That’s how long ago I wrote this article:
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…”
That’s how long ago I wrote this article:
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…”
It all starts and ends with this:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edited to add:
Just as I was getting ready to put this to bed, FB popped this article up on my feed.
The SPLC has identified the Family Research Council as a hate group. More from the SPLC can be found here:
Tell me I’m wrong.
I dare you.
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…”
When I started writing online, way back in 2004, my blogging was a combination of minutiae designed to keep a then-deployed husband in the loop on day-to-day life at home. We were not quite to the end of W’s first term, but it was already clear to me what his election meant to the country, in terms of an erosion of civil liberty, of a dramatic (but by no means complete) shift to the right, and long term lasting damage to our reputation as a world leader by his creation of the USA Patriot Act.
In an ever-increasing feeling of depression and anger over last November, I’ve lashed out repeatedly at people who still seem to think that we are operating “business-as-usual” even in the face of abject corruption and cronyism not seen in decades in this country, going all the way back to the Gilded age of the robber barons.
The Republicans won and they’ve wasted no time showing us liberals what they think of us. They don’t give an actual damn who they harm at this point. They’ve done such a good job snowing their base, those folks will happily walk straight into their graves still believing that the people they elected to office care about anything but their own personal economy and to hell with their constituents. Yes, yes, those town halls are sure something, aren’t they? Meaningless political theatre. It makes the proles feel good, so why not? At least until things get violent, anyway.
Meanwhile, Bernie supporters who voted Anyone But Clinton are still making feeble attempts at explaining their relevance to the future, because they think their candidate still means something. He doesn’t, of course, except as the perfect foil for the Democrats whose last, best hope was to take the White House, and who failed to push enough of the agenda to ensure that would happen. He won’t last past 2018, if I’m guessing right.
In the heat of frustration earlier in the day, on Facebook (that bastion of modern nonsense and bluster that passes, for now, as something resembling a communication tool, if only for one’s personal echo chamber), I started to outline a timeline of damage.
I’ve explored that timeline throughout my Dots posts, but not in anything like a complete way.
Now that I’m thinking about it, I am considering creating a video timeline, which (at least until the government figures out how to shut down YouTube) might be the best way to explain what happened and how we got here.
In the interest of generating the outline, for future reference, here’s my take on the whole shebang, from Nixon’s disgraceful departure through to present day.
I can’t provide proof because a lot of what I think happened because, frankly, either the evidence is gone or it’s still out of view, thanks to the Presidential Records Act of 1978 (PRA).
So while I’m saying this is what I think, I have no proof that this is what actually happened. I can infer, guess, or in some cases prove that these things are what happened, but I do not have either the time or the funding to go and research these statements. So let’s say this is all fiction. It “could” have happened the way I’ve laid it out. Or not. You be the judge.
I’m stealing data from Wikipedia’s existing timeline to save myself the typing time, but you’re welcome to go visit the original and see for yourself what I’ve edited out. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_United_States_history)
Okay, so that establishes many of the changes over the course of a decade, without laying out the horrible details of the Vietnam war, which ran throughout the entire decade.
From here on, things get truly ugly, as the country struggles with changes in policy and freedom for young adults, women, and people of color. And that ugliness continues for the next 40 years, even as we fool ourselves into believing Johnson’s glorious vision of the Great Society, built on FDR’s vision of the post-Depression world. In hindsight, even as it appears that we’ve won freedom to choose and we’ve come to believe in the American Dream, that dream has become a nightmare. Fake news. The worst propaganda story possible, because it worked as a carrot for the common man, the “temporarily embarrassed millionaire” who voted Trump believing naively that Trump and his cronies cared about anything other than rising to power.
Buckle your seat belts. Keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. The management bears no responsibility for lost limbs or life. Ready?
In 1970, Nixon’s Southern Strategy started the shift, turning Southern Democrats away from the party and converting them to Republicans. (Remember this fact, when your Libertarian friends want to try and rewrite history. The racists left to join the Republicans under Nixon.)
When Jimmy Carter went on to win the presidency in 1976, beating Gerald Ford (who took over for Nixon, the only President to date who ever resigned from office), the shift from Southern Democrat to Republican was complete. And at about this time, I got involved in politics, working in support of Carter’s run for president at the local level. Ambitious work for a 12 year-old kid, but then I was rooting for McGovern in 1972, and by then the racists had already fled the Democratic party, leading to Nixon’s landslide victory.
In that same election, Carter’s administration saw filibuster-proof Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. (See: House vs Senate control by party.) Note that this didn’t save Carter’s presidency for a second term, because on November 4, 1979 (a little over a year prior to elections in 1980), Iranian students took over the US embassy and held over 50 embassy employees hostage. President Carter’s response was considered too weak, and some suggested that this is how Ronald Reagan rose to power.
I explained some of this here and some more of this here, but the big part is really here. (Don’t just look at the pretty bright letters. Click through and READ these three posts, and every link embedded in them.
Done? Great. Moving on.
I invite you to read everything I’ve written since November 8th. It’s not all that much, really, but it’s not above me to say “I told you so.”
Tonight, Trump launched a direct attack on Syria, doing precisely what he (and a lot of theoretically liberal apologists accused Hillary Clinton of planning to do throughout her presidential campaign).
“But her emails…”
Save it. You did this. Own it.
Decades from now, will we remember all the warnings? Will we even be able to find the evidence that was there?
In the last few days, since the start of the 115th Congress, there have been reports all over the internet of rules changed to favor the GOP, to give them the power to strip away protections that keep our citizens healthy and safe.
None of these steps are new. Not one.
From the “victory tour” Trump recently finished, to his incessant Tweeting, he’s providing all the propaganda and smokescreen Republicans in the House and Senate require to hide what they’re doing. In the meantime, state legislatures are continuing to flex their ALEC-fueled conservative wings. Just yesterday, two new North Carolina-style bathroom bills surfaced, in Texas and Virginia. Restricted rights are just the beginning. We’re seeing a fascist takeover of the country, and we may well be too late to stop it.
Anyone who failed to recognize or who now denies the truth of what Trump says he will do, who believes he wasn’t serious about the things he said before the election, deserves everything that’s coming. The hate, the denial, are symptoms of a much larger problem: Blame.
Regardless of who’s responsible for the ills of the country’s midsection and rust belt, the implications are very, very real. But it’s far, far more than just the ACA that’s going to fall in the next month.
It is denial of the parallels between the US and Germany that cost us the White House. Republicans denied the history. Liberals did, too. It’s all very well and good to deny history, to assume that it can’t happen here, but that’s a foolish path to take, because it has left us unprepared.
Two days ago, Ann Coulter Tweeted “14” to her fans. Today is the 14th day to the Inauguration. Make no mistake here: Her Tweet was a reference. Ignore that message, or the appointment of Steve Bannon to Trump’s administration, at your peril.
There’s only one way to deal with this. Resolve to resist what’s coming. Carry the truth. Print it on paper, because Net Neutrality is not guaranteed.
Have you stored a lot of your things in the “Cloud” to back up your business? Start figuring out now what you’ll do when your internet access goes away.
You have 14 days left to get the most important things out of the cloud.
Are you ready?
Sorry, but you don’t get to market HATE objects to me or my kids. I’ll be sorry to see Woot and IMDB go, and Prime was useful for a while there, but it’s time to part company.
(Click the following “exhibits” to see PDFs of the objects in question, and their “suggested” additional items. I’m not going to provide them with free advertising.)
Yes, but nowhere near as disgusted as I am with the customer service trap Amazon sets for customers who really, truly want to leave.
The last time I had this much trouble canceling an account was way, way back in the dark ages when I had an AOL account for all of 10 minutes. It took almost an hour to cancel the account after I realized it wasn’t going to serve my purposes, like, ever.
See, there’s this rabbit hole called “Help” that’s supposed to answer all your questions. Just for grins, go to this link and type in the word “close” and then type in “cancel” and see what you get.
Notice how many different ways people have asked the question?
There’s a reason.
Now, click through this link and then click the link that actually says About Closing Your Account.
Lots of scare tactics, right? But do you see, anywhere, a place where you can actually close your account?
Good. You’re not blind. It doesn’t exist.
And when you do go down that rabbit hole, here’s where it eventually leads here:
[*Emphasis mine. –CT]
Nowhere. Not on any of the previous screens, not in the email I received after.
They simply do not provide an exit.
It took me a phone call to the supervisor of the first level and a solid 45 minutes to get across to these people that there was no additional activity and that closing the account immediately was the only thing that would satisfy my desire to disengage.
And this is what I disengaged from, when I finally got what I wanted.
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Welcome to the company store. Amazon covers just about everything you could possibly need, filtered through their myopic lenses. And what they don’t have, Wal*Mart does. I wonder whether we will get to the point when we are only paid in Amazon credits or Wal*Mart credits, while real money becomes a thing of the past for the average worker.
I’ve had direct connections to the things above that are italicized. It’s annoying, but I’ll get over it.
Your mileage may vary. I’m done and I don’t regret the choice.