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Seems that most of us are "sheep, wimps, snowflakes"

That's really the way that Republicans see us. As for the rabid beast in the White House, he sees nothing but himself in the mirror.

But, really. The only answer we have to today's reality is, "vote!" Is that really enough? Republicans are doing everything possible to make sure we can't vote, or that our votes don't count. We take them to court on that, but it seems that those courts have been packed by the GOP. (Especially the five pricks on the SCOTUS.) And the bottom line here is that this year's election can be stolen at the presidential and senate levels.

We must understand that this is similar to the way that much of Europe fell into fascism in the 1930s. History doesn't repeat itself exactly, but the echos of the horror of that time are with us right now. All we have to do is watch and listen. And we must then act to prevent it from happening again.

That last paragraph seems to be a call to some form of revolt. But it's merely a warning as to the reality that is right in front of our faces. It's a warning about the survival of democracy.

There are tens of thousands of activists, lawyers, etc. out there fighting this outrage every day. They are winning a few and losing most of the big ones. But they're up against a stacked deck.

Let me get to the bottom line here. When those who "rule" us are fucking us, there comes a point at which "playing by the rules" is meaningless. It seems to me that we, the majority, have to demonstrate that Republicans and their beloved leader has misjudged us. It's way, way past time to show those (who don't give a shit if we live or die) that we are not the sheep they think we are. At one time, Germany and Japan made that mistake. It's our turn to prove that the GOP has made exactly the same mistake.

My capacity for empathy has become selective

During most of my life, I can't recall wishing death on my worst enemy. We all have our own values, and although mine are not based on religion, (I'm a devout agnostic), I have encountered people whom I hated.But I never wished them dead. (And no, I'm not a saint. I've just always believed that you only go around once and that human life is precious.)

I have now lost most of my empathy for most Republicans. I really don't care if they live or die. And yes, I know that's a horrible fucking statement and concept. I can't believe I've reached a point where I've said "fuck you and your life" to so many human beings. But there is some broad-based kind of "them" that I hate and with whom I really don't want to share this planet.

The concept of evil was always one I wrestled with. Yet, I believe we're seeing that abstract quality now in far too many people. And it's one I've come to believe in.

In general, the Republican Party couldn't give a shit who lives or dies, as long as they can profit from it and retain power. And their current "Beloved Leader" is the worst offender in these values. The creature currently inhabiting the White House is an empty, soulless man who barely meets the definition of being a human being. And tens of thousands may die because of him during this horrible time.

I regret the loss of my capacity for empathy. Is Trump responsible for that? Are Republicans responsible for that? Yeah, partially. And it's also partially due to my own inability to withstand the assault with which they have attacked our values and our sense of decency.

After we get through this horrible virus, I believe that the future of our country, and perhaps the world, depends on defeating the even worse virus that is called The Republican Party. They are a danger to the concept of human freedom. They are a threat to human decency. They are evil.

Can anyone say anything positive about Trump?

Here's my list:

Obama: "One brief shining moment."

"One brief shining moment" is a song line from the show "Camelot."

Today, I've been hit by a wave of depression. We had eight years of an outstanding man of character, conscience and decency occupying the White House. And there was never a moment of any day that we worried about our freedoms, our protections, our country, or the guarantees of our Constitution.

The Republicans tried hard to crap on him and discredit him, but they've been doing that since FDR. So what else is new? And their icing on the cake was that they were attacking a black man and they knew that would bring joy to their base.

Nonetheless, think of the years 2009 to 2016. Even against GOP resistance, he got Obamacare past those malevolent pricks and it's made life a little better for many millions of Americans. Including those who hate him but will never "get it."

Jeeez, I miss that man. (Not to mention Michelle. If you haven't read her book, "Becoming," get a copy from the library and make your day/week.)

Every moment of the past three plus years, during which the White House has been infested by malignant ogres, makes Obama seem like some distant dream of what America was supposed to be and should be.

I'd love to see a history book from a future, sane, restored America. I have no doubt that Obama will be very close to the top of the list of Great American Presidents.

Insanity unleashed

I've been busy and missed Trump's insane pardoning spree until an hour or two ago. I guess we're lucky that Ted Bundy and Charles Manson are dead, or Trump may have pardoned them too. What's it going to take to rid us of the depravity of this beastly creature? Not to mention the criminal Republican Party that unleashed him to do anything and everything to anyone and everyone.

Yesterday, a "casual acquaintance" of mine, a Trump zombie, was praising "Dear Leader" and I exploded. I let go with a red-faced rant that lasted for a few rage-filled minutes. I don't think this guy I unloaded on is a "casual acquaintance" any longer. No great loss. Life is too short to tolerate people who love cruel, malicious people.

If some power/intelligence/sentience may exist in the universe, it was wise to come up with limited life spans. Otherwise, I'd be stuck spending eternity stewing about Trump and his cult of "good Nazis." Who ever thought that so many millions of Americans could be deaf to the echoes of history?

What a magnificent moment

The instant that Nancy Pelosi tore apart the "speech" that contained the shit that spewed from Trump's mouth, will be viewed as a moment of greatness.

No one will ever remember what the Orange Creature said. But Americans of the future will hail Nancy Pelosi's act of defiance against a cruel, malignant despot as a moment of American greatness.

Nancy, that act of brilliance will go down in the history books. Long after we all are gone, your inspirational act of spitting on Trumpism will always be recognized and will inspire people everywhere.

You have become a symbol of what decent people must do when confronted by evil.

Are Republicans a different species than the rest of us?

Will science, someday, uncover a "Republican gene?"

I'm only half serious here, but who can deny that there is a vast difference between the emotional/psychological makeups of Democrats and Republicans.

Do they have consciences? Do they give a shit about the declining health of planet Earth? Do they care about the poisonous political system and the unlivable planet they're leaving their children and grandchildren? I think not.

I've done mind experiments in which I've tried to see the world the way they do. And each time I've done it, I've considered that suicide is a preferable alternative to that mindset.

These are a couple of broad generalities, but, most Republicans seem to thrive on hatred and greed, while most Democrats seem to thrive on tolerance and sharing the world's resources.

So are we talking about two different species of beings here? Who knows?

You can take what I'm saying here with a huge grain of salt. But can anyone really explain why Republicans see the world and other humans as things to be exploited, while Democrats long for a world of good and plenty for all?

For anyone who doesn't get it, the GOP are our deadly enemies

Let me put this clearly as possible.

Today's Republican Party is the deadly enemy of human decency and American Democracy.

They don't give a flying shit about your well-being, your job security, your standard of living, your children, your health, your minimum wage, your retirement, -- or even your very existence.

Understand this: THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU. You and I are nothing to them except cheap labor, unless they can find it cheaper, elsewhere.

Oh, and as for you people who constantly vote for Republicans, I'm including you as those who are getting fucked every day of your lives. You just don't "get it." Do you understand what Republicans are? Do you understand what they're doing to you? Some of those you vote for are among the most ignorant, uncaring, greedy, cruel people in existence. But they are fucking you, as well as almost everyone you know, and as well as most Americans.

If you are unable to do anything else to affect your life, remember this. Don't ever, ever vote for a Republican for anything. Some of them don't know it, but most of them do. Their mission in life is to, at a minimum, fuck you, and at a maximum, to destroy you.

Voting for Democrats and putting them in power to the maximum extent, everywhere, won't make the world into a Utopia. But, at a bare minimum, you will be voting for people who care about you and will do their best to make this a better world for all of us.

Note: This OP is derived from a reply I posted on another thread. It's just more succinct and to the point.

McConnell: "Fuck the Constitution." Pelosi: "We'll see about that."

McConnell and most Republicans don't care about the principals/concepts/laws embedded in the Constitution. They are interested in gaining absolute power and holding it. Forever.

Many of us know this, and most of us are against it. But aside from marching/protesting, and most importantly, voting, we are virtually powerless.

And that's why we should be thankful for Nancy Pelosi. At this moment in history, Speaker Pelosi, and the Democrats who follow her, are, at this moment in time, saving us from an absolute dictatorship.

She has used her power brilliantly. And she has also gotten into the head of an orange madman and is driving him more crazy than he already is. The misogynistic piece of crap suffers daily about the fact that A WOMAN has power. And that she's in a position to stop him from being The King.

So McConnell, Trump, and all the rest of you motherf$#%*^s, wake up. You don't get to own the world. One gutsy, smart, dedicated WOMAN is standing in your way.

We'll have to wait until the next election to see where this is going. But right now, if it weren't for Nancy Pelosi, we, and the rest of the world, would be screwed beyond repair.

And what I have to say at this moment is thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, Nancy.

This was one of my best Sunday mornings in years.

Having reached a saturation point of disgust, I decided to not watch the Sunday morning "news" shows. Instead, I switched to a PBS station that was showing a John Denver documentary.

John Denver's songs, "I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane," "Rocky Mountain High," "Country Roads," "Annie's Song," "Calypso," and so many more, were songs he wrote during a horrible era in American history -- Vietnam, Watergate and extreme political divisiveness.

Yet, John Denver's songs, and his genuine persona, brought moments of enjoyment to millions and they brought them to me this morning. Critics of the era crapped on him because he was neither country music, rock, nor any other identifiable category. Yet millions loved his songs. He sold over a billion records for RCA.

"Annie's Song," (you may not know the title, but google it and you will instantly recognize it), is perhaps one of the most beautiful love songs ever written. He wrote it in just ten minutes, after a spat with his wife, Annie, at the time. (To me, it's a work of musical art that will endure for centuries.)

He became acquainted with Jacques Cousteau and wrote "Calypso," for Cousteau, his crew, his mission of deep sea exploration, and his ship, the "Calypso". (Google that one too. You'll love it.)

John Denver lived in Aspen when it wasn't today's Aspen, but within spitting distance of nowhere. He adopted a black son, (which was an amazing, courageous and magnificent thing to do about 45 years ago), and a daughter.

Living in Colorado, and respecting and loving the land around him, John Denver was an environmentalist before that word existed. He treasured nature and the world that sustains us.

And virtually everyone who knew him attested to the fact that he was exactly the public person he seemed to be.

Today, we are living through another horrible American nightmare. Many of us live with days filled with despair about the future. At this moment, we could sure use many artists like John Denver who, with their music, can help us to carry on and endure.
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