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Sunday, October 9, 2022

Why Shaming Republican Candidates For Their Bigotry Won't Work

The Democrats and media are correct in calling out the unequivocally bigoted campaign rhetoric coming from numerous Republicans, but at this point, it's very moot. Now this is by many of these heads openly taking that shame, and turning it into a badge of honor. Some on the left have every incentive to pin this spike in hateful speech on Donald Trump, but they're thoroughly going after the wrong person.

Trump is the figure who's been blurting the quieter part of the Republican Party's numerous coded and bigoted tropes out loud, which had invariably marked a change in tone. But he's not the cause for all of this, especially not the direct one. That honor falls onto greater figures of yesteryear. These are people such as James Buckley and Robert Welch, both of whom had entirely opposed the ending of segregation and the onset of Civil Rights. Doing so starting right back in 1954 with the ruling of Brown v. Board. 

So for all this bigoted horseshit that Republicans have been saying on the campaign trail, it's a clear sign that the party so taking a chapter out of Trump's playbook. But at the same time, it's also a sign that all these new Dixiecans are picking up from where their Dixiecrat ancestors were stymied in the 1960s and 1970s. Trying to get rid of the Civil Rights laws which outlawed Jim Crow. All with its unremittingly mandated segregation and discrimination.

For Republicans, it's not so much about gaining power as a party, it's about a section of America seeking total revenge for what it determines as encroachment on its rights: the White South, specifically of its elites. Some members of this clique have a thoroughly long history of using such bellicose language whenever they don't get their way. To them, it's about preserving a power structure which can actually only run smoothly upon the suffering of non-Whites, especially Blacks. They and Hispanics/Latinos are overwhelmingly targetted for either their dark skin tones, or for speaking in the wrong language, or both. Bear in mind, this is only a small fraction of this group which we're talking about, not the overwhelming majority.

Friday, August 26, 2022

How Democratic Victory Will Be A False Positive In Terms Of 2024

 It's becoming more apparent as the Republicans' messaging falls apart due in part to Donald Trump having fully inserted himself into their primary process with the Big Lie, the Democrats are going to do very well in this Fall's midterm election. At least in respect to holding and even expanding their majorities in Congress. But don't be fooled, for 2024 is going to be a complete blood bath for the Democrats as the effects of the War in Ukraine and a very potentially worse outbreak of COVID-19 with a bungled response will lead to a Republican victory that year. What's worse is that the Dems don't have anybody to succeed Joe Biden if he ultimately chooses not to run that year. If he does choose to run, he's going to get clobbered real badly by whomever the Republicans field against him.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Russia Invading Ukraine Is A Dumb Move

For all the news banging around about Russia targetting Ukraine, no one should be all that surprised about an invasion. This happening was long in the making since 2014.

For Russia itself, this was a dumb move strategically as it's going encourage the growth of something it sought to cease: the further expansion of NATO. It'll kick into overdrive for 2 additional Scandanavian nations' push to join the alliance: Sweden and Finland. At the moment, these are neutral nations, but with actions going as they are, it'd be a non-surprise to see them clamoring to join.

Russia will come out of this in a worse position than when it in. America will use whatever leverage it has with Israel and China, which can cut the former out of the global trade and arms markets. Not only that, the war in Ukraine is exceedingly unpopular among the Russian people. The younger generations are getting information through social media sites like TikTok and Vkontakte rather than consuming the propoganda that's broadcasted on Russian state media.

Ordinary Russians are seeing the body bags that are coming back from Ukraine, and they're pissed off about it. They're beginning to protest against the war, which is scaring the living crap out of Vladimir Putin. As an autocrat, there's nothing more threatening than peaceful protests.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Donald Trump's Increasingly Violent Rhetoric Will Undermine Republicans In 2022

As the 2022 midterm election draws closer, the Republicans are looking less likely to retake Congress. The reason is simple, Donald Trump's increasingly violent rhetoric, which is leaving them dangerously exposed. One example is the recent pledge to pardon all participants in the attack on the Capitol on 01/06/2021. The message that sends is: Be as violent as possible for me and I'll ensure your lack of any accountability.

It's this rhetoric that is  worsening just about everyone's fury of our current system of both government and governance, albeit in the most misguided way possible. By continuing to sow doubt and chaos, Trump is still consistently sending (conscientiously/subconscientiously or not — a very interesting debate at that) overtures to some of the most violent White Supremacy and White Power extremists. He's signaling them that they should be ready to act upon his cue to snuff out any opposition by Americans at-large.

What this means for the Republicans is that their chances of victory on 11/08/2022 are slipping away from them due to the electorate being turned off by Trump's rhetoric. He's doing this by inserting himself as the sole focus of the party's campaign instead of President Joe Biden. Using this as a platform for lying about how 2020 was stolen from him, he's alienating the very swing voters who the party's desparately trying to court for the general election.

Trump is attempting to use the midterm campaign to exact revenge against those who voted to impeach him early last year, and continue to call for him to face any kind of accountability. That drive for exacting revenge in Republican primaries means that the party will field his handpicked extremists as their general election candidates, which will hurt the party itself in the end. This is a final result of the John Birch Society's newest reincarnation, the MAGA movement, taking over the Republican Party.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

I'm Writing A Book

I know this is a stark departure from the overall theme of the blog. First off, I should probably apologize about my having gone so AWOL. The truth is I've been job hunting since the beginning of the year, and it's been eating up a lot of my time. I'm going to make it a priority to post more regularly for you all to have decent content.

Secondly, there's some news in terms of book writing. Okay, I'll first start this by answering the question of what the heck happened to the self-help book. That's on indefinite hiatus as I got writer's block with it. I'm currently stuck on page 10 with that one. The actual book writing news is of a new one I started writing in August. That one is currently on page 115. I'm almost at the half-way point with that one.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Kyrsten Sinema Is Seeking Joe Biden's Job

Kyrsten Sinema's gumming up the works on Joe Biden's agenda, while frustrating and/or infuriating, is not all that surprising by any stretch. The reason for her obstruction is glaringly obvious: she's aiming for Biden's job. That's right, Sinema wants to be president.

The fact is that Sinema is the last real dying breath of the corporatist New Democrats. Think about how much time she's been spending with big-dollar donors instead of working to pass legislation. These big-dollar donors include big business, trade groups, etc., and they want Biden's agenda killed as it's too closely aligned with that of congressional progressives.

Sinema is much easier to control by comparison as she's been a "Team Player" by moving the Democratic Party further to the right. Under her leadership, the Democratic Party becomes the oppositionary far-right party to Donald Trump and his lackeys in the Republican Party. When that happens all bets are off.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Donald Trump Will Be Elected President In 2024

A lot of people need to avoid falling into a false sense of confedence that Joe Biden, or whomever runs in his place on the Democratic national ticket, will be (re)elected in 2024. NO HE/THEY WON'T! Donald Trump will be "elected" (more like implanted) in 2024 instead.

Trump is going to become president through a combination of cheating from vote suppression and legislative undermining of popular will. We can fight this to the nth degree, but it's not going to change the reality that Trump is going to win and by a bigger margin in the electoral college than he did in 2016; although with a smaller percentage of the popular vote. This is not so much minority rule as it is White Supremacist reign returning. Returning after a nearly 60-year hiatus.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Why It's Important For The Private Sector To Start Cracking Down To Get More People Vaccinated Against COVID-19

It's fairly easy to understand that no one wants any kind of government mandate for the public to get vaccinated here in America, as it would be decried as tyranny. That being said, there's nothing to say why the private sector can't be doing more to step up and bring this into play. In some cases it has, such as in San Francisco, where private businesses were pressing the city to require proof of vaccination in order to access their premises.

Other big companies, such as some airlines and big box stores are starting to mandate that their employees be vaccinated if they want to keep their jobs. This is good, as it will mean that the virus will have fewer bodies to spread to. The other main reason they're doing it is for the financial benefit it brings. The cost for treating unvaccinated employees is enormous. According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average cost for treating the unvaccinated is $20,000.00 per individual. Since the private sector has no interest in paying that much for treating its workforce, it's in its interest to crack down on its workers. The more it does this, the more money it'll save we the taxpayers.

Here's the thing, employers are allowed to do this under federal law. No, it actually does not violate HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) for them to do so, either; contrary to what some may think. Provided that their mandates don't discriminate on the basis of religious beliefs or underlying disabilities, it's 100% legal.

For customers, it's the same dynamic. It's also 100% legal for businesses to require their customers to show proof of vaccination in order to receive services. And as stated before, while the government can't directly make people get the vaccine or show proof of vaccination, the private sector can.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Joe Manchin Should Quit Wasting Time Negotiating With Republicans

I'll be fair to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) by highlighting his attempts at brokering some kind of bipartisan alternatives of the For The People Act & John Lewis Voting Rights Act with the Senate Republicans, but there comes a point where it becomes an exercise in futility. Mitch McConnell has signaled more than once that his conference won't negotiate at all. Their whole attention is set towards recapturing their lost trifacta in 2024, and the only way to do that is to set up the conditions for Donald Trump's comeback.

The Republicans are lining themselves up to shoot down Manchin's proposal despite its more modest approach than what was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. They're keenly aware of the effect the proposal will have on them in federal elections in 2022 and beyond.

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