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It's not the "liberal" (LOL) media's fault that Republicans lie and ignore inconvenient FACTS.

Only someone who thinks that extreme right-wing, billionaire-funded lies are the Gospel (pun intended) Truth (TM) could actually believe that the corporate, sensationalist, ratings-driven American news media is "liberal" in any meaningful sense of the word. But what else is new with Republicans? No wonder they love America's shitty reality-TV show host/pathological Liar-in-Chief.

I can't IMAGINE why Trump won the Republican nomination decisively in the first place.

After all, the Tea Partiers were obviously motivated by "small government" and "fiscal responsibility", and in no way spent the last eight years freaking the fuck out about the Black "Muslim" Man in the White House who "wasn't even born here", along with white demographic decline and anger at black and brown people gaining political power in general.

( Not at all, obviously. )

So it looks like there are literally no remotely honest or respectable Republicans left.

I can't imagine why anyone who used to be a Republican would have left anytime in the past few decades or so.

Unfortunately, the consequence has been that basically the only people the Republican Party attracts these days are the racists, the mean-spirited bullies and assholes, and the paranoid far-right conspiracy theorists. Not that any of these categories are mutually exclusive, of course.

Party of Lincoln, my ass. Hell, they don't even qualify as the Party of Reagan or Bush anymore. Those guys were a bunch of RINO Establishment sellouts, unlike the Great Leader TRUMP!

"We will make no distinction between the 9/11 terrorists and those who harbor them!"

But remember folks...he kept us safe.

What the Trump WH and Congressional Republicans are doing is unprecedented merely in degree.

Trump reveals how he and other Republican politicians really feel toward their own voters.


Why support a Republican like Paul Ryan, who desperately tries to hide his otherwise painfully obvious Randian contempt for the "little people", when you could instead vote for a guy who embraces the fact that he's a corrupt, racist, misogynistic, arrogant, self-entitled piece of shit who cons the less fortunate for his own short-term financial gain? He's just acting transparent about it - which is more than you can say about the rest of the rich white pricks who make up the Republican Party leadership.

"Yeah, I'm Donald Trump, and I'm the biggest douche in the world. What are you going to do about it?"

When you get your ass handed to you so bad that you might as well give up now.


"Voter fraud" has been the justification for denying black Americans the vote since the late 1800s.

Excellent, righteous op-ed in NBC News by William J. Barber II that puts the recent Republican Right's suppression of black voters in historical perspective - and emphasizes the fact that this racist oppression and disenfranchisement ultimately hurts ALL of us. Excerpts below:

On the first Sunday in March, 1965, TV networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programming to show law officers on horseback chasing and beating unarmed Americans on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. "Bloody Sunday" shocked the nation, exposing the extremism of Congress' Jim Crow caucus, which had resisted the expansion of voting rights for nearly a century.

52 years later, America is reeling from the political extremism unleashed by the first election in half a century without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. In the midst of our present crisis, the blood of Selma's martyr's cries out as clearly as in 1965: America cannot suppress the vote of any one group without hurting everyone in this democracy.

Throughout the South in the late 1860s and early 1870s, black Lincoln Republicans (unlike today's GOP) voted with local whites to elect progressive state legislatures that challenged corporate interests, expanded public education, and sought criminal justice reform. These coalitions were violently attacked by the Klan, but they also faced a relentless propaganda campaign from Southern Democrats who accused black and white legislators of stealing elections through "voter fraud."

After the end of Reconstruction in 1877, unfounded accusations of voter fraud became the basis for literacy tests, poll taxes, and other voter suppression tactics. Though challenged in the courts under the 15th amendment, Jim Crow voting laws were upheld for decades because they did not deny the franchise based on an individual's race. But after Selma, the Voting Rights Act recognized that their intent and effect was the suppression of African-American votes and the destruction of the progressive coalitions that black political power made possible.

We cannot make sense of President Trump's unsubstantiated claim of 3 to 5 million illegal votes in last year's election apart from this history. "Voter fraud," though proven to be statistically irrelevant in modern elections, has been the primary justification for voter suppression bills in 22 states since the Supreme Court stripped the Voting Rights Act of its power in their 2013 Shelby decision. Though it is the responsibility of Congress under the 15th amendment to guarantee voting rights to all Americans, they have failed for nearly four years to restore the VRA.

Even more sinister than they lie of voter fraud is the lie that voter suppression only hurts black people. The policies of progressive coalitions that include African-Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, poor and working people today are now, as during Reconstruction, policies that lift up the good of the whole.

Extremist attacks on these coalitions hurt all Americans. The dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, the DOJ, public schools, and the EPA, as well as attacks on immigrants and religious minorities, affect all of us.

The extremism that now infects the White House, Congress, and dozens of America's state houses would not be possible without the 21st-century voter suppression which has flourished in the absence of VRA protections.

"Bloody Sunday" doesn't only offer a diagnosis of our malady; it also shows us the way forward. Diverse coalitions of people who are willing to put their bodies on the line to expose extremism offer the greatest hope of reviving the heart of our democracy.


As we go forward in our efforts to resist right-wing power and nefariousness, we must continue to remember the words of this wise, beloved fighter for black Americans and furthermore, ALL people - not just Americans - who have been socially marginalized and spat upon by their fellow human beings who just happened to have more power and privilege than them:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

80% of White Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton AND Barack Obama's legacy.

That's right. I'm talking about the same "family values" voters who were staunch supporters of a once-divorced B-list Hollywood actor who was estranged from a couple of his kids and rarely attended church services himself, an elite Ivy League family intimately tied to the Saudi Arabian ruling class (you know, the same crowd who brought us RADICAL ISLAMIC TERRORISM e.g. Osama bin Laden and most of the 9/11 hijackers along with wealthy donors to all of the viciously, murderously aggressive groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS, etc.), along with one Republican Speaker of the House who divorced two of his wives (one of which he cheated on while she was suffering from cancer, IIRC) and another who turned out to be a child sex offender. And as for Trump...do I REALLY need to explain this one?

For the relentless Republican opposition to President Barack Obama and his administration from the moment he was elected (or rather, the moment he was nominated) it really says something that there was never any kind of personal, family-related, marriage or sex scandal surrounding President Obama or any member of his family. Since they couldn't go down that route like they did for Bill Clinton, they just flat-out rejected our first Black President (who TR, was ALL Americans' President, - whether they accepted that fact or not), seeking to de-legitimize him in every which way, using thinly veiled (if that) racism and racist insinuations that he wasn't "legitimate" or that he wasn't "really American." And the man who - above all others - ranted and raved on and on with those disgusting, revolting, and utterly SHAMEFUL and deeply racist accusations - who launched and built his contemporary political career within the Republican Party by his deeply personal racist assaults on President Obama and by extension, all black Americans, and all Americans of color, and even all of us white people who have supported Obama against the racist bullshit coming from our fellow "tribesmen" - THAT man was richly rewarded for it by being nominated by the Republican Party and being narrowly elected (with a little help from his friends in the FBI and the Russian government, of course ) in spite of losing the total number of votes overall to Obama's would-be Democratic successor by literally millions of votes. Yet he still became President of the United States; and in terms of votes, White, self-identified "Christians" contributed in a very out-sized way to his overall total.

I would say that this makes me ashamed to be a "Christian" if I didn't believe that for these people, "following Christ" is just a self-justifying slogan for the sanctification of White American Supremacy, and of the self-entitlement, hatefulness, bigotry, and discrimination and violence directed against black people and other people of color (not to mention, immigrants, women, LGBTQ Americans, Muslims, Jews, atheists, agnostics, and other religious "Nones", and potentially even the "liberal heretics" who have the gall to say that they, too, follow the example of Christ Jesus ). But I refuse to let them define "Christianity" for the rest of us, and I know that I'm not alone here.


Obama had more support among white voters in years of popular anger directed specifically at the GOP

Some of these people - specifically outside of the South along with certain parts of the Interior West, the Lower Midwest, and Appalachia (I'm looking at you, West Virginia) were willing to vote for a black Democrat - the first black presidential nominee and President of the United States, mind you - in years in which John "The fundamentals of our economy are strong" McCain and Mitt "The 47 percent are lazy 'takers' were the Republican nominees.

But for a Republican candidate, Trump was unusually appealing to less educated, modest-income white voters. And it really didn't help us, unfortunately, that Hillary Clinton was widely perceived as the epitome of the "Beltway Establishment", especially in a year in which a lot of voters were really wanting an "outsider" who would "go in there and really shake things up." (Careful what you wish for... )

Also, Hillary simply didn't receive the turnout boost and enthusiasm among black voters and other voters of color along with young voters that Obama benefited from so much in both 2008 and 2012. And the presence of Jill Stein and Gary Johnson on the ballot certainly didn't help matters, either. And yes, voter suppression in certain Republican-controlled states (Wisconsin being a pretty fucking blatant case, IMHO) was also a real factor.

All of this needs to be factored in even BEFORE including Comey's unprecedented actions and "Emailgate", the alarming amount of influence from Russia, the self-serving assholes at WikiLeaks, the Great White Backlash at Black Lives Matter + other social justice movements along with the heightened sense of unease and fear among white Americans from the advent of black political power during the Obama Presidency and the recognition of demographic decline (proportionately speaking) among white Americans in general (which seemed particularly relevant this past year among many rural and working class white Americans), anger at Clinton and the DNC from Sanders supporters, a disgustingly negligent and dangerously careless mainstream/corporate media that cynically profited off of both Donald Trump's constant barrage of bullshit as well as any whiff of controversy or scandal - manufactured or not - involving Hillary, the backlash from Black Lives Matter and Obama, and yes, all of the misogyny, sexism, and long history of "baggage" and "scandal" that has followed Hillary Clinton like a crowd and has been created in many ways and constantly exploited by the "Vast, Right-Wing Conspiracy" (which yes, IS real, well-organized, and ruthlessly disciplined and persistent) that Hillary so aptly described back in the 90s.

And even with all of this, Hillary Clinton STILL got more votes overall than Donald Trump (On behalf of the great state of California: "You're welcome!" ), and is still objectively more popular than Trump and the Republican Party as a whole. So yeah, we must keep this all in perspective as we discuss these things.
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