What they just don’t seem to get, is that the White population may be 70%, but all 70% are not, never have been, never will be Right Wing.
In fact the giant hole in the current Right Wing argument that ‘we don’t need Latinos, we need more White people’, is that very fact. Even if they turned out more Whites, they wouldn’t all vote hard right. It’s kind of obvious, to those of us planted in reality, that most people are appalled by the turn the GOP has taken.
“If immigration is killed for the reasons stated, then the Republican Party has consciously made the decision to become a quasi-nationalist party. ”
This argument is just part of an incredible mental journey that the Right is going through now. Life inside their bubble will be a hell for the next decade.
Teens and Facebook are what they are. Threats should be investigated, sure. Maybe parents should be fined, if the threat is serious enough. But to ruin a kid’s life for mouthing off is not acceptable.
The South is becoming unbearable.
- Voter suppression
- All out assault on women and their right to make their own decisions
- Refusal to implement Obamacare ,thus keeping millions upon millions in a substandard state.
- New amendments popping up in the wake of DOMA banning gay marriage
- A complete disregard for environmental health and safety. Fracking is everywhere down South and god help you if you live next to an almost certainly under-regulated refinery. Your town may not be there next week.
- And last but not least, a criminal justice system that LOVES ruining little people. Just because.
People should be held accountable for what they say in the court of public opinion. But it’s a pity adults can get away with saying whatever they like while a teen gets to sit in jail with a ridiculous bail set for him. Meanwhile in the parallel world that has become America, Rush Limbaugh types will never see the inside of a jail cell. Because it’s a lot easier to jail a teen playing video games or caught with his own stash than to tackle the real problems facing this country.
Well, that’s one way of solving the problem - not.
"Chinese authorities have given courts the powers to hand down the death penalty in serious pollution cases, state media said, as the government tries to assuage growing public anger at environmental desecration. …"
This is a tricky one. In the aftermath of 9-11 people willingly gave up some civil liberties at the behest of the Bush administration. For all the caterwauling now, the mainstream media and most people forget - what’s being done now is legal.
The Patriot Act. It took ten years for folks to understand what they signed off on and also signed away (their privacy). Now come the complaints. And there is talk of redressing the excesses of the Patriot Act. Secret courts finding secret verdicts and this is legal?
Like the situation in Syria this is a problem with no pretty solutions. In a high tech digital information world, information access and privacy has become the new battlefield. Some sort of high level cursory search is necessary. Balancing respect for privacy with accessing info on the real enemies will be a hard dance to master. And there will never be total safeguards against these tools being used by the ideologically driven or the corrupt. There can only be rational safeguards and protocols and clearly delineated punishments that are spelled out.
It is definitely time to redress the excesses of the Patriot Act and strengthen any and all safeguards and protocols. Then pray that we never see another Nixon or Cheney in a position of power.
“In an attempt to fuel its youthful but increasingly exhausted fighting force during World War II, the Nazis reportedly turned to addictive and potentially dangerous substances, including a form of what is known today as the illegal drug methamphetamine, currently a rising problem in Europe.” - Huffington Post
Why is this no surprise?
Those guys were far more messed up than people realize. Hitler’s ‘strange’ sex habits with his live-in niece; the belief that they were descended from a super-advanced civilization that disappeared thru race-mixing; the belief that they were aligned with massive occult forces that would insure their victory.
They were mid-20th century offshoots of an ancient right-wing authoritarian (RWA) tree. Sparta, the first branch from that tree, was the worlds first truly pathological nation-state. N. Korea is just the latest. The antebellum South suffered the same pathology as Nazi Germany - as does the GOP/Tea Party of today. The same underlying pathology (RWA) has similar symptoms in any day and age. Bad leaders, bad family dynamics, anger issues, paranoia and deep insecurity, possibly bad sexual tendencies, and now, add to that, bad drugs.
And in the end…a bad result.
“The biggest single conceptual failure of my argument for war is that I gave absurdly little thought to the post-invasion phase. I was aware that the Bush administration was deploying far too few troops to the front for a workable occupation while blatantly lying about the war’s likely costs. I assumed that its real plan was to decapitate the Iraqi leadership, install a more pliant and less brutal military figure in Saddam’s place, and call it democracy.”
Throwing Bush under the bus won’t make up for your nice ride on that bus.
On November 6, a solid majority of California voters supported Proposition 30. The ballot initiative, which temporarily raises the sales tax and increases income taxes for the wealthy, will generate an estimated $6 billion per year to help stabilize the state’s dismal finances. The vote was a landmark event in California, the state that launched a national anti-tax revolt by passing Proposition 13 in 1978. And for Governor Jerry Brown—who was serving as a much younger governor back then—the triumph was particularly sweet.
We should not underestimate how thoroughly significant prop 13 was back in 1978. It ushered in a 30 year era of government downsizing (all based on white property owners who didn’t want to pay for services for ‘those people’). It gave Grover Norquist his template for congress. It has strangled govt for over a generation…until now.
As prop 13 should not be underestimated so too one shouldn’t underestimate the incredible psychological impact of prop 30 in California. It is a watershed moment that augers a new period of respect for govt when done right. This is the BIGGEST indicator of a dawning progressive era - the willingness to recognize the necessity of govt and its proper funding. No more shrinking govt to a size so small you could ‘drown it in a bathtub’.