Aftermath (Part 11): It took six years…

Aftermath (Part 11): It took six years…

That’s how long ago I wrote this article:

It’s all right there, if you want to see…

And here we are. Let me take you on a brief stroll through the last 16 days. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 11): It took six years…”

Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?

Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?

It’s remarkable, you know. I see patterns other people don’t and there are people who know me and think I’m too full of hyperbole to pay attention. Even when I’m right. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 10): Are we really so blind we can’t see?”

Aftermath (Part 9): Won’t be long now…

Aftermath (Part 9): Won’t be long now…

Through the genius of the Wayback machine that is the Internet, let me refresh your memory.

http://www.thecassietimes.com/2013/10/05/spineless-i-dont-think-so/

http://www.thecassietimes.com/2013/10/08/it-all-comes-down-to-this/

Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 9): Won’t be long now…”

Aftermath (Part 6): The Enemy of the Good…

Aftermath (Part 6): The Enemy of the Good…

It all starts and ends with this:

Politico: Johnstown Never Believed Trump Would Help. They Still Love Him Anyway.

This is what we face. Not just voter obstruction, but a total divorce from reality. The end of our federal government as we have known it, and maybe the end of the US as an entity.

People aren’t paying enough attention. They think the 2017 results in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere are a collective bellwether for change. I think they’re wrong. VA Dems already took some steps to reverse the damage done by the GOP to voting rights, and that’s why they won as many seats as they did. Cue paper balloting and allowing former felons who’ve served their time to recapture the right to vote, plus getting complacent liberals off their collective asses will make a difference.

Except…

I don’t have the same warm fuzzies for the seats up in 2018 because those folks are up against the elimination of the Voting Rights Act, and 10 seats in states that went for Obama in 2012 went for Trump last year.

The writing’s on the wall.

It’ll be over before that if 2018 comes out the way I expect it to.

Here’s just one reason why:

Forbes: No Matter What Trump Says, Coal Mining Jobs Are Not Returning To West Virginia

A friend recently commented on FB:

I’m a bit surprised to hear you speak of this as an existential crisis. Despite all of the #McResistance going on, there are few Democrats willing to do so.

I responded:

Why are you surprised?

I’ve been talking about this for years. Since before 2012, at least. Really, since before 2008.

My story hasn’t changed. We’re just starting to see the proof that I’ve been right all along.

And that’s fucking terrifying.

He replied:

Because it isn’t something I’m seeing expressed a great deal, from anyone. In fact, I’m seeing it more from Trump supporters than I am from Democrats, although in less general terms. The reason there, of course, is that modern conservatives catastrophize in order to push their radical agendas – a fascist hallmark – but that’s not the same as what’s being discussed here.

I might not agree on all the specifics, but I think you have got something there.

The reason I commented in the first place was that I also read that article and was considering its implications. I know you raised voting rights as an issue, but do you think that would be sufficient given the people of, say, Johnstown? And if not, then what are the consequences of that? I guess what I’m leading to is, are we a united enough entity to be governed effectively?

“Are we united enough…” Nope. We’re not.

We won’t ever be, either, as long as we still see this as a party fight. This isn’t partisan.

This same friend, a staunch Green, is surprised that I see these things this way. I don’t know why he’s surprised. It’s not like my concerns are new. Far, far from it. I’ve been writing about this stuff since W was still in office, and it feels too much like the rest of the world is only just catching up with me.

He says:

So to get this back on the tracks, you see civil war on the horizon, in common with a lot of the Trump supporters. That’s interesting. I could see secession in the future as a possibility, but I’m wondering if there is a chance it would not be violent.

My response? Nope. How many guns are there in the US again?

Did you notice the one about the gun nuts who showed up at a rally called by “Texas Antifa” who weren’t actually there?

Wanna know what that was? Someone testing out the dog whistle. And you know what? Those dogs are gonna heel when they’re told. When it comes, finally, it’s going to be a bloodbath.

Where it starts? Breadbasket. Somewhere in the midwest. Not sure where, not sure when.

And right smack in the middle of this Facebook exchange, Esquire caught up with me.

Esquire: Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster
Wisconsin became the 28th state to back a constitutional convention.

We are NOT united against the GOP. And as long as folks still think they have the luxury to differentiate between one flavor of Liberal and another, and to hold Dems to impossible standards because they simply don’t have enough voting power to do what they would *like* to do to improve this world, we’re not going to get past this.

That’s the sick, sorry part.

Jill Stein sat down at the same table with Putin, for crissakes.

For the record, this isn’t the only Green I’m worried about. My *best friend* and her family all voted for Jill Stein last year. She thinks it’s dandy to support the removal of gerrymandering in Maryland.

Wanna see what it looks like when a reliably blue state suddenly goes red? Wait till the gerrymandering goes away in Maryland and we become the 29th state to call for a Constitutional Convention “because that’s the easiest way to get rid of Citizens United.”

No, really.

Like I said, it’s worth reading the stuff I’ve been writing, at least since 2012, if only to see that I’m not dealing with hindsight. I’ve seen this coming since the Y2K election.

Yeah, I really am that worried about the future. As I see it, we’ve got just shy of a year left till Armageddon.

And honestly? I was surprised when he friended me again.

This is your reminder that signs point to a 10-seat loss if we can’t unhack the vote before next year.

It took the depression and a second World War to give us the prosperous years afterward. A case exists for justifying our participation in the Vietnam War as a bid to try and recapture the “glory days” that followed the end of World War II, but really? That’s when things started to slide. Worse, an anti-Communism wave in the US proved to be the lead-up to our wrong-headed leap into South Asian political struggle.

Did anyone else notice the White House’s official Statements and Releases page?

National Day for the Victims of Communism

Where’s the similar acknowledgment of the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht? Missing.

And that’s where we are heading. That’s how this whole thing is going to collapse in the next two years.

This shit is scary enough as an adult, but I am a parent and I am TERRIFIED for my kids. I think we will get what we deserve. I’m just sorry my kids will suffer the consequences because of it.

And that’s wakes me up at night.

The rich think we can erase every progressive program Roosevelt and Johnson put in place and the country will survive. I see the future through the filters of dystopian fiction. Somewhere between Elysium and Interstellar, but without the comfy escape to space.

You want to know where I think this goes, if the GOP wins enough seats to rewrite the Constitution?

  • Finish emptying the Swamp. (Eliminate federal government employees and remove all retirement and educational benefits civil service workers have earned.) Shutter the Federal Government.
  • Erase the majority of the Bill of Rights and every amendment that followed. Keep the 2nd Amendment, so that III% can go after anyone they don’t want in the country.
  • Eliminate gun laws that promote sensible gun control, and remove restrictions between States.
  • Round up all the Muslims and ship them to wherever their families originated, regardless of their citizenship status, as “enemies of the state.”
  • “Repatriate” Jews to Israel, to ensure Armageddon.
  • Shoot or enslave every remaining person of color. House them in prison.

And then just kick back and enjoy life until there isn’t any oxygen left.

The federal government is already Swiss cheese.

We have no idea how to survive an actual depression. We are spoiled.

We are destroying our paper archives for a digital future that depends on the grid. Have a good look at Puerto Rico for my vision of the future.

I want to see a way out.

There’s only one: Unhack the vote. Restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

We have to get it in one sock, to unite as a block against Republicans and the John Birch Society or we are fucked.

And because Trump is pissing off all of our allies, when civil war comes here, there won’t be any foreign aid, because Russia will move to take over Europe. We’ll be too busy fighting our own war to help them, and they don’t have a reason to help us, either.

You want a bellwether? Look at Wisconsin. THAT’s what’s coming.

Michigan. Florida. Puerto Rico.

They are what we have in store if we can’t shut Fox down.

And oh, how I wish I was making this up.

We are already at war. It might not look like it, because we don’t see any bombs going off, and our lawns are all manicured (when we can afford to cut the grass), but we are.

If you want the full picture, you can check out Endarkenment, the rest of the Aftermath series, or Dots on my blog. I’ve been writing about this stuff for years.

People have accused me of being hyperbolic. I’ve gotten a few apologies since then, but there are more than a few missing.

Meanwhile, I’ve got 11 months’ worth of entries left to pull off LJ and print out before Net Neutrality goes away and we can no longer talk like this.

Enjoy your day.

Peace. Out.

Aftermath (Part 5): Patriarchal Theocracy

Aftermath (Part 5): Patriarchal Theocracy

patriarchal

  [pey-tree-ahr-kuh l]
adjective[1]. of or relating to a patriarch, the male head of a family, tribe, community, church, order, etc.: my father’s conservative, patriarchal ways.2. characteristic of an entity, family, church, etc., controlled by men: the highly patriarchal Mormon church.

theocracy

 [thee-ok-ruh-see]

noun, plural theocracies.

1. a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.
2. a system of government by priests claiming a divine commission.
3. a commonwealth or state under such a form or system of government.
(http://www.dictionary.com/)

If I had ten dollars for every argument I had in the last several years over the ramifications of choosing to vote third party, I’d be able to buy a private island and escape this bullshit, but no, nobody paid me to argue my side and so here we are. I’m still Cassandra, and our social safety nets aren’t just unraveling, they’re on fire. How long before we return to the world of robber barons, Standard Oil, and the Gilded Age? As early as the end of 2018, by my reckoning.

The text below began circulating Facebook at the start of this week. I’ve been trying to coalesce my thoughts since I copied and pasted to here, but I had to start with links to the text in each of the bills below.

This isn’t a drill. The Congressional House of Representatives controls the US budget process and they are working on the next budget for Trump to sign into law, after it passes the Senate, but that’s not stopping them from deleting whole line items, piecemeal.

Since President Obama left office in January, we have been operating on the last Obama-era budget, such as it was. With the end of FY 2016-2017 on September 30, that changed. We are now in Trump territory. If there was ever a question about his agenda, today’s reprehensible Executive Order should answer it for you.

Soon after Trump signed the executive order, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman threatened to sue the administration if it oversteps its executive power.

“President Trump now appears to be trying to accomplish by executive fiat what he could not through Congress,” Schneiderman said in a statement. “If the Trump administration takes any action that violates the law — or tramples on New Yorkers’ constitutional rights — we will take them to court.”

And while Trump was entertaining his audience (so much so, he forgot to sign the actual order and Pence had to remind him AGAIN not to leave first), the House is presently debating all of the bills below.

Every one of these hideously grotesque bills belongs to the Republicans in charge. Affix blame where it lies: At the malicious feet of the radical right who’ve taken over our country during the last 40 years.

Distracted by bump stocks, taking the knee, Corker tweet storm, “real” first lady, IQ challenge?
The following bills have been introduced (as of last week):
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class … it ALSO applies to Union members)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Contact your House Representative.
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Combine the concerted attacks on the Affordable Care Act with the recent language change on human conception and meaning from Health and Human Services, and Trump’s change to the mandate for covering birth control and you have the toxic makings of a Patriarchal Theocracy.

So much for our Republic. One nation, indivisible, but only for rich white men.

That’s been the plan all along, ever since Carter had the audacity to take the election from Gerald Ford and Bob Dole. Make sure if the Democrats are in power, they never get another chance to do what FDR did, and erode those policies as fast as possible, by any means necessary.

These acts of Trump and the GOP are not just to destroy President Obama’s legacy. They intend to restore to the plan before Bush left office. If only McCain had won, like he was supposed to, this is what would have happened eight years ago. It’s what would have happened if Romney had won in 2012. And it’s why the hypocrites in the GOP hitched their wagon to a narcissistic imbecile like Trump, who doesn’t give an actual shit about anything except protecting his own assets.

I want to be positive, so here’s a prediction: I’m positive that if we don’t get our collective shit together before 11/6/2018, there won’t be another election in this country. Not one we can vote in, anyway.

Either we’ll be dead or the GOP will have rigged the process so that we can’t actually cast ballots for anyone, including dogcatcher.

It takes a lot to grind a functioning social region to a halt. The DC metro area does one thing and it does it very well: We support all those people who make the US Government function. Shutter three agencies, remove the regulations for private industry, shift the center of government elsewhere, and take action against all those who oppose the plan? That’s fascism.

Like I said.

Edited to add:

Just as I was getting ready to put this to bed, FB popped this article up on my feed.

The Hill: Trump to become first sitting president to address Values Voter Summit

The SPLC has identified the Family Research Council as a hate group. More from the SPLC can be found here:

SPLC: VALUES VOTER SUMMIT: WHOSE VALUES?

Tell me I’m wrong.

I dare you.

Aftermath (Part 4): The end of the beginning…

Aftermath (Part 4): The end of the beginning…

I’ve been chewing on a blog post for about two weeks that takes on where we are now. It’s churning the way a slice of cheap freezer-style pizza with fake pepperoni churns at 3am and you can’t find the antacid because it’s still too dark to see. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 4): The end of the beginning…”

Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…

Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…

So, just last week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump himself admitted it was because of Comey’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 US Presidential election. Continue reading “Aftermath (Part 3): People will NOT SEE this coming…”

Aftermath (Part 2): Bread and Circuses…

Aftermath (Part 2): Bread and Circuses…

It’s been a while. Sorry about that. With all the distractions and changes between November 9 and January 29, it’s nearly impossible to take in everything that’s happening. There’s another name for these things: Bread and Circuses.

We are so used to paying attention to entertainment, to the spectacle, we’ve lost the ability to concentrate on what’s important. And the far Right know it. In fact, they’ve been working extra hard to ensure we’re too distracted to see what’s really happening here.

I stored a lot of these links when they hit my feed, way back in November. So much feel-good or buck-up media attempts out there, to shore up the losing side of the election, to try and make us feel better. From Dave Chappelle’s appearance on ‘SNL’ and Kate McKinnon’s appearances as Hillary Clinton to that piece about the Kids who sued the US Government Over Climate Change, we thought we had plenty of reason to think things would still be okay, and that this was just the usual more conservative swing.

There’s so much at stake, with freedom of the press (a right so important it came in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution), to assemble peacefully, to separate church and state. And now these rights enshrined in our Constitution are at risk, along with so many other rights we have as citizens of this country. In classic Orwellian double-speak, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) is just one of the concentrated attacks put forth in the 115th Congress against our citizens.

How did we get here? Well, if you think it’s all about the Republicans and President Obama, or Trump and his rise to power, truly, you’re missing the big picture in a really big way. There’s a lot more to the story, and it starts with George H. W. Bush, in the Reagan administration.

There are pieces to the puzzle we’re missing, and I know it, but I have to wonder, given the sheer number of racist YouTube clips and other samples from around the Internet, whether Congressman Keith Ellison’s remark in July, 2007 regarding similarity between Germany’s Reichstag fire and America’s 9/11 attacks was correct after all.

I could review all the ways in which the Saudi attack on the US worked to damage our civil liberties over the last 16 years, but reality shows that we’ve simply incorporated all those reductions in rights presented as necessary in passing the USA Patriot Act and other legislation designed to “keep us safe” from terror.

We are witnessing the forced erosion of rights, from the gutting of the Voter Rights Act and CrossCheck purging voter rolls, to cameras tracking our every move on the streets and in our homes, and now the new “Muslim Ban” enacted last Friday, coupled with all the threats designed to keep us “safe” from harm, we are already living our lives in Oceania.

And now, thanks to the massive distraction of Trump’s Muslim ban, this has happened:

Trump orders ISIS plan, gives Bannon role in revamped National Security Council

Enjoying those reality shows? I can’t watch anymore.

Real life is reality show enough for me.

The Times of Israel: Alarmism saved my family from Hitler: Why I won’t tell anyone to calm down about Trump

There’s only one message here: If you’re not terrified, either you’re not paying attention or you are part of the problem.

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