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If you've clicked on my profile to see what it says, here's what you should know: The older I get, the more radical I get -- and I've already gotten pretty damn old.

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So, why is no Democrat doing this?

Of course they would need television coverage of the speech - or it didn't happen.

But surely, there must a Democrat smart enough to strategize an opportunity for maximum media coverage?

I don't understand what Congressional Dems are up to. Why aren't they standing together as a group and loudly condemning what's happening to our country?

We get a peep here and there from Schiff, or Schumer, or one or two others - but nothing that relentlessly and non-stop pushes out a counter narrative.

I think if the Dems got noisy enough, relentlessly enough, they would get attention. They need to hammer out a constant message of human decency in contrast to the indecent and immoral behavior of the Trump administration and their GOP enablers.

Just as Steve Schmidt says:
Call this out. Call it by its name. Name the villains. Name their vile deeds. This is not an hour for small words and gestures. The moment has come to say what must be said.

Thank you, Bigtree, for posting this.

Hey man, good to see you! Thank you!

I truly think that as long as the other side is engaged in a culture war against us, we need to engage back and engage back hard.

They are wrong. They are assholes. They are bullies. They are bigots. They are liars. They should be given no quarter!

These are people who are bent on destroying the rule of law, bent on destroying empiricism, bent on destroying all vestiges of the Enlightenment.

The barbarians are at the gate. We don't need to be civil to them, we need to FIGHT them, no holds barred.

Yes, ridiculed - and also fought tooth and nail.

I'm so totally fed up with their whiney crap!

They feel like they're losing the "culture war." Well, damn right! There IS a culture war, and they are on the wrong damn side!

They reject the Enlightenment principles which infused the founding of this country. They reject science, they reject reason, they reject empirical proof, they reject the whole of the philosophical underpinnings of the Western world.

They would destroy every norm of civil behavior, destroy all the institutions built up over decades, destroy the very rule of law, in order to satisfy their lust for mocking the "elites".

I would consider them pathetic - if they had not so willfully chosen the path of ignorance, fear, and hate.

"On the other hand..."?!?!? I hope you're not serious!

In case you were actually serious, I must strenuously object.

These capabilities in the hands of the State will pretty much always be used to suppress legitimate dissent, and will rarely - if ever - be used to "fight terrorism, mass shootings, and riots."

Terrorism strengthens the State - the only reason to appear to "fight terrorism" is to impose increasing limits on the freedom of its citizens.

Mass Shootings - the only way to "fight" mass shootings is to limit the kinds and numbers of weapons in circulation. The State cannot surveill its way into the inner thoughts of gun owners. The number of gun owners needs to be severely limited, as well as the kinds of guns they are allowed to own.

Riots - Several elements to consider:

(1)This really depends on what you consider a "riot". Are you talking about surveilling sports fans to prevent them from getting drunk and running wild in the streets? Good luck with that.

(2)If you're talking about the idiot "Black Bloc" so-called anarchists who show up to break windows and shit during legitimate demonstrations, first determine how many of them are actually law enforcement undercover plants.

(3)And please bear in mind that authoritarian governments LOVE to characterize peaceful demonstrations as "riots" - I hope you know that.

There is no good to be had for ordinary people from governments having this kind of surveillance power. None.

We citizens need to make all association with the NRA totally toxic.

It's been heartening to see a few corporations recently ditching their NRA discounts, and some NRA events being cancelled.

Democratic office holders and candidates ought to continually excoriate the NRA as apologists for child killers, as a terrorist organization.

We must stop cowering in fear of the NRA - we need to spit in their eye, give them the finger, call them out relentlessly.

We can defeat the bogeyman - like Dorothy throwing the bucket of water on the wicked witch.

K&R - thank you, Hollywood Liberals!

I'm more than fine with "Hollywood Liberals" - putting their money where our principles are. What could be better? That those who have the means, give to the causes that are working to make for a better world.

Their help is welcome! Fuck the troglodytes!

Yes! Thank you! David Brooks is, unfortunately, an idiot.

I say "unfortunately" because every once in a while he seems to seriously flirt with rationality. And, stupid me, I get my hopes up that he will finally eschew and repudiate whatever delusional ideas he still clings to regarding being a "conservative".

But he never fails to disappoint.

I read this piece of crap editorial by Brooks earlier, and just wanted to vomit.

The people who defend gun rights believe that snobbish elites look down on their morals and want to destroy their culture. If we end up telling such people that they and their guns are despicable, they will just despise us back and dig in their heels.


Yes, I definitely WANT to "destroy their (damn, idiotic, stupid) culture" - their "culture" is totally fucked up. Their "culture" is toxic. Their "culture" is backward and ignorant and pathetic and disgusting. Damn right they are "despicable" - and it's way past time they were told so and fucking told off!

They have NO fucking "morality"! Why the hell should any actual sentient being defer to such unevolved troglodytes?

These are the people who are directly responsible for the degradation of our democracy - they are responsible due to their willful ignorance, their stupidity, their firmly closed minds.


Exactly. These are people who would have no compunction about shooting the "other"

if they've been riled up enough to believe that the "other" is immediately endangering their way of life.

"Liberals" are definitely among those who qualify as "other".

Guns/NRA/GOP - what if it's not just the money/campaign contributions?

(I can't sleep, I had this awful thought & just had to get out of bed to write it out.)

What if the ultimate reason behind the GOP's steadfast refusal to entertain even the very mildest of limits on the wide-open availability of every kind of firearm and ammunition, is that they actively WANT their supporters to be as well-armed as possible, in anticipation of an actual hot civil war? A civil war between the RWNJs and the much-maligned "Liberals" that develops into a real, actual shooting war?

There is nothing that the GOP and the right wing/fascists won't do to stay in power. They have no interest in governing, only in ruling. They have no interest in policies that would benefit the citizens of our country as a whole, and certainly no interest in compromise. Their only interest is power, and the financial rewards that come with it.

Their goal has long been permanent Republican majority, and they will cheat, lie, steal, and break any law, break any norm to achieve it.

And if their actions eventually bring on a new civil war, they'd be fine with it. Because they will have made sure that their most fanatic and zealous supporters are armed to the teeth, and are ready and willing to mow down any and all resistance with the arsenals they have accumulated.

What if the GOP isn't just comprised of assholes - what if the GOP has an inner core of adherents who are not just willing, but are actively preparing to promote a real war with the aim of eliminating all opposition to their permanent control of our country?

I can't sleep...

And that's the difference between the Republican mind and the Democratic mind in a nutshell.

Republicans: show them a bogeyman and they'll come running, salivating like Pavlov's dog, because they're wired to respond to fear.

Democrats: show them a social/community problem and they'll want to rise up to solve it, because they're wired to respond to human needs.
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