Monday, January 25, 2016

American Conservatives are Embarrassing

"By an accident of birth, I fall into the White Guy category. To keep this on a positive note, let’s call it my brand. And that means that if other people with my outward characteristics do dumb-ass things, it reflects on my brand." Scott Adams

White conservative Americans have become an embarrassment. I know that's not politically correct, but face it folks we are starting to look like a nation of idiots. Think about that for a minute. Our white conservative Congress is voting again to repeal healthcare, you know healthcare that is slavery. Texas Governor Greg Abbott wants to make America Somalia, no need to obey federal laws - articles of Confederation redux. Kansas Governor Brownback bought into the insane idea idea that reducing taxes brings forth magic. Now the state is a mess. Kansas is just one state run by a white conservative republican. Was Brownback alive in 2008 and 2009 or was he lost in some imaginary supply side universe. Laffer is so appropriate a name.

What's the matter with white America is the question of the day. Recently a group of white militia conservatives took over a garage sized nature center in Oregon because they have the mental acuity of a spoiled five year old. Give children guns and they soon think they are warriors. Reminds you of a five year old who won't come in for dinner. One wonders what the idiots will do when tourist season arrives, maybe they'll give 'take over nation' demonstrations one garage at a time. If another American had asked for this land it would be welfare, how is it America belongs to the select few white Americans? The nation's Indians should tell them they're way late.

Then we have Maine Governor Paul LePage, of course everyone knows racism is alive and well in America, that is except white Americans, they think they are colorblind, try really hard to forget their narratives. Didn't a Marxist Kenyan president change all that. One can only wonder at the level of insanity when a woman becomes president. She is white, will that help? Are you kidding me. Anyone watch the Benghazi hearing. If hate required a face there were plenty of opportunities. Can you spell just plan nuts. And Deez even got some votes.

Anyone watching the republican debates would marvel at the level of dialogue, when it isn't the same reduce taxes on corporations and the wealthy and the economic genie will appear, they are upping each other like some chest pumping pretend wrestler, bomb em all. Bomb em all, bomb em all, is it fear, paranoia, everything has become Munich. Have any of them served in the military, had they maybe a rational thought would arrive.

Have you seen the crowds at Trump rallies, cheering the blond platitude, an inherited real-estate developer, now the darling of white conservative America. Trump engages in so much hyperbole, historians and sane media journalists now require therapy. While Nazi references are badly overused by these conservative republicans, recently a Muslim woman stood up and was escorted to door, that wasn't the proper sign of allegiance to a mountebank wearing a trite slogan. Remember the Gay soldier. Booing in this crowd is a substitute for thought.

And this comedy of white conservative sloganeering would just be funny until someone like Governor Rick Snyder poisons the people of Flint, Michigan to save a buck. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker isn't just dumb, he wants all the citizens of Wisconsin on an equal level. Why fund education when anyone who isn't as extreme as you is just not conservative enough. How many teachers does Governor Rick Perry want to fire, he can't remember that either. And then there is Rick Scott. Any need to go on.

Have you noticed none of the republican governors support education. This would be funny until you look at the warriors in Oregon, or the tea party signs to keep government out of their medicare, or poisoned water, add tornadoes and floods which only matter if you happen to be in one. Education is power, it is feared by the powerful for it focuses attention on cause rather than aimless finger pointing. Pay close attention to Governors and candidates who listen the likes of the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson.

"If we held the White House, taxes would be lower, spending slowed and the military strengthened...." Governor Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina responds to the SOTU. She forgot 'freedom.' If a listener read history they know how often these same words are used, and they'd know too how meaningless they are. Can you spell voodoo or oligarchy.

Idiocy mixed with fear is so dangerous a mindset, anyone find those WMDs or witness the wonderful spread of democracy in the Middle East? If you have, let the rest of America know. So long as big money buffoons, corporate lobbies, think tanks that do anything but think exist, militiamen armed with AK15s isn't a reality show, it is reality.

It would give solace to the sane American if after President Obama's term, sanity in America returned, but given the House under 'missing a heart Ryan' is still voting to end slavery, aka healthcare, no hope is in sight. It has to be clear now, elect a conservative white governor and your state gets dumber, you lose healthcare, your environment is polluted, and your state goes into massive debt. All the while they throw out, weakness, appeasement, surrender, Chamberlain, again and again, is there any hope white America.

If anyone has an idea on how sane white Americans, who still believe in a land of promise, inclusion, fairness, and accomplishment can separate themselves from dumb white America. Please, please let America know. By the way, suggested forehead tattoos, would help but people do occasionally change. Imagine for a minute the Donald's audience cheering bigotry, slogans waving, 'make America great again', Palin rambling, dissenting Americans booed, and you witness the absurd theater white conservative republicans have created. And so it goes....

Source Information:

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/136879450111/working-on-the-white-guy-brand
http://www.alternet.org/story/150392/the_8_worst_governors_in_america
http://www.salon.com/2016/01/14/thank_you_oregon_militiamen_the_longer_you_stay_the_more_ridiculous_you_and_the_conservative_movement_look/
http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/156038
https://aeon.co/opinions/why-bullshit-is-no-laughing-matter


Reading

'Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class' by Ian Haney López
'The Rhetoric of Reaction: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy' Albert O. Hirschman
'Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal' Kim Phillips-Fein
'It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism' by Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
'Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong' by James W. Loewen
'Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free' by Charles P. Pierce
'Liberty Under Siege: American Politics, 1976-1988' by Walter Karp
'Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming' by Naomi Oreskes, Erik M. M. Conway
'American High: The Years of Confidence, 1945-1960' by William L. O'Neill
'A Bubble in Time: America During the Interwar Years, 1989-2001' by William L. O'Neill
'Coming Apart: An Informal History of America in the 1960s' by William L. O'Neill


'The American conservative has become a sort of trained bumpkin, they outsource their work and pay them nothing and he unconsciously blames government when she doesn't blame some racial or ethnic group. Years of training have made them puppets. One could say corporate puppets, the corporations play them like children. Has the conservative always been this naive a tool of others? Maybe they have, for power knows all you need to do is have an enemy to occupy them. When it isn't government it's progress, or for some conservatives it's another human being of difference. I guess when one's mind is empty of education or history, it gives comfort to know satan caused all that is wrong. Satan can be whatever the powers that be tell them. No need to name names' mc5


And I give you this idiot to add to the point. http://www.sltrib.com/home/3441922-155/story.html

"Forgotten by the fevered crowd was the supposedly bedrock conservative principle that people are responsible for their own actions, and that it's time to stop blaming society."

[url]http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/neil-macdonald-sarah-palin-1.3416452[/url]


Conservatives must now face the monster they have created after sixty years of disparaging government, why all of a sudden would they think their idea of government is better than another. Nations deteriorate from the inside, the destruction of America started in earnest with Ronald Reagan and the rise of oligarchy. Sixty years on, an education that excluded diversity, reality, science, history, and every other American value has had great impact. Mirrors are obviously missing at the National Review and other conservative locations. The scary thing is, Trump and Cruz could actually be more extreme and they'd still appeal to the conservative American. Doubters check Iowa voting. The apologetics begin.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July Reads and Links

Interesting history and our Constitution.

'A Bubble in Time: America During the Interwar Years, 1989-2001' by William L. O'Neill
'American High: The Years of Confidence, 1945-1960' by William L. O'Neill

'That's Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America's Right Wing' by Michael Austin

Games and Life

'The Grasshopper, third edition: Games, Life and Utopia' by Bernard Suits

July Links

Buy American
More on cars
Outsourcing
Ten things and Life
Give your money away
Meat or vegetables
Outrospection


"It's fun to tease people about where fiction and life intersect." Dorothy Allison


Thursday, May 28, 2015

May Reads.

Summer reads and a few links.

'The New Prophets of Capital' by Nicole Aschoff
'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror' by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan
'The Nearest Thing to Life (The Mandel Lectures in the Humanities)' by James Wood
See Work link below. 'The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction' by Matthew B. Crawford
'Extraordinary Popular Delusions and The Madness of Crowds' by Charles MacKay
'Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises,' Sixth Edition, by Charles P. Kindleberger, Robert Z. Aliber, Robert Solow

Fiction: 'Crow Fair: Stories' by Thomas McGuane and all of Cormac McCarthy

'The Founding Fathers Versus The Gun Nuts'
Outsourcing, a bit dated, but still relevant.
The Liberal Arts vs. Neoliberalism.
Unreal, unreal.... see YouTube.
Working with your hands.





Thursday, April 23, 2015

April Links

Kansas, Brownback's Welfare State

Is it not curious that a state that says it is about freedom imposes restrictions on the needy while it fails to impose any restrictions on its own bad habits? When your state is on the dole because of your policies shouldn't you too give something up? Given Governor Sam Brownback's economic failure shouldn't he in fairness impose the same restrictions on himself and on his staff. Obvious failure should be seen for what it is, failure.

Only comedy can do justice to Kansas.

Sam's tax help.

More on Sam's failure here.

And Guns....

Remember the incredible fear one case of Ebola caused the republican party, would you not think this issue of some concern?

Social media, the new bully pulpit.


Why be good?

"Books had instant replay long before televised sports." Bernard Williams [See what to read]

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Links of Interest

This is hopefully going to be a regular post. There is so much excellent information online why not share it.

TPP...

"Japan ships 1.5 million cars to America each year, but allows only 20,000 American cars into its own market. Since 2012, Japan’s yen has devalued by 50 percent against the dollar. Now Japan wants tariff-free access to the U.S. market through the TPP while it continues cheat on currency." Read article here.

Let's show them all... Recalls

Toyota Recalls.

Air Bags.

Recall Rates.

Sometimes it's good to be wrong...

I'm never wrong.

This book should be read by everyone, especially our representatives....

Are you unconscious?

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me." Andre Malraux

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Election 2014

Edited post: I changed 'intelligent' to 'reasonable' as intelligence is not always a sign of helpful human reason. Psychopaths are often intelligent proving it has nothing to do with empathy, compassion, or normal human concern.

Until liberals, democrats, leftists, and freedom loving folk learn people are not rational and that those who have the best slogans win - Idiots will always win if their message is simple enough. Look only at Joni Ernst as an example, she may make Michelle Bachmann look reasonable. Seems simple but the democrats and progressives don't get it. Say taxes, welfare, dog whistles, un-American, socialism and voila instant vote. Of course the history of republican rule is a failure but who knew. As I've asked in another post what has conservative politics ever done for all Americans = NOTHING. And on a more personal level I laugh today as republicans and conservatives in my age category worry about social security and medicare, not that they are funded, but that they can benefit from these liberal policies. And so it goes.....

After thought, electing a Black man has hurt the Democratic party in a manner simlar to LBJ's Civil Rights Act. But then some say that's playing the race card. Guess it is.