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That's part of it.

So many of them have tiny, depressing lives. They smoke, drink, & work their dead-end jobs. When there's no job, heroin & opiates enter the picture. They don't read, travel, or even go to the movies. They go grocery shopping, to Walmart, & to church.They're content not to know anything about the big, scary world.

I know this to be true; my father's family was full of people like this. He got an education & a profession & got away from all that. We saw them on holidays until my grandmother died, as did a lot of those relatives.

They're authoritarian personalities.

...There are various different related concepts to that of authoritarianism. These include conservatism, dogmatism, and ethnocentrism. Some focus on thinking style, others on prejudice. Most argue that this “attitudinal syndrome” rather than a personality trait, occurs for both genetic/heredity and environmental factors. At the core of the theories is the idea of a generalized susceptibility to experience anxiety and threat when confronted by ambiguity or uncertainty.

Thus for various reasons – a person’s ability and personality, their early life and current circumstances – some people feel inferior and insecure and fearful of lack of clarity. Therefore to avoid uncertainty authoritarians dislike anything or anybody that advocates complexity, innovation, novelty, risk or change. They tend to dislike conflict and decision making and subjugate their personal feelings and needs to external authorise. They obey the rules norms, conventions and more importantly insist others do too.

So conservatives and authoritarians get obsessed by ordering and controlling their internal world and external world. They like simplistic, rigid and inflexible duties, laws, morals, obligation and rules. This affects everything from their choice of art to how they vote.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sideways-view/201502/the-mind-the-authoritarian

U.S. Employers Struggle To Match Workers With Open Jobs

In the United States, there's a record number of jobs open: around 6 million. That's just about one job opening for every officially unemployed person in the country.

Matching the unemployed with the right job is difficult, but there are some things employers could do to improve the odds.

Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist for the job site Glassdoor, says U.S. employers often complain that workers don't have the skills needed for the jobs available. That is true for some upper-level health care and technology jobs. "But for the most part, it doesn't look to be like there is a skills gap," Chamberlain says. "That's not the main reason why there are many job openings."

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/31/547646709/u-s-employers-struggle-to-match-workers-with-open-jobs

Trump Raises an Army

Trump’s supporters see him as vector; he sees them as market.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/opinion/trump-harvey-storm-army.html?mcubz=1

Explaining, Again, The Nazis' True Evil

Nazis don't always look like bad guys in funny helmets. The Nazis and other bigots in khaki slacks and bright polo shirts who marched in Charlottesville chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans I'd rather not repeat on a Saturday — or at all. But it's discouraging to feel that you have to explain, more than 70 years after Nazi Germany was defeated, why Nazis are still the menace that embody evil.

The 20th century saw a lot of state-sanctioned mass murder: Stalin, Mao, Mengistu and Pol Pot, Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Ethiopia's Red Terror, the Great Purge, the Cultural Revolution, and more. In America there were lynchings and the cruelty of official segregation, which followed the end of slavery, and the massacre of so many Native Americans.

To cite one or another doesn't excuse any. But Nazism was something extraordinary. The laws on race and citizenship they began to impose on taking power in 1933, which were encoded in the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, invoked blood, soil and the twisted science of eugenics to make anti-Semitism and Aryan supremacy the law. They used those wicked decrees to begin to engineer the murder of millions.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/19/544641070/explaining-again-thenazis-true-evil

There is no such thing as "alt-left."

The so-called alt-left is just something made up by the far right to try to create a false equivalency between them and peaceful counter-protesters, and to deflect attention from indefensible activities.

Just my 2 cents.

X-The New World

"honest to goodness the bars weren't open this morning
they must have been voting for a new president of something
do you have a quarter?" I said yes because I did
honest to goodness the tears have been falling all over the countrys face
it was better before before they voted for what's his nam, this is supposed to be the new world
flint ford auto mobile alabama windshield wiper buffalo new york gary indiana don't forget the motor city baltimore and d.c. now all we need is don't forget the motor city
this was supposed to be the new world
all we need is money, just give us what you can spare
twenty or thirty pounds of potatoes or twenty of thirty beers
a turkey on thanks giving like alms for the poor
all we need are the necessities and more
it was better before they voted for what his name
this is suppose to be the new world
don't forget the motor city
this was supposed to be the new world"

I went to see X last week in Atlanta. This is just as relevant as it was in the early 80s!

Trump is Being Taken Apart, Step By Step

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Maybe James Comey shares little more in common with Hoover than former job titles, but he might be able to take down a president while he’s still living, and in broad daylight. For a lot of people, this is an example of a Deep State or an incompetent Establishment carrying out a coup that overrules the verdict the people made at the ballot box. And, it’s true, our clandestine services have been known to orchestrate coups and meddle in elections in other countries. The presumption in these cases is that this meddling is unjustified or even immoral, but I don’t know that people would have felt much differently about Watergate if they knew someone at the top of the FBI was leaking to Woodward and Bernstein. Nixon really had committed crimes and he really was committing more as he tried to cover his tracks. The way to make sure he was removed from office wasn’t to prosecute him. It was to make sure the people knew what he had done.

http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017/05/17/trump-is-being-taken-apart-step-by-step/

A Presidency Stalled And Sputtering

Since the Republican health care bill collapsed a little more than a week ago, President Trump's White House has struggled with a path forward. Trump is dealing with finger-pointing and infighting that threatens to derail his agenda, as well as nagging Russia investigations on Capitol Hill that are raising more questions than answers about his team.

And Trump has a real perception problem with the American public — he has the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in more than half a century.

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/01/522232180/a-presidency-stalled-and-sputtering

My 2 cents:

The conservative movement will die if there's no one to hate & demonize. Some people need that "us vs. them" mentality. When the Cold War ended, the political right didn't have the Soviets or the Commies to kick around anymore, so they turned on their fellow Americans.
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