…..and that would include the urban and suburban voter.

It says nothing good about our country that 1 in every 3 people apparently believe Joe Biden only defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 election through outright fraud. It is similarly unfortunate that the more than 30% of the country who do believe that has largely stayed unmoved by “facts” and “reality” for the past few months, according to a just-released poll from Monmouth University.

“The continuing efforts to question the validity of last year’s election is deepening the partisan divide in ways that could have long-term consequences for our democracy, even if most Americans don’t quite see it that way yet,” Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray explained in a statement accompanying the poll, published Monday morning. Indeed, a full 57% of Republican respondents affirmed that they believed Biden “only won [the 2020 election] due to voter fraud.”

https://www.mic.com/p/57percent-of-republican-voters-believe-trump-only-lost-because-of-fraud-per-a-new-poll-81277144

The GOP political consultants see the light…..

According to a report from the Washington Post, close aides to Donald Trump, as well as high ranking Republican Party insiders are doing all they can to discourage the former president from hastily making endorsements of Republicans with an eye on the 2022 midterms believing they could come back to haunt the party looking to regain power in Congress.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-2022-2653559909/

Is anyone listening?

The GOP has been brain dead since 2010…they offer this country nothing but obstruction and division…..and the voter licks it up…..

So just who is brain dead?

This is interesting info….but will it make a difference in 2022?

As it appears today….I think not.

Any thoughts?

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“lego ergo scribo”

GOP Senators Are Cowards

This is a continuation of my thoughts on the US Senate…..

To be honest most Dem senators are also cowards (notice I stated ‘most” not all)….

Before I explain why the GOP are such cowards I will explain why I feel that way about Dems….

Dems are cowards because they still clutch to the failed concept of bi-partisanship. They waste valuable time pursuit a dinosaur of a policy that may have worked in 1960 but those days are long gone….for over a decade it has been a policy that accomplishes only one thing…waste time and energy.

Now for the cowards in the GOP.

The news is that there are some GOP senators that would step up and support infrastructure or voting rights but are worried about the tongue lashing they would get from Trump and that pond scum that support his antiquated ideas.

Running scared is a sure sign of a coward.

If they will not stand up for their principles then what hope is there they will do so for the American people?

Like I said….COWARDS!

In the beginning of this country’s debate on statehood…..those that wanted a ‘house’ called ‘senate’ wanted this to be the repository of intellectual thought and meaningful debate….look at today if that description does not make you laugh then you have NO sense of humor.

 

Closing Thought–17Jun21

Most sane people know just how batcrap stupid Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin can be…..and now he has his panties in a twist over Youtube…….

To stand out even in conspiracy-addled MAGA land as a dangerous nutcase is no small feat. But Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson has proven himself up to the challenge, second only to Donald Trump when it comes to spouting deranged bullshit about the 2020 election, the January 6 insurrection, and the coronavirus pandemic. And, like the former president, Johnson’s peddling of lies and conspiracies has earned him a social media ban—at least temporarily.

Over the weekend, YouTube announced that it has suspended Johnson’s account for one week after he posted a video to his account promoting COVID treatments that the Food and Drug Administration has deemed unsafe and ineffective. “We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” the social media company said Friday, after locking the Republican’s account.

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the video that got Johnson busted featured comments he made in a June 3 appearance before the Milwaukee Press Club, in which he said the federal government was “not only ignoring but working against robust research” favoring “cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID.” Like Trump, Johnson has frequently promoted hydroxychloroquine as a COVID treatment, though the FDA revoked its emergency use authorization last summer and has said that studies have not shown it to be safe or effective at treating the virus.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/06/ron-johnson-youtube-ban-covid-conspiracy-theory

Johnson is a perfect example of “Can’t Fix Stupid”.

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