It's funny how we demand immigrants "assimilate" but the majority party courts the least-assimilated
I mean they wave a flag of a faction that broke away from our government - Seems the opposite of assimilation to me.
They are, for lack of a better word, paranoid about their fellow Americans if they are different colors, religions, of a different sexuality, etc.
They are antagonistic, sometimes just to be antagonistic, to institutions in our country: Whether it's the media, fact checkers, watchdogs, the medical community, and more. It's to the point where they are proud of this distrust.
They can't accept the US as it is in the year 2018, they prefer the US magically go back to some era that only exists in their minds.
We do have an assimilation problem in this country - But the Republican Party and Fox News simply calls them "forgotten Americans".
Lawyers for a man convicted of a terrorist plot to bomb a Kansas apartment complex are blaming President Trump for stoking their clients fiery rhetoric about Muslims.
Attorneys for Patrick Stein who was found guilty of planning to kill Muslim residents of Garden City, Kansas claimed that Trumps brand of rough-and-tumble verbal pummeling contributed to Steins homicidal thoughts.
The court cannot ignore the circumstances of one of the most rhetorically mold-breaking, violent, awful, hateful and contentious presidential elections in modern history, driven in large measure by the rhetorical China shop bull who is now our president, the lawyers wrote in a sentencing memo filed on Monday.
The lawyers are asking for a lesser sentence in part due to the argument that Stein was a Trump supporter and the president inflamed Steins anti-immigrant hatred ultimately influencing the mans attack plans.
Whether it's Pizzagate, QAnon, the "deep state", school shootings all being staged by "crisis actors", white genocide, George Soros and the Je... Globalists doing nefarious things, the thing with the left, the immigrants, the Je... Globalists, the Muslims, the Media, the Obamas, the Clintons, and the Martian Sex Colonists all working together in some secret volcano lair, etc.
Republicans created them, Republicans promoted them, Republicans ran on them, Republicans chanted "lock em up", Republicans benefited from them, and even if Republicans didn't run on them other Republicans just smiled and nodded when others did it for them, and Republicans didn't and continue to refuse to denounce them.
How much more blood on their hands are Republicans OK with? How much more terror do Republicans want?
and for the right wing as much as humanly possible?
Don't get me wrong... I love children, this is about making sure their lives have value in the face of an ideology that says they don't, especially if they are black lives that are apparently interchangeable and worth less than a confederate statue.
Let's say abortion is made illegal, we've got secret networks of people getting women access to abortion and birth control, so what do we do for the children already born?
These are just some things we can do, starting today, that will make us and future children expensive for right wing authoritarians and the nationalist cult...
Counter-recruitment - Right wing evangelicals see poor children as cannon fodder to die against Gog and Magog (Formerly Russia now the Muslims because Russia is now our BFF apparently) to bring in the "end times". Teach children starting today to be suspicious of joining the military, let's deny them the cannon fodder they need for the apocalypse.
Debt (Esp. medical debt) - Don't pay bills, don't pay medical bills. And if you do pay, pay as slowly as possible. Imagine if everyone did this, we'd find out what's greater, sanctity of life or the almighty dollar soon enough.
Don't run away from their labels - Don't be afraid of "liberal" or "politically correct", chuckle at it. When they call you "socialist", you say "OK, and?" The right wing keeps moving what they call "socialism" to the center. When we were younger, "socialism" was "Oh you must want universal healthcare", today "socialism" is "Oh you are with the school shooting survivors", and I'm pretty sure that when our own kids in politics "socialism" will be "Oh you don't want to throw virgins into volcanoes to appease the Dow and the job creators?"
Education - Sure the DeVos Department of Education wants to turn schools into the Department of Cheap Labor. This can be resisted though. Libraries, teach the children about fallacies that brought the right wing into power. Not to mention a little vitamin W. Teach kids to to ask who? Where? What? When? And every authoritarian's worst nightmare... Why? (So don't be upset if your own kids ask you why) Be a thorn in the side of those with power and teach kids to do the same.
It's OK to complain - We need to adopt an attitude that it's OK to complain about things, to tell authority figures they are doing something wrong, to find flaws in their thinking, to find problems, to find errors or to find things that make things unsafe or harmful. Adopt an attitude that it's not OK to live in an unsafe world, with contradictions, or with double standards. Find an authority figure, complain to them, if someone else has a similar complaint, don't say "well the previous person already said X", you agree with that person and restate the complaint in your own words. Call up legislators and complain to them. Complain at Town Halls. Complain to other people about what the government is doing. Complain to the media. Complain to the people who run health insurance companies. Complain to the boards of corporations. Note contradictions, note holes in records, ask when the timetable on something is going to be. Complain. Complain. Complain.
It's OK to lie - That's right, now don't lie just to lie, but I think we need to start saying it's OK to lie to people who don't already value the truth, your life, or your time. It's OK to lie to white supremacists. It's OK to lie to lie to right wing evangelicals. It's OK to lie to rape apologists. It's OK to lie to people to people who say your life matters less than a confederate flag. Thing is, I hang out with liberal Muslims and I see right wingers and trolls throw 'taqiyya' around a lot, the thing where Muslims can lie if their lives are in danger. But even if so, I think it would be right to lie though... all of our lives are in danger. But because they think ANYTHING a Muslim says is automatically 'taqiyya', they look like fools after a very short time and the way they talk about it, they even write like they are exhausted. It's because paranoia is mentally expensive. And if we're always lying to them, it will make them paranoid, make them expend mental resources.
Respect is earned - No authority figure deserves your respect or your children's respect just because they are in a position or because they have a nice last name. Franklin Graham is a nutjob, he doesn't deserve respect just because he is related to Billy Graham. Teach kids respect can be earned or taken away, make figures work for it. On that note, what is the "Office of the President" doing to earn your respect?
Unity - Now this isn't about hugging a Trump supporter, I'm not going to say that. But we're cheapened collectively when we are broken and we're cheaper when the poor white man is pitted against the poor black man. Make sure your circle of loved ones includes people from different colors, of different religions, of different genders, of different sexual orientations, etc.
Value - Teach kids lives have value. Every life matters, that black lives matter, GLBTQ lives matter, no matter who they are teach them their lives matter more than money or how the Dow Jones is doing.
Vote - Vote early, vote often, and take your kids with you to vote.
And I'm sure there are other ways too, let's start being expensive. Let's make our kids expensive.
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