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Our president ignores an American hero: Trumps silence on the Waffle House murders is deafening

James Shaw Jr. disarmed a mass shooter single-handed. Everything about that is a problem for Donald Trump


APRIL 24, 2018 10:00PM (UTC)

During the early morning hours last Sunday, a 29-year-old white man named Travis Reinking allegedly used an AR-15 rifle to kill four people and injure two others at a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville. Reinking is reportedly a member of the Sovereign Citizens, a right-wing extremist movement that is heavily influenced by white supremacist political ideology. It is likely not a coincidence that all of Reinking's victims were nonwhite.

A 29-year-old black man named James Shaw Jr. disarmed Reinking by grabbing the barrel of his AR-15. Shaw is the true definition of a hero. He acted selflessly, without training or compensation, and at great personal risk.

Like most real heroes, Shaw refused any special praise or honor. As Shaw explained at a press conference on Sunday, ďIím not a hero. ... Iím just a regular person. I think anybody could have did what I did if theyíre pushed. You have to either react or fall. I chose to react because I didnít see any other way to live.Ē

During those few minutes last Sunday morning in a Waffle House, a mini-drama of American life in the age of Trump took place.

A young black man protected the public from a white man hell-bent on committing mass murder. In America, black men are all too often subjected to harassment, state-sponsored violence and racial profiling. By comparison, white men -- even when they are mass murderers or domestic terrorists -- are described by default as "nice" and "normal" people who are "lone wolves" or suffer from mental illness. Their crimes come as a surprise and not indicative of a broader "cultural problem" among the "white community."


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Because it's Wednesday once again...

Describe your perfect date...

Who else here feels that Felix needs to go on a diet?

Serious question, why are today's so-called 'conservatives' and GOPrs all assholes?

I hope that you don't mind... This is going to be one of my longer than usual rants. Please indulge...

I'm old enough to remember the day when Republicans didn't represent the worse aspects of human nature.

But those days are long, long gone.

Today, those people are nothing more than delusional, perpetually enraged, self-destructive (in that they'd rather destroy America than share it), and they're pretty much lying, greedy bastards of the first order. They create enemies to hate, they create a world where they're ones who are the victims, when actually, they hold most of the cards. They will steal the whole loaf of bread, and yet complain all day and night whenever people who don't like them have the audacity to reach for the crumbs that are left behind.

I just don't understand what they want, because they seem to be against everything and cheer for whatever is the worst option. They're always unreasonable about the most minor and petty things, so much so, where larger, more pressing problems that affect us all are left unaddressed. (The freaking infrastructure and massive wealth inequality, anybody?)

Oh, and their utter hypocrisy is mind-boggling; it's not as if everyone can't see what they're doing. Jeez, how many mulligans will they give to everyone they support who represent just about everything they've professed to believe in? In that instant alone, white evangelicals all look as if they've lost their gawd-damned minds lifting up Trump on their pedestal.

Oh, and the utter incompetence. That's the kicker, for me right there. For eight years, the White House was the home to an intelligent, gracious, compassionate, well-read, well-intentioned, ethical and dedicated Chief Executive... Someone who was intent of serving all the people. And in response, through the sheer mendacity of a white-lash, the Republicans lied and cheated their way to replace his with the worst white man alive. A man whose singular motivation was to stick it hard to half the country, no matter what.

He's following through on that and there is nary a peep about it from the GOPrs. It's like it doesn't even exist.

Don't they know that he's going to eventually fuck over everyone, especially his own supporters? The closer you get to that orange baboon, the easier you made it for him to stab you in the back. He's an abusive, gas-lighting bastard that decent people want no part of... And yet, he has people still believing in him in record numbers. Especially, those who are white, conservative and evangelical.

Who here would want to live in these people's shoes? I certainly don't ever want to...

To me, these fuckers are all feeling the pain now and they're anticipating a steep price to pay for their folly. They could have been inclusive, competent and rational. But instead, it looks as if they've all lost their fucking minds.

They seem to get off on our own negative reactions to Trump, their support for Trump, the nativism, chaos and disorder that they're creating... As if they believe that they're going to be magically exempt from any consequences.

They're like people who are with other people that they detest, all floating along in a life raft on the open ocean, who then punches a hole in that same life raft just to get a kick from the horrific reaction from the other rafters and yet they believe that they won't get wet.

Basically, they believe that they're entitled to behave like assholes without and consequences whatsoever. I figure that the best thing for them is to never cut them any slack for their assholery. That, however means that they'd need to step out of the garbage heap of their own insularity and take a breath of fresh air in the real world.

Apparently, though, they seem to thrive in the fetid stench of their own garbage. They're addicted to it.

If you listen to the things that they tell each other, it makes no sense at all, doesn't comport to any frame or fashion of reality, and yet, they seem irate whenever the left refuses to validate their utter delusions and lies. If you ever want to piss these people off, simply never give them the benefit of the doubt, never validate whatever nonsense that they're pushing, always give them the facts and simply tell them that you're never obligated to validate anything that contradicts the facts.

That will drive them up the fucking wall, I guarantee it.

At this point, however, I do whatever I can to avoid those assholes, but I have a plan for whenever I can't avoid them. It's never let me down. I calmly make it very clear for them that the pain they're feeling and wish to impose on others, they're not going to be able to impose it on me.

Perhaps they're in misery and they're simply trying to create some miserable company... Well, I simply refuse to give them what they want. Once they figure out that out, then maybe they'll start behaving properly.

I know that I offered a lot of speculations here... But really, why ARE they all assholes?

Anyone care to elaborate?

Never forget: Democrats do it better.

Pathological narcissism is a helluva drug...

It's a little too "Hard."

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