Nothing illustrates ignorant thuggery like the reaction from illustrating ignorant thuggery.
"If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them"
"Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?" -Eleanor Roosevelt
"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the b****rds."
- Claire Wolfe
TOP-NOTCH! Clay again distills these current dark human foibles from the sour mash of greed and demagoguery-for-power into a finely crafted spirit of vision that can be enjoyed and savored by those of sufficient intelligence, discernment and un-corrupted perception.
Elitist? Not on your life. Save that label for those who craft these culture W-ars whole-cloth from Koch Tebaggery Billions to Svengali Rove's proto-fascists daily scripts to Murdock-Ailes Giant 24-7 Wurlitzer so conveniently available to Der Stürmermeister.
"Make a list of ten family members, ten friends, ten neighbors, ten folks you work with or have worked with in the past and call them and ask them, 'Are you gonna vote on issue, and are you gonna vote for it?' If they say no, well, you just make sure that they don't go vote. Let the air out of their tires on election day. Tell them the election has been moved to a different date. That’s up to you how you creatively get the job done." -Mike Huckabee, "jokingly urging" a crowd of people in Mason, Ohio to prevent political opponents from exercising their right to vote.
FA$CI$M, pure and simple. It CAN happen here, folks.
Voter suppression is a FA$CI$T remnant from the John Birch cold-war bad-ol'-days, and the sooner these ignorant and delusional Archie Bunker types die off, the sooner we can restore our democracy from the clutches of the gilded plutocratic hyenas that seek to make us a banana republic.
They are currently succeeding, with their wholesale plunder and complete destruction of ALL the checks and balances that keep us free. This also makes them VERY rich, and enables exponentially more abuse. This is no longer politics, but Sorcery...The Dark kind.
Anyone with a modicum of media theory sees right through this manipulative BS that uses hate, fear, prejudice and greed to delude the gullible into voting against their own best interests by appealing to the absolute worst in their nature. It works now just as well as it did in 1930's Germany, as human nature never changes, at least without education, and they are actively attempting to destroy that as well. Sick and misinformed people are much easier to govern, so health care is out.
If you accept your role as a complacent and placid consumer instead of an activist citizen, fighting for your birthright of self-governing democracy, then you are seriously inviting the Gulag that will surely come to the 99%:
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men."
Divisive partisan politics have plagued US at least since Newt Gingrich arrived on the national scene, urging his freshman GOP "contractors" to "Go Negative Early" with their caustic rhetoric.
He then turned his attention to the media owners at their 1997 gathering, imploring them to abandon the tenants of true journalism, which had served this country as "the fourth estate" for two centuries.
This complete dismissal of neutral news reporting, along with Reagan's deregulation of media ownership rules, enabled a partisan national propaganda network that had only one aim, and answered only to those who owned it: One-sided vitriol against anyone opposed to their radical plutocratic policies, 24-7, using fear, hate, prejudice, ignorance and greed, just as Hitler and Gobbels so effectively utilized in 1930's Germany. It works.
DC was once a town where opposing lawmakers could and would work out compromises over a game of tennis...Not any more, thanks to this feral and opportunistic sociopath, who has demonically altered the way our government works. Greed and lust for unopposed power and the wealth (and the sexual favors) it brings will kill our birthright of self-governing democracy, unless we restore these essential checks and balances, immediately. FOUR corporations controlled by arch-conservative plutocrats now control all that we see and hear, which is the information we need as citizens require to make the most hallowed of democratic decisions: who to elect as our leaders.
When the national voice is so polluted with partisan fools, knaves and demagogues in the service of these owners, we are no longer a democracy, but a third-world banana republic.
Welcome to the jungle, where protecting the richest 1% from the tax rate they paid under Reagan is more important than the health, well-being and employment of 99% of all Americans.
Keep electing these insatiably greedy and immoral gilded hyenas, and you will get MUCH MORE misery, guaranteed.
Keep right on electing Foghorn Leghorn demagogues, y'all. Oooeee!
Fear-mongering dumb-clucks have always been employed by gilded fascists to do their bidding, just like they are doing in Greece at this very moment:
When you wake up, and our democracy is history, do NOT complain about conditions in the gulag.
Let's not forget Ketchup, the Republican "vegetable".
(...Not to be confused with Ronald Reagan, who the American Communist Party membership committee turned down for being "feather-brained").
“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity - much less dissent.” -Gore Vidal
“We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability." -David Mamet
“The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them.” -Henry Louis Mencken
"Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion." -Dwight D. Eisenhower
“There are only two choices: A police state in which all dissent is suppressed or rigidly controlled; or a society where law is responsive to human needs. If society is to be responsive to human needs, a vast restructuring of our laws is essential.”
“The dissent we witness is a reaffirmation of faith in man; it is protest against living under rules and prejudices and attitudes that produce the extremes of wealth and poverty and that make us dedicated to the destruction of people through arms, bombs, and gases, and that prepare us to think alike and be submissive objects for the regime of the computer.”
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us." - William O. Douglas (All three)
“No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.” -Barbara Ehrenreich