Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Divide And Conquer

How divided are we? Polls show 80% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans “believe the political opposition poses a threat that, if not stopped, will destroy America as we know it.” I’m in the first group. The Republicans I know personally are in the 20% of their side, but they’re actual conservatives, not MAGA Republicans, so it doesn’t really count. They’re inquisitive and well-informed. 

The findings are unsurprising. But here’s the thing: Democrats’ view is reality-based, while Republicans’ is based on deliberate misinformation, plus a bucketful of Q. It’s easy to prove.

This past weekend, for example, Trump claimed to his adoring crowd that Biden’s is a communist regime. Neither he nor his idolaters, we conclude, have a clue what communism is. Well, maybe Trump knows; but he doesn’t care, as long as he can sucker the ovine; for them, it’s because they believe every Trumpofoxian lie they hear and aren’t inclined to check, much less know how. 

Were it true, of course, they’d be right. Truth, though: Further from the, it couldn’t be. Nonetheless, they’re prepared to end America in order to keep Democrats from ending America. Destroy the village to save it, like Vietnam. 

Trump also opined that certain journalists should be summarily incarcerated and, subtle as only he can be, subjected to prison rape till they reveal their sources. Oh, how they laughed and cheered. Are Democrats wrong to find this ominous? 

More: Republican influencers are no longer pretending to hide their antisemitism. After his crazy “death to Jews” remarks, Kanye “Ye of little sanity” West has been featured on Tucker Carlson’s show, as well as those of other right-wing screamers. Trump, too, made despicable threats to Jews around the same time. Need we discuss Margorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert in that regard? Likewise, attacks on Jews and synagogues are increasing alarmingly. If these things have been happening for centuries, it’s only now (“good people on both sides”) that they’ve been given “presidential” imprimatur and fawning airtime on right-wing “news” media. 

And how about this: in Arizona, body-armor-wearing, heavily-armed, night-vision device-using “poll watchers” have been intimidating voters dropping off their ballots. Calling them “mules,” a la the execrable Dinesh D’Souza’s debunked conspiracy-promoting movie. Who doubts those guys believe Democrats will destroy America? Like most Republicans, they’re believers in Trump’s election lies. And they’re but a small sample among many, ready and “trained” to do the same, country-wide.

It harkens to post-Civil War poll-watching behavior in the South when Blacks began voting; and it comes from the same disturbing disposition. Is it unrealistic to think that, if such people and the ones they elect are put in charge, it will end the American experiment? It should bump the 80% to 100. 

Which party’s candidates say they’ll only accept election results if they win? Which one is banning books? Demanding silence on gender issues? Turning women and their doctors into felons, neighbors into informers? Claiming teaching America’s full history is intended to make white children feel guilty? Perpetuating lies about “grooming” children to become gay? Only one side believes Tucker when he calls the other side “a child sacrifice cult,” and makes him the top cable “news” “personality.”

Based on such hyperbolic mendacity, of course Trumpists think Democrats would end America. Of course they’d vote for an unqualified liar like Herschel Walker or a carpetbagging medical quack like Mehmet Oz. And of course Democrats would find such easy and successful indoctrination disquieting.

And what is it about Republicans and their love of America’s obvious enemy, Vlad the Assailer Putin, even in the face of his horrifying war crimes? Kevin McCarthy says when Trumpublicans take over, money for Ukraine will be on the chopping block. Is that a signal to “Russia, if you’re listening” to help R candidates, as they did for Trump, rewarded by getting Ukraine? Where are American values in that? Where is its future?

Do they not threaten to cut Medicare and Social Security? Do they not want more top-heavy tax cuts, even after Trump’s supercharged the deficit, and after the UK’s stunning economic crash when its not-ready-for-Prime Minister did just that, to effusive, pre-crash praise from Republicans? Are they not ignoring the fact that the budget deficit dropped by $1.2 billion this year? Or that the rate of inflation in the US isn’t even in the top ten worldwide? Are they lying about Democrats raising taxes on middle-income workers? 

Oh, but “woke” liberals support tax and voting fairness, women’s rights, healthcare for all, protecting minorities, helping impoverished Americans and desperate asylum-seekers. They deny vaccines are microchipped. Even worse: they care about climate change.

If that’s “woke,” who’d want to remain asleep?


  1. gee wiz...Seems like the Dems. have adopted progressive values as their platform.

  2. @14:08 - @16:41

    Here's the problem with our nation...Sorry, but it is self evident. That's my argument. This is the problem and this is the damage it's caused. Direct correlation. Everything else is a conversation as to what is the fallout from that issue.

    But make no mistake...Power for powers sake is why we are here. It's plainly obvious as to the who, what, where, how and why.

  3. Here's Maddow's interview...I forgot to mention and I also forgot to mention that if you are not listening to Pod Save America you should. It's really good stuff. Jon Favreau is a hero of mine. He writes great copy.

    1. It's an excellent conversation. Thanks. (Happily, one can skip past the very long commercial breaks.)

    2. I feel ya there brother...I run thru stuff 1.25 + depending. TED talks are notoriously slow for example.

    3. "Kanye “Ye of little sanity” West" It still funny after a couple days. You are getting good at this! :O)

  4. The kids will save America.

  5. Anand Giridharadas...You gotta know people. His argument is undeniable.

  6. "It harkens to post-Civil War poll-watching behavior in the South when Blacks began voting; and it comes from the same disturbing disposition. Is it unrealistic to think that, if such people and the ones they elect are put in charge, it will end the American experiment? It should bump the 80% to 100."

    Yup, exactly...However...

    I have been saying for years that the kids will save America. The day Roe was overturned I told anyone who'd listen "That was really stupid. The alt right just pissed off 1/2 of the entire population. They kicked an entire hurt of sleeping dogs.

    I said that women are going to turn out in record numbers. And so far, they have not disappointed. Also, kids are going to vote en masse. The likes of which has never been witnessed.

    I have 5 kids and am up on all things kids. Back in 2007 I registered folks door to door with a Spanish brigade in tow. The kind that works for ice dream and in turn, helps translate if I need em. I showed them everything and told them to encourage their friends and families.

    What I've seen since is voter registration forms in the main office of the apt. complex(150+ units). They offer at the lease signing if they want to register. It's caucus style there. The kids schools are packed on E-Day and leading up to it now. I'll miss that :O(

    But trust me...Abortion and gun violence is what is motivating these kids most. 4 outta 5 are 41% going to definitely vote. Another 21% are likely. Only 1 in 5 said they were not voting this election. The kids are ready for this moment. They truly get why it's imperative. They have been thinking about this for a long time comin'. They have groups and clubs. They organise and raise money. They canvass and phone bank. They show up at protests. Kids are the most involved in politics than at any time in history.

    In the 11th hour, the kids will save the republic. That's what will happen on election day. The Dems. will prevail. Women and children will pull their weight this election. Especially the kids.

  7. This is the monster we need to vaporize. Hugh Hewitt is a coward.

  8. What will America under alt right control look like?
    Watch the 1st min.

  9. Oh gee, look, Wasn't long we had to wait...A couple hours and Nancy Pelosi and her husbands lives are in grave danger in their home. The one with all the ice cream.

    We need secret service for all of these folks now. The house and senate both.

    We need to harden all the capitol buildings. I think in the temporary. We can get Uvalde police to guard...

    Wait...Let's instead get other cops to stand watch. Feds need to shovel money to states and cop shoppe's for the needed overtime and $ for other immediate expenses such as hardening homes of families.

    I am so frustrated. It's as if all these smart people are blind. Stupid. Naive. Lax, and utterly unaware of the possibilities. How in the world (i ran outta four letter words) does someone get in Nancy's home? Second after the VP in line for the POTUS. Is that not valuable enough to spend 1 million a year on security? Armored cars, manpower, security hardware, weapons, body armor and gas masks etc.

    Why is it I can see this shit flying in our direction clear as day, yet our elected people and all their staffs can't figure it out?

  10. The problem with Jon Stewart
    If you ain't watchin'? Ya should.

  11. The alt right are liars? Duhhh...It's about time someone in 'mainstream' media accurately describe these traitors.

  12. Conservative pundit SE Cupp (Mama Cupp :O)

    It appears the "Conservatives" may send a message at the polls. It is entirely possible the MAGA has overplayed their hands. SE makes a good argument.

  13. Question...To anyone in the universe.

    Are your Conservative friends ready to send a message that the alt right has overstepped? Vote straight D ticket this one election and see if it jerks the car back into its lane before there's a head on collision? Take the foot off the gas of the Christian Nationalists rise and slow the roll of the alt right for good? Or is taxes and other stuff more important than the survival of our republic? Like I said in my first post above. Watch the first minute of that video. THAT IS EXACTLTLACKELY what it will look like. No malarky, I am saying 100%, it'll look like that first 60 seconds. Someone talk me down? Tell me it won't be exactly that way if the alt right gains power? Like 5%? The 5% challenge. Am I wrong even by 5%?

    What's y'alls opinion? We got a lot of really smart informed folks on Sid's site. Am I wrong?

    What will America under alt right control look like?
    Watch the 1st min.



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