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.

 

 

“Don’t like this country? Leave!” – An Anti-American Statement

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It’s almost as if this country is indeed sowing it’s own destruction. As time continues, more and more people are picking up “President” Trump’s statements telling Americans, that if they don’t like what’s going on in the United States, that they should leave. You can see it all over the news, social media and even in real life.

The problem with that, beyond the racist undertones, is that telling people who are not happy with what their government is doing, to just get the hell out is Anti-American. A key part of being American is that we stand up for what we believe is right. Americans don’t just move when shit isn’t going the way we want it to, we stand up and fight. The American people saw a problem with the direction the US is heading, and decided that hey, let’s change that. They elected several new congressmen and women, as is their duty as citizens. Americans have taken to the streets to protest everything from the restrictions placed on women’s healthcare to the “not-concentration camps”, because yet again, Protest is Patriotism. Americans as a whole, have not only the right, but the duty to stay and work on their country and government.

So when citizens do exactly that, when they state that something in our country isn’t acceptable, when they vote people in that work for things they agree with, when they decry fucking human rights abuses, they get told to leave. When an American does something that is their constitutionally given right, not to mention their duty, they’re told “If you don’t like it, go back to where you came from”. (Then of course, insert racist undertones.) Literally telling an American to get out of their own country isn’t only fascistic, it’s not un-American, it’s Anti-American. 

It’s also important to point out, for the sake of outing hypocrisy did everyone block out Obama’s entire administration? You know, where the Republicans, Tea Partiers, and Extreme Right lost their collective shit for 8 years straight? You know, where they held the birther movement, claimed democrats were ruining the country because muslims, burned and hung effigies of our President? If they didn’t like it, they should have just left. Fucking hypocrites. They continuously shit on the president, his family, and the democrats left in congress for 8 FUCKING YEARS.. yet when we shit on Trump for acting like a fascist, we get told to leave.

Fuck off with that shit.

Just like many others, I’m about fed up with the Trump Supporters consistent hate rhetoric and blatant, unapologetic hypocrisy. I guess this is more a sheer rant, because I’m tired of their shit. I’m tired of the racism, I’m tired of the sexism, I’m tired of the homophobia, I’m tired of kids in cages, I’m tired of American kids starving because they cut food stamps. I’m tired of the GOD DAMNED President continuing to spew racially charged propaganda that the damned nazis are just eating up.

Guess what MAGA cunts, none of us are going ANYWHERE. We’re done with your Anti-American bullshit. I’M DONE WITH THE BULLSHIT. 

We’re all fucking Americans, we’re here to fight for our country, and we’re not going to give up. 

Ilhan Omar: The Embodiment of the American Dream

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I remember sitting in history class as a freshmen in High School, listening to my teacher drone on and on and on about how people traveled thousands of miles, even in horrific conditions to come to the United States. He explained that it’s the quest for the so-called American Dream, that not just citizens have it, but immigrants too.

People travel here, immigrate here, both legally and “illegally” to have a shot at the American Dream. I’ve posted the definition above, but let me tell you what the American Dream meant to me and my family, and many other families out there.

Growing up, my Dad’s dream was always that us kids would be better of than he was. He didn’t go to college, he worked as a car mechanic (and then eventually a tech for another company) and he wanted us to be BETTER than him. So growing up for me, was about bettering myself, going further than my parents or any other ancestor with the base that they had built for me.

Now that I’m a parent, it’s the same. My version of the American dream is that I want my daughter to do better than I have. I want her to work hard, and make a wonderful life for herself with the base that I’ve built for her. The never ending American Dream, is to work hard, achieve more and to set the footing for the next generation. Why? Because we’re lucky to live in a country where that is (was?) possible.

Now I’m sure that you’ve heard about Trump’s tweets and comments regarding “The Squad”. If you haven’t, here you go, you get to suffer with the rest of us.
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So there is a lot of bullshit to unpack with those tweets. First, 3 out of 4 of those congresswomen were born in the United States. The 4th, immigrated here and became a citizen. (So maybe he’s right in the first tweet about our government.)

Secondly, does he really think Congress is just there to eat his ass? They’re there to run our government. That’s literally their job. More importantly, it is not illegal, shameful or wrong to criticize your government. It’s pretty much how this whole country came about in the first place.

Last, can we just go ahead and point out that ALL 4 of the congresswomen are people of color. Telling people of color to go back where they came from is inherently racist in the USA. It’s something that any minority group has had to deal with their whole entire existence. It’s absolute horse shit, since this country was literally founded by immigrants and then built on the backs of said immigrants and slave labor.

Anyway. Trump had another Nuremberg rally last night. During which, his cult-like supporters started chanting “Send her back”. (It really is telling that all of their hate filled chants are only 3 words long.) An entire demographic (I’ll let you guess which one) were chanting to send a literal American Citizen and Congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, back to where she came from.

Since then, social media has been flooded with anti-immigrant and general racist garbage from the Republicans. Including one, which I will not share here because it’s pretty graphic, in which a woman in a Niqab was hung from a crane. With the hashtag #IStandWithThePresident.

I am appalled. I am completely disgusted with how our President acted, and how my fellow Americans are currently acting. It’s fucking sick. However, it got me thinking about Congresswoman Omar. I did a tiny bit of digging, and confirmed what I already believed.

She is literally the embodiment of the American Dream.

She was born in Somalia in 1982. Her mother died when she was only 2 years old and she came from a family of educators. As some of you know, her and her family fled Somalia during the war and spent about 4 years in a refugee camp.

They made it to New York in 1992, and then moved to Virginia and then finally to Minneapolis. Her family was pretty working-class, but she was raised with a very strong respect for Democracy. She used to interpret for her grandfather at caucus meetings.

She finally was awarded her citizenship in 2000 (7 years before Melania Trump by the way) but had a rough time before and after. She was consistently bullied for her culture, more specifically her hijab. It ranged from boys putting gum on it, to literally pushing her down the stairs and assaulting her.

She persisted.

She went on to get a Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies in 2011, and held many jobs in politics in the mean time. During one job as a Senior Policy Aid for Andrew Johnson, she was attacked, yet again, by 5 people and injured.

She still persisted.

She ran for and was elected for the Minnesota House and took office in 2017. During which time, she amazingly co-authored 266 bills between 2017-2018. Shortly after that she was elected to Congress. She is the first woman of color to serve from Minnesota, and the first Somali-American ever. She was also one of two of the first Muslim women to be elected.

She has literally busted her ass, and embodied the American Dream. She is literally what Republicans say they want opposed to “illegal immigrants”. They want someone to do it through the right channels, and contribute to society… except for they still dislike her. It doesn’t even matter to them, that her American Dream is to serve the American People!

To think, Republicans everywhere are calling for her deportation, or telling her to go back where she came from as if she’s not American enough somehow. Hell, she CO-SPONSORED the 9/11 Victims Compensation bill, you know. The bill that helps take care of victims and first responders that were effected that day? You know, the same exact bill that the Republicans blocked. (Rand Paul – the guy who literally was the 51st vote on the huge tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, is now complaining that we don’t have the money to take care of our national heros. Fuck you Rand.)

It’s fucking ridiculous. She’s being touted as Anti-American, an Anti-Semite (because she criticized Israel’s government and their funding our politicians – for the record.. fuck Israel. You can criticize a government, you SHOULD criticize a government. It’s criticizing entire races/religions that gets you the boot), and a whole bunch of other shit, when she has done more for this country than the vast majority of us.

My point is, is she has literally embodied the American Dream. She busts her ass for herself, her family and for America, and Republicans are shitting on her (and the other 3 congresswomen).

It’s because they do their jobs and criticize and try to fix our country, and because they’re women of color. It’s both. I haven’t seen anyone tell Bernie Sanders to go back to where he came from, he has almost the same view points as all these women, and yet? Nothing. So yeah.

As of this point in time, the Republican Party that we all knew is dead. Our country is headed down a downward spiral, and people are openly shitting on (and physically threatening) the only people who seem to give a damn.

I don’t even know what to say anymore. It’s like watching a train-wreck. You can’t look away.

Except for it’s our country’s fall.

 

The Fall of American Democracy – The Rise of the Resistance and of Hope

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Note: This will be mostly free write, with most likely few sources. I have been struggling to put my thoughts into a coherent order for days now, but have only been able to muster disgust and anger. 

“If you want water, just drink from a toilet.”
-Border Patrol to a woman in custody at Southern Border

Have you ever felt utterly disgusted in your country? I have. I do. Every single time I think that things will get better, something else pops up, and I feel like vomiting. Whether it’s hearing interviews with detained immigrants about their treatment in our Concentration Camps or seeing how Border Patrol acts via a Facebook Group: Propublica Article, it disgusts me.

Then we have our so-called Christian President and Vice President championing this behavior, this crisis, that their administration CAUSED. We have people who are crammed in a room built for half the number, which leaves them only able to stand, for DAYS, and these god damned Christians are fucking cheering it on.

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I read these articles, I watch the videos, and I’m disgusted. Yet, some Americans believe it’s “Fake News”. Some just don’t give a shit, and some even LIKE it. I watched a video a little while ago of a Grandmother from SoCal that was trying to drop off toys to a camp being detained.

Between the camps and SCOTUS refusing to rule on Gerrymandering (PDF from SCOTUS), and Americans just burying their heads in the proverbial sand, America’s version of Democracy is dying.

And. No. One. Cares.

At least not enough of us. Hell, currently America is so convinced that Antifa is a terrorist group, yet they won’t fucking say shit about the fascist pieces of shit who attack people every day. America is so goddamned scared of “brown immigrants” that we’re turning our cheek while we erect concentration camps on our border. America is so god damned weak right now, we’re letting politicians change their districts so they can get more votes for their party.

It’s sickening.

However there is hope, it’s just ever so hard to hold on to these days. In my rage against organized religion, especially in relation to our current events, I stumbled into what I refer to as “Religious Twitter”. All of a sudden I’m reading the tweets from a Rabbi.

I found a woman of faith, who was speaking out. Who was outraged, who not only raised her voice for what she believed was right, she used her faith to back her up. (She also posts a lot of information regarding Judaism, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Education is always a plus.) Before I knew it, I was coming across different Rabbis, Pastors, and even a Priest who were fighting for these immigrants, against racism, sexism and antisemitism.

Then This!

Needless to say, my opinion about organized religion has been rocked a bit, and these people have given me a bit of hope. I have always had faith in antifa fighting the good fight, and I have faith in the politicians who are standing up and strong, and I have faith in the people who have been screaming with me. Having a bit more faith helps.

It’s just daunting, it’s simply disgusting how our country is behaving, how our government is behaving. It’s hard to watch democracy fall. It’s painful.

Yet, not all Americans will be on the wrong side of history when our grandchildren read about it. It’s hope, and more importantly, it’s a hell of a start.

 

To Be or Not To Be: Social Justice Warrior Edition

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Wikipedia Page: Social Justice Warrior (SJW)

Those of you that have known me for a while, both in real life as well as online, know very well that I’m very active in politics and ethics. I have long written about what I’m passionate about, and have used my accounts to share with the world, what I consider injustices and atrocities.

My stance has always been that if you see something that you believe is wrong, or horrific, show the rest of the world. A lot of people inadvertently have their head buried in the sand, especially with media being a bit biased in certain demographics. It’s incredibly hard to get information these days, despite the journalists who head to the front lines to share photos and interviews with us.

So I share what I can. I spread my opinion, usually with sources, via my accounts and this blog. Maybe someone out there, will read them, open discussion and information can be exchanged. Maybe someone will learn something that they didn’t currently know, whether it’s the conditions in the camps at our border or a politicians history.

Most importantly, I share screenshots of atrocious behavior from Homophobes, Nazis, White Supremacists, and generally bigoted people. Why? Because in this country, in our current political climate, this kind of behavior is acceptable and more and more of them are coming out of the woodwork.

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This is from a white power woman who argued with me on twitter last night, the rest of her page was 100% white power garbage.

Like I said in the tweet at the top, if you don’t call out the bullshit, if you don’t stand up to racism, it lets everyone know that it’s acceptable, and no one will do anything to change it. (Note: that tweet was before I knew she was a Nazi, Jon went and looked at her timeline as I was dealing with threats for criticizing a bot on Trump’s timeline).

This is something I’ve always done, this is how I was raised (especially by my grandmother).. that you stand up against those that do wrong, commit atrocities, or those that would destroy this country.

Apparently, despite my accounts all being like this since I got into politics (and had readily available internet, haha), despite the fact that this is who I am both in real life and online.. I hurt someone’s feelings. It’s bound to happen, and it does happen quite a bit. I shared this:

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The whole point behind this tweet was how stupid it is to use “culture and heritage” and the confederate flag as a platform for being a complete ass. Those that hide behind that flag with their hatred don’t think it’s so funny if us Northerners use the same mindset. I shared this on my page, hoping to piss some more people off, as true colors have been showing time and time again. (It truly makes it easier to delete people off of my friends list.)

Not to mention, I have made it ABUNDANTLY clear how I feel about that flag being used to spread fear in everyone who is not white/conservative. I couldn’t give two fucks what your heritage is, or if you’re proud of it or not.. this flag means a lot of horrible things to a lot of different people, and that’s the way it is.

Anyways, as predicted. My old friend responded. He apparently missed the ENTIRE point of the tweet, and told me I could come try if I “want a closed casket funeral”. Despite me explaining the tweet, he still went off on this tirade about me being a Social Justice Warrior. He was tired of me “picking fights”, posting information and “ramming it down his throat”. It apparently didn’t matter that I’ve been this way since we met.. back when I was 16 years old. You know, when I actually lit confederate flags on fire and was a SHARP? It also didn’t matter that there was a little button called “unfriend”.

I had hurt his little snowflake feelings. Or rather, I made him think uncomfortable truths. (Although I am kind of upset that it was someone else’s tweet that did it, not my comments on his page about his blatant misogyny.) Either way, I accomplished what I set out to do, and even got called a Social Justice Warrior.

My point is to call out bullshit when you see it. If you hurt people’s feelings along the way, make them uncomfortable, or even lose friends, it’s worth it. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m taking back the term Social Justice Warrior. I’m not going to let the assfucks who turned it into a derogatory term own it anymore.

Just remember, if you don’t stand up to injustices.. they become normal. Don’t stop standing up and speaking out just because you offend someone, or because they try to drag you down. Someone has to do it. Why shouldn’t it be us?

Stand up.
Use your available platform.
Share information.
Make the world a better place.

Just. Stand. Up.

 

Ignorance of Politics/Current Affairs

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Back when I was still an angsty teenager, I had a current affairs class. We brought up current affairs and discussed recent news in class as well as learned how to debate. I, in all my teenage glory, lashed out at my teacher regarding news in the middle east, and screeched about why should I even give a damn. My teacher provided the above quote, and I’ve referenced it every few years since.

A lot of people in this country purposely ignore the news, whether it’s about the Midwest farmers struggling or what moronic thing our government has done that day. It’s a privilege that people believe they have, as surely x, y & z will not effect us!  However, that is most definitely not the case even in the broadest of instances.

When you go to the grocery store, and marvel at the prices of food as they increase, if you’d turn on the news, you’d know why. If you see someone filming a police officer making an arrest, if you paid attention to current events, you’d know why. If you rage about getting a ticket for code compliance for something you’d never gotten a ticket for before, reading your town’s newsletter might explain that (or your code compliance officer is a dick like our neighborhood’s).

On the larger scale of current events, it’s even more important to pay attention, in my opinion that is.

When your country is ordering “retaliation” against other countries, you might want to pay attention. Even if you agree, this might effect your family in numerous ways. It could result in a loved one being sent over seas in the military, it could effect your income and prices of goods.

When your government is detaining people in camps, regardless of what you would call the camps, not only should this appall you, but you should pay attention. If your government will detain people that they don’t agree with, regardless of laws, what’s to say that they wouldn’t detain you and your family in the future.

Things you don’t pay attention to effect your daily life quite easily.

Regardless of where you stand with politics and our current laws, hell even our Constitution, knowing your laws, knowing your party/country’s stance on certain things is essential. Why? Every time a new person is elected, they have the opportunity to change those laws, your rights.

Something to always keep in mind is that a country doesn’t always change via a coup or by some other drastic means. Sometimes it’s a very slow, gradual change. So keep your eyes open, that way if your country goes in a direction you don’t like, you’re aware and in a position to do something.

As always, Nazi-Germany is a great example. Do you think that one day people woke up and knew that their neighbors were being carted off to the gas chambers? Nope, because that’s not what happened. First there was rhetoric and propaganda. That progressed to deportations. From there, detention camps started, a la concentration camps. Once labor wasn’t the easiest solution, death camps were created. It wasn’t an overnight thing, it was gradual.. and everything starts somewhere.

The argument that it doesn’t effect you, is almost always null. Politics effect you, whether or not you like it, whether or not you pay attention. In order to understand the world around you, understand the things that are happening and have happened, you have to pay attention.

So please. Pay attention before it’s too late.