Trump planted the MAGA bombs that threaten our democracy. Republicans are lighting the fuses and feeding the fires.
Between midnight and dawn, when sleep will not come and all the old wounds begin to ache, I often have a nightmare vision of a future world in which there are billions of people, all numbered and registered, with not a gleam of genius anywhere, not an original mind, a rich personality, on the whole packed globe.J.B. Priestley, Thoughts in the Wilderness
Trump and the GOP are upset that President Biden called them gasp “semi-fascists.“
“And what we’re seeing now is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just — it’s not just Trump. It’s the –it’s the entire philosophy that underpins — it’s — I’m going say something — it’s almost like semi-fascism, the way in which it deals.”President Biden, Remarks by President Biden at a Reception for the Democratic National Committee
Trump posted “Why are people so mean?” on his circling-the-drain social platform TRUTH Social. Chris Sununu (NH Gov.) and Kevin McCarthy (House Minority Leader) called for an apology. Oh, boo-hoo; if the foo shits, wear it. If Dante wrote Inferno after Trump was elected there would be a tenth ring in Hell for the MAGA faithful. The rabid ultra-MAGA pack thrives on fascist policy, hate, and violence. Trump is Lord of the Flies’ Jack intellectual doppelganger. His primary objective is power at any cost to our democracy. Some members of the GOP oppose him but many embrace him. Others fear his vitriol and won’t denounce him. The American Psychiatric Association could consider a new disorder, Trumpnuriaphobia.
When Trump called Elaine Chao (McConnell’s wife) ‘crazy’ McConnell cowered and pulled his head into his shell.
Why do GOP victims of Trump’s disrespect keep their noses deep enough into Trump’s buttocks to see what he ate for breakfast? Maybe we should ask Little Mario and Lyin’ Ted. Oh, and by the way, poor abused Donald called Democrats fascists in 2020:
Let’s dive deeper into some of the Orange King’s minions.
J.D. Vance is the Republican nominee for Senate in Ohio. Mother Jones tells us about when he “appeared with a podcaster who once said ‘feminists need rape'”, and how Vance “yearns to destroy what he calls the ‘American leadership class’ and to implement an extensive and possibly illegal program to cleanse US society of liberal influence.”
How do you feel about your local sheriff controlling all elections? Talking Points Memo has an article about the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association.
“The so-called ‘constitutional sheriff’ movement holds that a sheriff’s authority in their county trumps that of any other law enforcement agency, and that sheriffs can ignore any law they consider unconstitutional.Talking Points Memo, A Far Right Law Enforcement Movement Is Fueling The Effort To Infiltrate Voting Machines
The article reports that the Barry County, Michigan sheriff took possession of at least one ballot tabulator last year, with the county’s clerk later saying the machine had been taken to Detroit and disassembled. The sheriff referred to the state police as “an unelected and unaccountable strong arm of the state.”
It’s unimaginable in a democracy that law enforcement can interfere with fair elections and accurate vote counts. But the GOP is embracing law enforcement as a way to disenfranchise voters. In my March 15, 2022 post I mentioned DeSantis’s new storm troopers, the Office of Election Crimes and Security. Sure enough, just a few days ago, the Brennan Center For Justice reported Florida’s Election Police Come Up Empty. In a nutshell, the only crimes it found were “a tiny handful of people, many of whom were themselves victims of government incompetence.”
Abiding by certified election results is a cornerstone of our democracy. Trump’s election denialism and the Republicans that endorse it are a massive threat. FiveThirtyEight recently reported that 60 Percent Of Americans Will Have An Election Denier On The Ballot This Fall. Why bother with elections when one of the two dominant political parties has only two positions on the results: ‘we won’, or ‘the election was fraudulent’?
I’m not ready to turn our country over to religious zealots, racists, authoritarians, or plain old dumbasses. Both parties have their share but they’re overrunning the GOP. The only way to fix the problem is to vote. In my next post I’ll discuss threats to our right to vote and be counted.
Radar Blips In The Swamp
Brian Kilmeade of Fox News can’t even report simple news without prostrating himself before Trump:
When I first outlined this post I planned to include samples of Republican dystopia, antisemitism, racism, LGBTQIA+phobia, and unbelievable stupidity. The number of samples I collected is massive; there are too many for one post and probably too many for ten posts. I decided instead to organize the samples into discreet posts for better focus. But I have to leave you with one of my favorite examples of stupid. Herschel Walker, the 2022 Georgia Republican candidate for Senator said this at a campaign event:
“But they’re not. Because a lot of money, it’s going to trees. Don’t we have enough trees around here?”Mother Jones, Herschel Walker Doesn’t Want Any More of Your Stupid Trees
Yep, he even hates trees.
Until next time,