Feeling Disillusioned: USA Edition

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“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” – President Trump

So yesterday, Trumps comments regarding Jewish Democrats went viral throughout every social media platform I take part in. I couldn’t help to think about how Hitler and his party’s propaganda machine started out by dehumanizing Jews and accusing them of not being loyal to the state.

However, Trump and his administration actively dehumanize people every day, and whenever they’re not writing executive orders to take away the rights of every day people, Trump is parroting comments straight out of Goebbels handbook. It’s starting to become so consistent, so repetitive, that his comments and actions are doing exactly what they’re supposed to. Normalizing his behavior.

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Then he tweets out this nonsense someone said about him. Our president thought it was appropriate that he tweet out that he was “like the second coming of God” and that he’s like the “King of Israel”. Naturally “King of the Jews” and “King of Israel” started trending. I read this via a couple of Rabbis who tweeted out their horror regarding the above tweet. All of a sudden my coffee didn’t taste as good as it had.

After 3 mass shootings in the last month and change, weekly arrests of white supremacists planning more mass shootings, and watching my fellow citizens turn on immigrants, Jews, Black people and anyone who doesn’t agree with them just… has me disillusioned. Watching people demean and dehumanize anti-fascist counter protesters to white supremacist groups, calling them terrorists and then literally getting mad when they defend themselves and their communities against violence.. it just makes me sick.

When I was a little girl, in my little bubble of my lower middle class community, I was taught about a different America. I was taught that America was free. I was taught that America fought against fascism, racism, and hatred. I was taught by everyone from my teachers to my church, that America was good! That people traveled from around the world to live here, free from persecution and violence, to receive an education and live in peace to practice their religion of choice and live the life they wanted to lead. I was taught that America was a melting pot, where all races were welcome, and that we could only strive to be better despite our past abuses. I believed it.

It was a lie.

Every day it’s something new. Some new bill is introduced to take away my healthcare. Democrats are laughed at for wanting to help people with student debt. Nazis are marching on our towns, meanwhile the Right keeps parroting that there aren’t really Nazis in America, and that we have to respect their opinions despite those opinions being that a large amount of use shouldn’t exist much less live on American soil. Our president publicly mocks his opponents, which results in death threats. He will proclaim the media to be the “Enemy of the State” almost weekly. We’re detaining undocumented immigrants, while the Trump administration tries to make it indefinitely, and then refusing them vaccinations; essentially insuring more deaths this flu season.

Through all of this, the vast majority of Americans don’t care. Or worse, they support all of these atrocious actions, if not take part in it themselves. America hasn’t learned from the past, nor has it learned from the History books. We’re enabling all of this, and frankly, I’m ashamed.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll give up by any means. That doesn’t mean that any of us who consider this country our home, those of us who have good in our hearts should give up. I just needed to get this off of my chest, and I know a lot of you are feeling the same. We have to do better, before it’s too late.

 

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Shitting on Baltimore & the Irony in it

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So, in typical fashion of this current administration, immediately after telling US congresswomen to leave if they’re going to criticize the USA, our president is SHITTING on the USA. For two days now.

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It’s like he was so close to becoming self-aware, and then just squatted, shat, and then ate his own shit. He literally just told US Congresswomen to leave this country because they dared to work on education, poverty, and our general rights, then he gets on Twitter and shits all over Cummings and Baltimore. Shouldn’t he just leave?

The most ironic thing about all of this, isn’t that he’s telling a Congressman that his district isn’t clean, or that he has no idea about what a congressman, governor, or mayor do, it’s that his tweets and the poverty he’s bitching about is essentially a rail against capitalism. That’s the tasty bit. It’s not that Cummings doesn’t do enough for his district, or that he should spend more time there (spoiler: he does spend a fuck ton of time there), it’s that this is what capitalism creates. 

More so, has he SEEN the homeless population in say, New York? DC? Every major city? Has he visited any of the rural towns where people live in squalor? Has he looked into the apartment complexes that his son in law, Jared Kushner, owns? You know, the ones that are complaining about it being unsafe, unsanitary, and being run by a slum lord? Has he never once, in his ultra-rich-gold-toilet-having life opened his eyes and LOOKED at the world from an unbiased stand point and tried to do something to HELP Americans?

He’s so hyper-focused on the border, on keeping people out, that the only things he has time for after that is cutting healthcare for those same districts he’s bitching about. Or gutting medicare for the generation that he hopes votes for him. Or making sure that the entire lower class is demonized just for existing.

Oh. I can’t forget Twitter. He will reschedule a day for his “executive time” so he can watch Fox News and tweet in their echo chamber.

It’s shit like this that just gives me a headache. I can’t stand utter hypocrisy, and I can’t stand willingly uneducated people. I’m so tired of rich assholes telling the working-class and people stuck in poverty how much we suck, or how shitty our towns are. I’m beyond tired of the rich ruining us, and then pointing the finger elsewhere.

At risk of ending up on some “domestic terror list” for other reasons than being anti-fascist, I hope that Trump strokes out squeezing out a turd on his golden toilets.

 

Eat the Rich.

 

 

Early 2019: The Political Climate & Creeping Towards Fascism

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Disclaimer: I am not fully discussing the Mueller Report, but I have read it. If you would like a PDF copy of it, you can find it on the DOJ website, or you can comment and I’ll send it to you. 

I’ve been screeching about Fascism & the United States Government for months now. I’m not the only one, although a lot more people are now also alarmed recently. In my opinion, our government, under the Trump Administration, is straddling the fence between our distinctive form of Democracy and Fascism.

Of course there is the uptick in hate-rhetoric and general nazis, but that’s not entirely what I’m screaming about today.

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I’m referring directly to President Donald Trump and his administration.

As I’m sure you all know, the Mueller Report was released yesterday. I quickly obtained the searchable PDF version from friends (the one on the DOJ website is NOT a searchable version) and sat down with coffee, a notebook and a pen and started reading. 8 hours later I got through 4/5 of it. Yes, it’s that huge.

Inside of it, is tons of information in each volume, which there are two. The first volume covered Russia influencing our election and the idea that Trump committed conspiracy. They did NOT find evidence that Trump committed conspiracy, but there were several others whom they looked into, from the top of the food chain to the bottom. Donald Trump Junior was not charged because he purely didn’t understand or was ignorant of what he was doing and was involved in. (I had a good chuckle at that, he was essentially too stupid to be charged!) Most importantly it detailed just how far Russia went to infiltrate our elections.

Volume two covered obstruction by the President, and cited 10 examples which were then followed with how they did or did not qualify to the legal requirements of obstruction. It was damning. However, the special counsel did NOT make a judgement and left it open to congress and the AG. Posted below is a photo of the conclusion (I did not take it, but am posting this as I’m refusing to open that damn report again today) where you can clearly see that the report does NOT exonerate him.

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Either way. The report has been released (granted it is SEVERELY redacted in parts) to both the public and congress, and outside of Trump’s base people are horrified. The report lists 10 examples or “keys” that if nothing else show Trump attempting to cover up, lie, or misconstrue information as well as trying to get Robert Mueller removed from the investigation and to close the investigation.

Which if you didn’t know, is shady.. as fuck.

People are outraged (and frankly they’re not all “libtards”.. it’s pretty far across the board) and an article of impeachment as been introduced into the House.

Now that that’s stated, (and don’t argue, I’ll just send you a copy of the report) here’s why I’m especially alarmed today.

Since the investigation concluded and we were made aware of it back in March, Trump has been parroting “NO COLLUSION – TOTAL EXONERATION!!”. Almost a full month of the same crap. Which whatever, is essentially what AG Barr had stated in his original presser, and then again yesterday morning before he released the report. (I do want to go ahead and point out that he’s NOT supposed to be acting in Trump’s best interest, but the country’s. Yet, he came out and attempted to spin it in favor of Trump, which people are still dissecting and disproving.)

However, once the report got released, and not only painted Trump, his family and his administration in a very bad light, but stated he was NOT exonerated by the report, Trump has gone into a rage. One that I consider very scary.

(Also, screenshotting Trump is HIGHLY annoying as he still hasn’t figured out how to create a thread on twitter after all these years.)

The last tweet, with the highlighted part, is what I’m concerned about. He has spouted this kind of rhetoric before, and his supporters cherish it (they’re still suggesting hanging anyone who was part of this investigation on Reddit, Twitter & Facebook). However, he has actually used the word “justice” in regards to all of this, purely because his administration was put under the microscope, and he came out slightly dirty.

We cannot label investigators “dangerous” yet. Do you know why?  We are lucky enough to still have a working government. We are lucky enough that when the suspicion of corruption/conspiracy came up (complete with enough proof to get the S.C. looking into it) our government actually INVESTIGATED. That’s more than a lot of governments around the world, and we should embrace what little we get out of ours. The Special Council did exactly what it was supposed to do, and proudly. Many people forget that Mueller is a card-carrying Republican, ex-director, and veteran, yet a lesser version of him could have potentially swept all of this under the rug. Mueller works for the law and for us. Which is something that Trump seems to miss, the government does not work for HIM. (<- See Mueller report: Trump states that the next AG should protect him. Barr comes into the picture.)

As Mueller clearly states throughout his report, his service is to the rule of law and that is not something we need to deem dangerous or “sick”. In fact, even remotely applying the word “Treason” to a legitimate investigation, one that fought for our country and it’s citizens, making sure that nobody “is above the law”, is deranged. That is exactly the opposite of what the president should be parroting.

He should be using his ridiculous Twitter Platform and his rambling speeches at events to champion our justice system, instead he makes comments about how “This should never happen again”.

What Donald Trump is proposing, and has proposed in the past is that our government and citizens should NOT be allowed to investigate a sitting president or his administration. That essentially gives full rule allowing a government to descend into dictatorship. If a government and it’s head of government is allowed to do whatever they please without the threat of an investigation, our country is doomed.

United States citizens need to remember it is our right to investigate our government. They work for us, not the other way around. We are lucky enough to still have a government that will turn its eyes inward to police itself. (Of course my friends, our government still has its MANY issues.. but today is about holding on to what little we have.)

To have a sitting president threaten anyone who investigates him, or speaks against him, with the full weight of his office behind him, is a heavy foot into fascism.

To have him call anyone who speaks out against him, or reports information that is not favorable to him, treasonous is a heavy foot into fascism. 

We need to wake up America, we’re getting closer and closer to a place we won’t be able to come back from, and nobody seems to care.

Nationalism, Fascism & the USA

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My stance on the government has been the same since I was a teenager: The People control government. We are allowed to question, investigate, and even disapprove of our government and our politicians that hold seats with in it. Always.

This includes any investigations into the president, secretary of state, all the way down to local treasurer. The government works for the citizens, period. So now, after the conclusion of the Russia Probe by Robert Mueller, before the results have been released, our president and his cronies are cawing that the report was “Treasonous”, and in r/the_donald, people are literally calling for the Republicans and Democrats that took part in the probe to be hanged for treason. 

These are the same people who cheered when Hilary Clinton was investigated, who chant for her to be investigated again, who demanded she be locked up, even after she was found innocent of such accusations.

Yet, when the President, (who seems an awful lot like their messiah) is accused of treasonous activities and miscellaneous crimes those same people are screeching. They are convinced that it’s unconstitutional, treason, and unpatriotic. The President of the United States keeps calling those investigators and anyone who reports on it the Enemy of the State. The only thing that is different? Who is being investigated. When it’s the President? We start hearing rhetoric that sounds an awful lot like fascism.

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I don’t understand, and to be frank, I’m scared. You should be too. There is a certain kind of government that demonizes those who speak against it. When any sort of opposition becomes “an attempted coup”, we start toeing the line we fought an entire war to avoid. When the President starts talking about silencing the media, whom risks their lives to bring us current events and information, we goose step right into a fascist state.

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Another footstep towards this is the conversation about Nationalism and White Nationalism that is taking place now. If you’ve read my recent blog post, you’ve seen what I’ve written about White Nationalism thriving in the USA right now. Hell, all you have to do is turn on the tv. From within the MAGA camp, from senators to Fox News, you have the argument that Nationalism is a needed component of being a US Citizen. Yet Nationalism often leads to racism, which leads to all sorts of nasty things we learned in the 1930s and 1940s. To justify Nationalism (which is one of the first steps into fascism) they ignorantly confuse patriotism with it.

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All of a sudden it’s “patriotic” to want to keep immigrants out (notably it’s only the brown immigrants). You hear the arguments that “they don’t know english” (we don’t have a national language), or that they don’t assimilate to our customs and culture. Make America Great Again, seems to correlate directly with Make America White Again.

When Nationalism = Patriotism, the end result is Fascism.

EDIT: I took a break from writing, scrolled twitter and found this:

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Regardless of whom you agree with on border security, it is DANGEROUS territory to accuse people of treason because they disagree with you.

So here we are folks. We are stepping over the line into Fascist territory, and something needs to change. Now. I’m sorry this blog is so scatter brained, but I just don’t know what to think anymore. What I do know, is that our children will read about this era in their text books, and it’s going to rival the civil war. Most importantly, that a large number of our citizens will be on the wrong side of history.

Celebs & their platforms

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If you’re even remotely active on twitter, you may have noticed that some celebrities are very vocal regarding politics and government policy. We’ve seen it with football players, actors and actresses, musicians and authors.

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In the age of the internet, we can talk to people across the country. We are able to see the updates from people we used to read about in magazines. Hell, we can even comment on tweets from The White House and members of Congress. We can share our opinions and read the opinions of “famous people”. It’s an amazing time to share information and start conversations with people we used to have to wait to see on TV or read about in magazines.

Now on to privilege. There’s a lot of arguments regarding race and privilege, and we’re not going to get into that right now. That’s a blog post of its own. However, I believe we can all agree, that public figures such as authors, actors and actresses are more privileged than the rest of us working-class folks.

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Lets use social media for an example. Twitter is one of the quickest ways to get information out to the rest of the world. I love it but I only have 604 followers. Stephen King has 5.2 MILLION followers. George Takei has 2.9 MILLION followers.

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Hell. Donald Trumps followers are up to 59.5 MILLION. Social media is a platform for speech & information, and the rich and famous tend to have more reach and us regular folk want to know what they have to say (or in my case, the best way to shit post them). So celebrities are starting to state their opinions. They share articles about things they are passionate about. They retweet and post things that they agree with or feel down to their core.

Yet, on every single post you will see comments telling them to “stick to acting”, to “stay out of politics” as well as comments that they have “no right to comment, because how would you know??” Or as quoted in the first image, claiming “it’s just for attention”.

Somehow, everyone but the 16-year-old fan-girls of famous rock stars has forgotten something. Celebrities are people too. They are allowed to have an opinion. They are allowed to voice that opinion. As many of them are doing, they are USING their privilege and platform to speak out for and against things they are passionate about.

Now most of you know, I hold a good amount of animosity towards the upper classes. Eat the Rich and all, so you’d think I’d be championing the sit-down-and-shut-up-brigade against celebs. However, no. I WANT to know what they’re thinking. I WANT to see them using their money and privilege to be active within the community. I want to see them share information that they believe is important and pertinent to the rest of us in America or on Earth. I want them to use their priviledge and platform for something to better humanity. Even if I don’t agree with it.

I am happy to see actors and actresses boycotting Georgia. It shows they care about something. Just as I was happy to see the angry tweets from footballers and management regarding players kneeling during the anthem (don’t shit post regarding that, I’ll just delete the comment.. not the time). I was happy to see people sharing their opinions about what is going in in America. Even if I didn’t agree, even if it came from someone who wasn’t involved in politics prior. Hell. This country elected a tv personality as a govenor of California, then one as President. Speech and opinion don’t just belong to politicians, just like it doesn’t only belong to the working class. It also belongs to celebrities, immigrant activists, and my ass backwards friends from England (how’s Brexit treating ya?).

Everyone deserves a voice. Frankly we should be happy we have celebrity tweets to read that are more meaningful than the most recent Kardashian makeup scheme or break up.

2018 & 2019: The Resurgence of the Klan & Nazis

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“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton told the Montgomery Advertiser. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

NPR’s update on Alabama publisher who made comments about the Klan

Okay, I’ll admit. I’m on the younger side, and don’t have a lot of experience with Klan garbage. I learned a white-washed version of them in school, and learned more about them via research over the years. Honestly though, I’ve never had the luck to be able to protest a Klan rally, or even to trip one on the street.

The northern states do have active Klan chapters (circle jerks with special salutes?), like Indiana.. who just made the news as their state’s klansmen (women?) managed to get permission to hold a rally in Dayton, Ohio.

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However, even with them so close, and dealing with the utter bigoted trash that speckles WI & IL, I haven’t dealt with the hooded bastards. Nazis, sure. Has anyone seen Mchenry? Boneheads STILL walk the streets there, and are generally accepted into the town and county.

Hell, Illinois republicans fucked up and let a Nazi win a primary unopposed. 

Jones has previously described himself as a “white racialist,” or someone who “knows the facts of race,” in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

A former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party, Jones said he also opposed equality, interracial marriage and school integration.

The worst part, in the actual election 56,350 people actually voted FOR him. Yes, not only did IL Republicans let a literal nazi win a primary.. more than 50,000 people voted to have him elected.

Klan is still shocking to me. I know that they never disappeared, it’s just that now they are a lot more public then they used to be. Somehow both the Klan and Nazis are getting smarter about it too (man, I really thought the meth would’ve fixed that for us). They are branching off and reforming into new, more acceptable groups. Hell, most republicans will even shun a white hood (at least in public, as that’s obviously not the case at the polling stations) or a swastika arm band.

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Yet the support I see from friends of mine for groups that fall under “alt-right” is astounding. The most notable of late is The Proud Boys. (All though they have tried to distance themselves from the “alt-right” and have a token black man.) They are a hate group on multiple levels. Not only do they hate black people, they toss in a little anti-Semitism and misogyny. I’m not going to link their website because A. I don’t support views to hate groups home pages, and B. It’s atrocious.. my 11 year old could make a better website. So here’s the wiki on it.

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Seriously guys. Just because you put a bonehead in a snazzy polo doesn’t make them any less of a heaping pile of trash.

What’s getting me all riled up is how all these hate groups have seemed to make a resurgence. It’s because of the same reason people find it acceptable to be horrible human beings this past year. Ex: Getting screamed at by the truck behind me as he floored over a median: “Go back to your own country!” I’m assuming because I had a “Resist” sticker (which has now been replaced by an antifa sticker) on the back of my car. You should’ve seen his face when he realized I was white as snow. Ex: A woman following my friend around Target because she was convinced she was going to steal something while she was shopping on her lunch break. Spoiler: my friend is black.

These people think it’s now acceptable to be openly racist because that’s what they’re seeing in our political climate. Hell, the former leader of the Klan voiced support for President Trump and it was like pulling teeth to get a comment from him on it. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488802494/former-kkk-leader-david-duke-says-of-course-trump-voters-are-his-voters When the Charlottesville fiasco shocked the nation, our president said there are “fine people on both sides”. Our own president mocked Elizabeth Warren by calling her Pocahontus. I shouldn’t even have to link the Central Park Jogger case. Lets not forget when he called immigrants racists and drug dealers.. but lets be specific.. he wasn’t talking about European immigrants.

Whether or not Trump is racist isn’t up for debate in this post. My point is, is that when you say racially insensitive things (read: racist) things, or when you tweet them for the whole world to see and read.. the scummier parts of our society are going to believe that someone high up in government believes the same as they do. Ranging from the literal nazi who ran in my state, all the way to the President. Believing that the President of the United States has the same views you do about Mexicans or Native Americans, gives these assholes a feeling of power.

The question is: What are we Americans going to do about it?

I don’t see nearly enough people denouncing racism, classism, or sexism these days. Hell, half of my facebook timeline was filled up with memes making fun of the immigrant children in cages, or the mothers who tried to cross our border with them. I don’t see the Christians living like Jesus as they demand we ship people applying for asylum back to whatever country they came from. It’s almost like they forgot who Jesus was. I browsed a page today (compliments of a nazi sub) that condemned any woman in a relationship with “colored people”, and the amount of support in the comments was disgusting.

So what are we going to do about it America? How do we fix the problem, when the problem starts at the top, and goes through a large portion of our country?

I know that I won’t shut up, I know that the hubs won’t shut up.  I know my daughter is growing up knowing to not associate with the bigots swarming our country now. Hell. I know that I’m planning a trip to Ohio in May. We’ll never stop voting, but is it enough when the racism and hatred is bred into the roots of America?

How do we fix this?