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Stand up against the so-called "three percenters" and let's make this a thing

Now I don't really tweet, but I am starting to learn about it. Anyway, my allies and I are running a little project, and we've recently come to the defense of Deedra Abboud, a woman who wants to run against Jeff Flake for the Senate seat in Arizona. Her positions are the epitome of what it means to be a progressive but unfortunately, she has also run into a great deal of hate and opposition because she is a Muslim. It is tragic to see her be opposed and be told "no no no" not because of the political positions she has but because of the way she prays.


As I said, I'm not really good at tweeting and this is something by my partners, but let's get out there and like it. Retweet it. Spread the word. Support Deedra Abboud and if "three percenters" don't like it, then they can publicly disavow this character.

I think I found an example of Trump style "unity and healing"

It's a Good Life by Jerome Bixby. A stoay about a town which is terrorized by a child with way too much power. Sound familiar?

It did no good to wonder where they were ... no good at all. Peaksville was just someplace. Someplace away from the world. It was wherever it had been since that day three years ago when Anthony had crept from her womb and old Doc Bates--God rest him--had screamed and dropped him and tried to kill him, and Anthony had whined and done the thing. He had taken the village someplace. Or had destroyed the world and left only the village, nobody knew which.

It did no good to wonder about it. Nothing at all did any good except to live as they must live. Must always, always live, if Anthony would let them.


Next day it snowed, and killed off half the crops--but it was a good day.


So I guess if we just say "But it's a good thing" when Trump insults fellow Americans and his supporters 'joke' about genocide against the groups of Americans they don't like, then we must be doing the "unity and healing" Trump and his supporters want, right?

"I'm sorry" is a good first step for that unity and healing Trump and his supporters go on about

I'm sorry I don't worship Donald Trump as an infallible man-god. I'm sorry that I was one of the 65 million Americans who made the horrible decision to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. I'm also sorry that my vote went against the wishes of the electoral college who, in their infinite wisdom, decided to gift us with your dear leader.

I'm sorry that I include GLBTQ-Americans, Muslim-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Americans with pre-existing conditions among my loved ones and I'm sorry that I am worried about their futures.

I'm sorry that I say that black lives matter even though I am a white person. I'm sorry that I see a militarized response to drug use when the face of that drug use is black but something that is a public health crisis when the face of that drug use is white as something that is wrong and racist.

I'm sorry that the flag I have is the contemporary American one with 50 stars and not some other flag like the Confederate flag... or the Nazi one.

I'm sorry that I see it being silly that we have an administration that wants to "join forces" with some polonium-slinging autocrat.

I'm sorry... So I guess we can work together for that unity and healing now, right?

So now you can send your medical bills to Rick Santorum too

Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum revealed this week that he has been working on a plan to effectively repeal Obamacare by stripping money from four Democratic states.

In an interview with Breitbart, Santorum said that he had been collaborating with Republican lawmakers to craft legislation that would block grant health care funds directly to the states, creating winners in red states and losers in blue states.

In short, this is the last chance for a healthcare bill to pass, and this is the best idea thats been floated yet, Santorum opined. Winston Churchill said that America does the right thing after they have tried everything first.

According to Breitbart, Santorum has partnered with establishment Republicans like Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). He has also made inroads with more conservative lawmakers in the House and GOP governors throughout the country, the former senator said.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/rick-santorum-hands-gop-plan-for-backdoor-repeal-of-obamacare-by-stealing-money-from-large-dem-states/

Remember folks, if your medical bills go up and/or access to services is cut or you experience diminished quality of medical care, then don't pay your medical bills, send them to... Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, the members of the electoral college who voted for Trump and Trumpcare, and now... Rick Santorum.

Not Paying.

The Nazis are counting on our potentials for apathy, conformity, and inaction

ďThe thing about us fascists is, itís not that we donít believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. Weíll just throw you in an oven."
- A quote as said by a Nazi who was the hate rally according to his father who has disowned him.

Here's the frightening thing about this, if you really think about this, how possible is this? Is it really the realm of unspeakable fantasy that can't really happen? I, for one, can picture these things being said as fellow Americans are walking to those ovens by their own volition to be thrown into them...
"We can walk away at any time, but we don't have a permit to do so."
"Oh well, maybe the survivors of this can possibly vote to change how this works next year."
"There are plenty of good people operating those ovens though."
"As long as the people throwing us into the ovens aren't foreigners."
"We're all going to die, so let's just get this over with."

The greatest strength of the Nazis is not that they have people with guns and cars, it's not that they have a President who gives them a pass, and it certainly isn't their genes. Their greatest strength is us not caring, us thinking being involved with the political system and being involved in other ways with a career or a family is a mutually exclusive dichotomy, that our power over the political sphere begins and ends one day in November every other year, going with the flow, etc.

Obviously, on a political forum, this kind of inaction exists nowhere at the level it can in the rest of society, but I think it is imperative that we act all that much harder in response to those who are inactive. And there are things we have to focus on as well...
* Vote but do more, support groups against the Nazi agenda. The ACLU, the SPLC, Planned Parenthood, etc.
* Debunk their tropes and cliches, defund their organizations, and discredit their leaders. This is war and someone is not going to be here at the end of this, and while it doesn't need to be with violence, but remember that the Nazis do not care about that.
* Consider an attack on the 'other' to be a future attack on you. Doesn't matter: Having pre-existing conditions, Jewish, Muslim, GLBTQ, non-gender binary, etc. "First they came for..." You say "Not this time."

Don't let their gun be your inaction!

So when does one become the other side in "both sides"? What is the line for being as bad as a Nazi?

Give this to all the Trump apologists. And please shuffle things around and add them as I took things from multiple dimensions (Beliefs, statements, social policy, economic policy, etc.) and put it all in one list so everybody will see things as different on the 'how extreme it is' scale. I also thought about making a question for support for the ACA and one for "Obamacare", but I decided against it, but if you want to do it, please do.

Please stop at the position that is "just as bad" as Dylann Roof, Jason Dalton, and Jason Alex Fields, 'joking' about throwing people into ovens, seeing "The Purge" and "Punishment Park" as instructional videos, and more.

Is it:
* Being "politically correct"?
* Seeing the concept of "political correctness" as a strawman used by the right?
* Saying "Happy Holidays"?
* Questioning the divinity and "divine inspirations" of people such as Pat Robertson?
* Thinking Alex Jones is an idiot?
* Seeing Breitbart News as the textbook definition of "fake news"?
* Seeing the Shoebat clan (Walid and Theodore) and Sebastian Gorka as frauds?
* Abolishing child labor?
* Saying that black lives matter?
* Seeing something wrong when it's a "war on drugs" for inner city blacks, but "public health crisis" for suburban whites?
* Supporting light gun control, as in military hardware not being in the streets?
* Thinking that access to contraception should be as free as access to Viagra?
* Adhering to concepts such as "social justice" or "equal rights"?
* Thinking that freedom of religion means much more than freedom to be YOUR religion?
* Supporting a minimum wage, safety regulations, and weekends?
* Putting fluoride in the drinking water?
* Vaccinating against diseases?
* Being a registered Democrat?
* Identifying as a liberal or progressive?
* Identifying as a feminist?
* Voting for people you, the person taking this, don't agree with?
* Supporting the Affordable Care Act?
* Providing support for refugees?
* Seeing race, gender, and class as social constructs rather than something biological or divinely inspired?
* Supporting the dismantling of Confederate monuments?
* Thinking that things such as Sandy Hook could have been prevented and looking for ways to prevent the next one?
* Protesting against right wing rallies?
* Identifying as an anti-fascist?
* Being an anti-fascist and supporting non-violent tactics against fascists?
* Supporting means tested welfare programs?
* Thinking the rich should pay higher taxes than the poor?
* Supporting a woman's right to choose?
* Supporting same sex marriage?
* Thinking transgendered individuals should have rights to self-determination?
* Identifying as a social democrat?
* Identifying as a socialist?
* Wanting universal healthcare?
* Wanting free college education?
* Supporting guaranteed employment programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps?
* Supporting the Nordic model of social and economic programs?
* Supporting a welfare state?
* Supporting the confiscation of guns?
* Supporting reparations for slavery and Jim Crow?
* Being an anti-fascist and supporting violent tactics against fascists?
* Identifying as a communist?
* The enactment of a communist state?
* Supporting a regime of radical feminism as defined by Rush Limbaugh and other pundits?
* Supporting a left wing revolution against the government and corporations, think Symbionese Liberation Army several times over?

A job rejection notification

Let's say one receives a boilerplate email or letter (usually email) that says "We have reviewed your application and credentials and, unfortunately, we are not moving forward with your job candidacy at this time. Best of luck in your job search." or something to that effect. This one is copied from one of those many emails I received years ago, other people may recognize this email as well, lurkers too. And I can honestly say, receiving this over and over again when bills were piling up and at a time when I was a new young adult trying to make my own life was truly dehumanizing. Today, I am employed at a place where I am loved and it's a thing I love doing, but it was a struggle back then and there was something I touched on in my own head a while back and I am very glad I did and today it's something I wish to fully articulate...

The person who sends those kinds of emails is usually white and/or male. (Full disclosure: I am white and male myself)

The person who originally designed it was probably white and/or male.

The person who made the ultimate hiring decision to hire not-you was probably white and/or male.

The person who knows you are applying to this job, it may even be a minimum wage job with zero benefits that you are genuinely willing to do and may actually be (over)qualified to do (yet you still need to eat), but said you are not worth the time or effort to employ or train was most likely white and/or male.

I know I've never received this email in Spanish or any dialect thereof and I never received one that said "Best of luck in your job search. Allahu Ackbar." I doubt anyone else here, at least in the US, has received it either.

But somehow it's the immigrant's fault or the ethnic minority is behind it all, right?

Trump can't be President of the "many sides"

Especially considering when one of those sides flies a flag of secession, worships a nation and it's leaders which broke apart from our state and waged war against it, seeks to be servile to Putin, sees college-educated Americans, liberal Americans, Jewish Americans, Muslim Americans, Transgender Americans, and Americans who protest against them as targets and the 'other' who is an enemy.

Trump can choose between being the head of state of this one side or he can choose to not have the office of the President tainted by his words and actions (or lack thereof).

This is the choice we all need to put out there for him, his supporters, and for all of us as well.

Infighting, running people in red areas, etc. doesn't matter if we're not fighting *It*

Not the Stephen King book, but very similar. We have a critical social problem in this country, and while I can not define what It is, I can give you all examples of this thing, this syndrome if you will, you have seen it, or something similar to what I am about to describe, and some of you may deny it completely, others may that it does exist and is a fringe thing, it has without a doubt become normalized by the recent 'election' and processes afterwards.

It is...

Somebody agreeing to every. Single. One. Of. These. Images. Simultaneously.

People who would rather have unemployment, an opioid crisis in their neighborhood, alienation, and I don't think it's that much of an exaggeration to say they would scratch out their own eyes than be "bossed around" by some college liberal and/or minority.

A person who says they actually think it is better (For some unexplained reason) to be shot by a "Jason Dalton" as opposed to a "Muhammad".

The politicians and media which attempt to shame people who want healthcare and education for all as unreasonable and even insane while normalizing the alt/far right and three percenter-types who view "Punishment Park" as an instructional video and viewing them as partners or associates.

Cheering on tax cuts you will never benefit from and sending death threats to a woman (and her young son) who posts a medical bill showing how her family benefits from the ACA because you are convinced that you are "temporarily not-rich" and the sick is simply the "other" that you are sure you will never be.

These people and institutions who push GLBTQ-Americans as predators just waiting to strike, Muslim-Americans as potential enemies, the millennial American as "killing everything", the college educated American as worthless, and the liberal American as horrific while pushing an autocrat in the Kremlin who invades allies, murders dissidents, blows up a civilian airplane, and slings polonium as our greatest ally.

Notice how I didn't mention Trump, that's because It is bigger than Trump, with his administration and all the double standards and attempts to normalize what is going on as just another manifestation of It.

Going forward, we have to out-organize It, we have to debunk and discredit tropes and cliches associated with It, we have to defund and find ways to destroy institutions which push It, and while we have to vote against It when this system is pushed by people and issues, if we're not finding ways to resist and mitigate It in a multitude of ways every day starting today, then we're not going to win ever again. Period.

One can not simultaneously "respect the office of the President" and respect the trans community now


We need to crack the bully pulpit.
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