#BlackLivesMatter and Bernie Sanders

People claiming to represent BLM disrupted Bernie Sanders’ rally.

Original headline: BLM ATTACKS SANDERS.
Updated headline: NOT MEMBERS OF BLM
New headline: QUESTIONS EMERGE.

In the interim, I’ve been flooded with posts by angry white Liberals, incensed that anyone would DARE to protest at a rally for Bernie Sanders.

“Don’t they KNOW that Bernie is on their side?”

Immediately people began alleging that the protesters MUST be ratfkrs in the employ of Hillary Clinton, out to harm a serious threat to her candidacy.
OR they are ratfkrs in the employ of the GOP out to sow discord among the Democrats.
(Pro tip: Democrats have never needed outside help for that.)

Then came social media posts, allegedly from BLM “Leaders” disavowing these activists.
THEN those posts were taken down – the “Leaders” were not really “Leaders.”

BLM does not have leaders. It does not have “members”.
It is not a Liberal or Conservative group – the issues around unarmed people of colour being killed by police cuts across the political divide (or it damn well should).
If someone protesting under the BLM banner turns out to be a Christian, or a Conservative, or even a spoiled rotten, attention seeking nutter, they are no less likely to be a victim of unwarranted police violence. If pulling out one’s rosary and a Mitt Romney campaign sign were enough to make cops holster their weapons, someone should let the black community know – it would save lives.

Liberals seem to be outraged that a black person would dare to protest at a Bernie Sanders rally…because, they say, Bernie is on their side. This absolutely reeks of white condescension.
YOU don’t get to TELL black people who is and who ain’t on their side.
YOU don’t get to TELL black people not to protest at Democratic rallies because you think the Republicans are guiltier or less sympathetic or anything else.

In my view, it remains perfectly fair for people of colour to protest systemic racism at ANY political rally; to demand that the issue of state sanctioned violence inflicted on minorities be addressed. That the Democrats are arguably more responsive to the concerns of minorities than Republicans (in your view) does not equate with “Democrats are paying sufficient attention to the problem of systemic racism and white privilege.”

None of the foregoing means I dislike Bernie (I like him quite a lot).
It doesn’t mean I agree with the methods employed by these protesters.
It doesn’t mean I don’t think the GOP plays, by a large margin, a much bigger role in perpetuating systemic racism in America.
What it does mean is that white Liberals don’t get to tell black people to sit down and shut up because THEY support Bernie Sanders. It means that white Liberals don’t get to choose when it’s appropriate for black people to speak out. It means that black people have a right to disrupt your political rally whether or not they are Christians, Conservatives or once had a Sarah Palin button on her backpack when she was a kid.
It means YOU don’t get to be snotty and condescending because you don’t like her TONE or her ATTITUDE (while whinging about Joe Scarborough implying that the president is too uppity).

The reaction is far more appalling than the protest.
I’m about to unfriend one particular moronic asshole who has posted on numerous occasions how it’s absolutely, perfectly obvious that these protesters are being paid by Hillary Clinton to prevent Bernie from beating her.
“WHO else benefits??? WHO was a member of the Young Republicans???? FOLLOW THE MONEY!!!”
It’s not even the brainless fucking stupidity of that claim – as if Hillary would risk the total destruction of her campaign; becoming an object of loathing and contempt in order to fuck with a couple of Bernie’s rallies. It’s the goddamned blathering, certain paranoia that must be constantly lurking just beneath the surface. I’ve always had little patience for stupid. Some people don’t even toe the line…they dive head first into the deep end before the gun even sounds.

Apparently it’s too much for white Liberals to wrap their heads around the idea that a black Christian Conservative might not see the issue as Democrats = friends / Republicans = enemies; that PERHAPS these protesters see the problem as much broader than that – a problem of white privilege which has received insufficient attention from BOTH political parties (or maybe she even places more blame on the Democrats).
You can disagree with her about that…but you DON’T get to tell her to shut the fuck up and behave when Bernie’s talking. And you sure as hell don’t, on the back of flimsy evidence and fabricated, absolutely certain delusions, get to start tossing around slanderous accusations about anyone being a paid ratfkr JUST because they’re not the sort of black person YOU think they’re supposed to be.

There’s no doubt this issue is not going away anytime soon and this will not be the last I have to say about it. In the meantime, here’s hoping people give a little more thought to their reflexive presumptions and slanderous allegations around this issue.

GOP Debates Trump

Given the importance of the Hispanic vote and the massive bump in polling Trump achieved among Republicans from being loudly and proudly racist, that the first words that might be called an attack on this yammering gasbag come from Rick “Niggerhead” Perry is curious, indeed.
One notices that NONE of the other candidates (Perry included) has flatly rejected Trump’s hatesac bullshit, nor have they, en masse or individually, repudiated Trump himself.
The point being that they are not in this instance and given this opportunity standing on anything even distantly orbiting principle to say, “Fuck off, you racist piece of shit.”
This has nothing to do with treating Trump with respect and/or following Reagan’s advice not to attack within the party. The clowns are all torn between pandering to the Hispanic vote (and thus alienating the Republican base which consists of angry xenophobes) or pandering to the angry xenophobes (and thus further pissing off the Hispanics while appearing to support the blithering fucking moron Trump who’s kicking them in the cajones over immigration).
If this is a trap, Trump is far smarter than I credit…or far dumber.
This shit really is destroying the GOP’s ability to run any sort of campaign that has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning.
The best part is that it truly reveals the nature and quality of the Republican party. If they weren’t a cobbled together alliance of various and sundry species of retarded, pandering, mendacious, sub-human hate based scum, Trump’s ignorant blather wouldn’t pose any problem. That they are frozen like deer in the headlights tells anyone all they need to know about the GOP.

And so now, various “serious Republicans” are mulling over ways they might keep Donald Trump out of the debates. They realize he’s a destructive clown and they need some way to cut loose of him. As you read this article, you can hear the sound of Teapublican heads exploding from Bangor to Laredo – sounds like vandals have gotten into the bubble wrap factory.

After reading the bit, I wandered into the comment section. If you want chilling proof of the sucking mental vacuum that is the Republican base, I DARE you to scroll through it yourself. You should consider that both an invitation and a threat.

After what seemed an eternity of reading the dumbest fucking things ever cobbled together out of the 26 poor, abused letters of the alphabet, I left the following:

It took a long time but I managed to read through the majority of the comments in this thread.
As depressing and frightening as it is to realize what stunted, ignorant, hatesac racism and delusional fever dreams drive you pathetic, unread, semi-literate assholes, there’s a bright silver lining: no candidate who says the things that reflect your schizophrenic fantasies could ever be elected president.
The lot of you are too fkn stupid to ever glimpse the near edge of how stupid you are. You toss around words like socialist, communist and fascist without having the foggiest first clue what they mean – to you they’re just epithets you employ in place of saying nigger.
You don’t know anything about history, the constitution or anything else but that doesn’t stop you from being loud and proud and showing the world that you’re fucked-in-the-head wrong about everything.
Anyone you drooling imbeciles from Sisterfuck, Tennessee decide to get behind will be utterly crushed in the general election and you pathetic, racist, xenophobic Christopaths will cry great salty tears into your soiled Pampers about how you were sold out again; how the RINOs forced a candidate who just wasn’t Conservative ENOUGH to appeal to all those REAL ‘Mercans who are absolutely out there hating the gays and wishing the darkies would stop sucking up all your tax dollars. Meanwhile, as your Republican governors continue to privatize and destroy your local economies, the rest of America will continue to prop up your broke, redneck, Wal-Mart wheelie cart riding asses.

Republican Treason

It wasn’t enough for Trey Gowdy and a gang of Relublican assholes to meddle in foreign policy by writing directly to Iran – a pretentious and vain effort to undermine a sitting president in the exercise of his exclusive authority to negotiate with foreign governments and which flirted with the line between being an asshole and being a traitor.
In the wake of President Obama’s announcement of a negotiated agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear program, the Republicans have unanimously curled into the fetal position and begun crying like red-headed stepchildren.
Perhaps if they hadn’t marched in lockstep opposition to every single thing the president has ever attempted to do – and not as a matter of principle but as a matter of determined ratfucking – they would still have a single tattered shred of credibility on which to hang their mewling, pants-wetting objections.
They opposed health care reform (an idea cooked up by their own greedhead hacks at the Heritage Foundation), supported DADT and DOMA, and rejoiced over Hobby Lobby but screamed about activist judges and tyranny at Obergefell. They are petulant fucking children who expect and demand that everything – every single fucking thing – be determined in their favour. Always.

Nevertheless, let’s be specific here. They are shedding tears today for the death of all things good, right and true as evidenced by this specific deal with Iran. Some history may be illuminating:
In 1953 Republicans acting in the service of British Petroleum sent the CIA to assassinate the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mossadeq, and install the brutal, tyrannical murderer and puppet the Shah.
After the Iranian people turfed his criminal ass (which the United States saved from ever facing the justice demanded by his own people), they spent the next 40 years provoking, demonizing and lying about Iran.
Then, GW Bush fabricated blatant lies about Iraqi WMDs and, in the greatest foreign policy disaster of all time, illegally started a war to remove the one element that stood as a bulwark against the rise of Iranian influence in the region – another American puppet and BFF of Don Rumsfeld, Saddam Hussein.

Following the destruction of Iraq and the consequential rise of ISIS (which both America AND Iran would like to see destroyed), the Republicans NOW mewl and bawl that any deal with Iran that does not give the GOP every single thing their cowboy delusions imagine they must have (and are downright eager to bomb Iran if they don’t get) must be opposed.
And their castrated, orange-hued leader, who supports torture, rendition, indefinite detention and survives by drinking the panic sweat from Lindsey Graham’s scrotum, has the nerve to call Iran the largest sponsor of state terrorism.

Political commonwealth (not to mention reason) is not possible with the stubbornly ignorant, mendacious, venal pieces of worm shit that comprise the GOP.

The Republican Tell

What Charlie Pierce calls Tiger Beat on the Potomac has a very serious bit on how concerned is the Republican brain trust that Donald Trump will hurt the party’s appeal with women and minorities – that his bombastic attacks on everyone and everything will damage the eventual candidate (which, of course, could never be Donald because Republicans are serious people).
They are especially worried that his plastic popularity and name recognition will earn him a spot on the debate stage.

“But as of now, he would be in — over 2012 Republican runner-up Rick Santorum, who won 11 states and around 4 million votes last cycle; over John Kasich, the popular Ohio governor of a key swing state; over South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a leading foreign policy voice in the field; and over Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, known as a policy wonk…He’d also make it in over Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO whom the party establishment desperately wants on the debate stage. Fiorina has earned strong reviews from early-state activists, and party insiders say her inclusion in the debate is critical — both to demonstrate the GOP’s diversity and to help male candidates find the right tone in connecting with female voters.”

In what universe is Rick Santorum described as 2012 runner-up instead of a giant theocratic dick with a snowball’s chance in hell of anything?
John Kasich is running because everyone else is and, hell, why not?
Lindsay Graham is a pants wetting panic button with his tongue drilled up the backdoor of the Senator who created Palin.
Bobby Jindal…a policy wonk? Gentlemen, put down the peyote.
Carly Fiorina is a complete failure in business, electoral politics, truth telling, and is only welcomed by the GOP to deflect accurate charges of rampant sexism in their attacks on Hillary Clinton. As a secondary benefit, her presence in the debates will allegedly prevent the other candidates from using terms like, “Broads,” “Skirts,” or, “The women folk,” when pushing policies to restrict or ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

Leaving aside for the moment Trump’s unmatched ability to be a blithering, loud-mouthed shnook of truly epic proportions, what is it that troubles Politico? Is it his calling all Mexicans rapists and drug dealers? Nope:

In recent months, he’s said that Fiorina got “fired viciously” from HP and “got clobbered” in her 2010 California Senate loss to Barbara Boxer (she lost by 10 points.) He’s ripped Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as “very weak” on immigration. He’s called Jeb Bush “an unhappy person” and said he “couldn’t negotiate his way out of a paper bag.”

Fiorina fired viciously from HP – TRUE.
Fiorina clobbered in Senate loss – TRUE
Rubio weak on immigration – TRUE
Jeb a spineless, flip-flopping buffoon – TRUE

Firstly, in what universe is Donald Trump not the perfect embodiment of the contemporary Republican party?
Blatantly racist, sexist and anti-immigrant while insisting he isn’t; absolutely certain he knows everything, is right about everything and everyone else is a loser. Invents “facts” that suit whatever happens to be oozing out of his yap at the moment. Committed birther who demanded to see the president’s long form birth certificate and then wouldn’t accept the document when offered. Anti-tax, anti-government, anti-environmental protection. Solution to every foreign policy problem – a big stick, “Make them behave.”
Donald Trump is a boasting, fabricating, ignorant, spoiled rotten piece of shit. He is loud and proud and doesn’t care that he is fucked-in-the-head wrong about everything. Donald Trump IS Republican.
The Republicans don’t want him on the debate stage because he reveals the rest of them for what they truly are. The only reason thinking people ought to be concerned is that his presence makes the rest of them appear reasonable by comparison. They are not – not more thoughtful or smart or able to govern…they are not less racist, sexist or homophobic – they’re just less like Foghorn Leghorn and they would prefer Donald stop hollering, “Now, see heah, boy!”

Freedom of Religion

KKK

Ben Carson

There’s something deeply wrong with Ben Carson. “Being gay is a choice because some people go into prison straight but come out gay.” Clearly some people go into medical school able to learn but come out believing that their ability to wield a scalpel makes every ignorant, backward, unread, thoughtless, condescending, asshole idea that flits through their head worthy of being taken seriously. What an absolute piece of shit.

In a statement to CNN, Carson walked back his assertion. “I realized that my choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues,” Carson said. “I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended.”

And so we learn that in addition to being stupid, Ben Carson is a liar. He was perfectly clear. He said being gay is a choice. He was asked to confirm if he meant that and he replied, “Absolutely.” ABSOLUTELY. CHOICE. It is of no value whatsoever to pretend to apologize for offending people by saying what he really thinks, or to walk it back ever so slightly by admitting that he doesn’t KNOW how people come to their sexual orientation (Pro tip: No one KNOWS how anyone comes to their sexual orientation.) The story here is that Ben Carson, in the complete absence of any valid information upon which to have an opinion (and worse that that, vomiting forth the stunningly ridiculous and intellectually shameful prison hypothetical), arrogantly asserts his completely ignorant opinion as ABSOLUTE fact, and supports policies that treat homosexuality as if it were abnormal, socially undesirable, and undeserving of equality under the law. I don’t know how this puffed up asshole ever managed to get admitted to medical school but given the demonstrations of his non-medical capacities, all I have to say to the Republican party is, “Keep going. You’re going great!”

Republicans

Homeland Security – clearly an immigration issue.
Labour bill – GOP amendment to defund Obamacare.
Education and energy bill – GOP amendment to defund Obamacare.
Economic bill – GOP amendment to defund Obamacare.
Another education bill – GOP amendment to cut funding to any school that so much as mentions abortion to teenage girls.

These venal assholes will sacrifice even the appearance of doing their job, while putting god bothering, science denying morons like Inhofe in charge of the environment, in order to make another petulant, stubborn, childish fucking attempt to roll back any gain that helps anyone not named Koch, or fails to hew to their imbecilic, ignorant Conservative principles – principles that plainly amount to being willfully stupid and throwing tantrums when they don’t get to actually do the brainless goddamn things they promised Cletus and the rest of the Klan in Sisterfuck, Arkansas in order to get his snake handling ass off the porch and into a voting booth.

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