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contest between democracy and fascism

A priori: the Republican is the party of dirty tricks, and "hardball".
For comparative scholars, it is obvious that the Republican Party in the United States is a fascist party.

The Democrats do not want to state the obvious. Money does not have a distaste for fascism. Perhaps, a plurality of votes wins elections. There is a segment of the population, whose support you will never receive; it is foolhardy, nay, it is stupid to consider and court them. Hillary Clinton was clear, and correct, about the deplorables.

e.g. Unfortunately, Ohio is a Republican controlled state, with a smallish majority of Repuke voters. Tim Ryan is running for US senator against JD Vance (or what ever alias he is currently using). Ryan is courting the deplorables in advertisements, noting where he has agreed with Trump, and speaking of the mistakes of Democrats (and those were when some Democrats went along with Republicans). He also, in another commercial smartly went after Vance with the words of Vance.

January 6th 2021 was the date of a failed putsch. Many Republican officeholders were part of it. Such membership is an act of treason. Other Repukes, who were not active in the sedition and treachery, are fine with it. A minuscule number are against it.

Republicans often, and easily, without hesitation or qualms smear Democrats with what Bill Barr would call "bullshit". Democrats ought to refer everywhere to the Republican Party as the the party of Fascism and Treason. To quote Albert Camus, "One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.".

Before, the Democrats would refer to their party as "the Democracy". It was stupid to have stopped. In this country, we are engaged in a contest between democracy and fascism. This should be said frequently, and then again.
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Thu Jun 16, 2022, 11:15 AM (0 replies)

Jim Jordan's name comes up during Statehouse testimony on OSU abuse victims bill

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...Adam DiSabato, a former captain of the OSU wrestling team during the late 80s and early 90s, told members of the House Civil Justice Committee that Jordan and other team officials knew about open-shower team facilities that facilitated sexual harassment and abuse of team wrestlers..."

“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there,” he said.

“Are you guys going to do what you’re voted to do?” he told lawmakers later. “That’s the only reason I’m here.”...

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/open/2020/02/jim-jordans-name-comes-up-during-statehouse-testimony-on-osu-abuse-victims-bill.html

Gym Jordan is a sniveling Hastert
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Wed Feb 12, 2020, 01:37 AM (13 replies)

the Resistance

I have seen on twitter, Caligula jr. comment that Romney has joined the Resistance. I have seen that some Republican congressman have complained of townhalls having members of the Resistance there. I have not seen journalists, and teevee use the term, Those of us familiar with history, remember the usual reference to "the Resistance" was in Nazi occupied France. Patriotic Frenchmen worked against the occupation, and fascists. These Republicans do not appreciate how they are self-identifying.
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Sat Feb 8, 2020, 02:16 PM (1 replies)


[Just saw a note saying Orange Caligula wants to give some monster an award; i wrote this earlier to-day, and wish to vent to here]

„Freude! Freude!”, Beethoven's words before he brings on Schiller's,‘Ode to Joy’. The Germans gave us the word, ‘Schadenfreude’; the glee in the suffering of another. Sometimes this is cruelty, or envy; other times it is karmic justice, «what goes around, comes around.» I remember hearing, and reading, old men saying i want to live long enough to see my enemies die; or wishing that their enemies suffer greatly

Paul in his Epistle to the Galatians wrote, «Be not deceived, God is not mocked. For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting. And in doing good, let us not fail. For in due time we shall reap, not failing.»

The Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus wrote, «This I hold to be the chief office of history, to rescue virtuous actions from the oblivion to which a want of records would consign them, and that men should feel a dread of being considered infamous in the opinions of posterity, from their depraved expressions and base actions.»

Here in America, for a long generation, we have had a coalition of evil men poison the nation. They have poisoned it by the worship and pursuit of mammon. They have poisoned the nation politically, and socially. They have poisoned the world physically, and the people in it.

Yesterday, news came that lung cancer has Rush Limbaugh — Karma struck. He was the first radio mouthfoamer, and from that foamy spew more scum grew. That scum poisoned the nation, it was on top of the swamps. That poisoned Petri dish allowed Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump to gain political prominence. The poison was part hate, but mostly lies, lies in all formations.

From his filthy lungs, fœtid wind hit the airwaves poisoning America. He attacked science, like cigarette lawyers did about smoking not causing lung cancer. He mocked the genocide American Indians endured, by equating the deaths caused by the tobacco they gave to society. He did this while sucking on phallic cigars. O, the poetic irony, the karma of lung cancer.

Limbaugh mocked and rejoiced over others' maladies, diseases, cancers, and deaths. The ugly buzzards have come home to roost, and feed over his bloated carcass. Now, there are many on the ‘left’ , and those with tender spiritual, and religious, and moral scruples that in this moment say, ‘nothing ill’. But remember, acknowledge what he said of others.

Cancer is horrible and painful. He should not rush off and die, but savor the exquisite pain as long as possible, including the use of every technical and medical procedure and device. Since he believes that medical care is not a right, but a purchase, let him choose to spend his money.
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 10:25 PM (3 replies)

inquiry question: Lincoln

For those of you that had elementary and/or secondary education in the southern states, how was Abraham Lincoln presented?
Secondary question: since the major political party in the South is the Republican Party, how does that party there present President Lincoln?
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 02:26 PM (8 replies)

Rome affirms parishioners, and circumscribes US bishops


...Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy, in a recent ruling on an appeal by St. Ann parishioners, has made it clear that repairs of up to $12 million are not a good enough reason for the building to be demolished or converted into something other than a Catholic church.

...So why have hundreds, if not thousands, of Catholic churches, including several dozen in Western New York, been allowed to close during the past few decades?

Simply put, it’s because bishops were not challenged on their decisions, and if they were, the people making the challenges did not follow procedural requirements as spelled out in canon law.

“The people had no clue they could take recourse,” Kuenstler said. “Bishops were not telling them about it.”

In Europe, Catholic churches may not get used to the extent they once were, but they’re almost never completely shut down or demolished, and it’s only within the past 30 years in the United States that bishops have moved to close many churches....
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Mon Feb 10, 2014, 04:17 PM (1 replies)

definition of terms: ultra

Many describe the Republican Party as composed of two large subgroups. Often a term that is used is "moderate". This is cloudy and inaccurate. If we start that they are all 'conservative', and the distinction is really that of degree, and the "ultra-conservatives". The press, and the public shy away from saying "extremist"; and there is more than one type of extremist in their ranks.

'Ultra' and 'ultras' have been used in other political and historical contexts elsewhere. I propose that the distinction is to be made between conservative Republicans, and ultra-conservatives Republicans; and relegate the term "moderate Republican" to join the terms "liberal Republican", and "progressive Republican" to the historical past. They have no present currency other than obfuscation.

Posted by rustbeltvoice | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 10:34 AM (1 replies)

In this corner, the boy genius of the Republican Party

"The guy is from Argentina, they haven't had real capitalism in Argentina. They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don't have a true free enterprise system." — Congressman Paul Ryan, boy genius of the Republican Party quoted in an hour long interview with reporters and editors of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The article was mostly concerned with a casino. He also told them he wants to chair the House Ways and Means Committee. He has not made a decision to run for the presidency, and is waiting until after the November election to say.

Yes, i remember the Vice-President, Joseph Biden, in October 2012 making Ryan cringe. Ryan could only comfort himself by drinking water. Joseph Biden did what Barack Obama did not do. He challenged nearly every lie that his opponent uttered. He made Ryan uncomfortable. He showed the Republican his hypocrisy.

A season earlier, Sister Simone Campbell, of the social justice 'lobby' NETWORK, argued for a 'Faithful Budget'. She and a group of Catholic sisters travelled across the Mississippi to the Potomac (Nuns on the Bus), across the rustbelt to the citadel of government. The journey started at Des Moines, Iowa on June 18th, and they continued to the nation's capital. On the second day, there was a stop at Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville is the home of the Republican budget guru, Rep. Paul Ryan.

Now, Biden, Campbell, and the guy from Argentina are co-religionists of Paul Ryan, supposedly. He can not defeat them in an argument, or in sincerity. Ryan is a propagandist whose philosophy comes from Ayn Rand, whom he made his staff read. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount discourse is a few sentences. Dropping Rand on your foot, would make it smart. Reading Rand has a contrary effect.

"Ayn Rand, more than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism. And this to me is what matters the most: it is not enough to say that President Obama’s taxes are too big or that the health care plan does not work, or this or that policy reason. It is the morality of what is occurring right now; and how it offends the morality of individuals working for their own free will, to produce, to achieve, to succeed that is under attack."
— Congressman Paul Ryan
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:46 PM (14 replies)

Yeah, good question.

I read through thirty responses on this thread. And maybe there is not one answer alone.

Several people have suggested in their own parlance, that they hate the "other", and several have included non-Christians as a constituent of the other. Sometimes this is true, but sometimes the Christian is a constituent of that other. Ayn Rand was never a Christian, and became a selfish atheist. Ayn Rand is considered a "Conservative" heroine. O, and by the way the worst writer in the English language. She is wretched in fifty pages, yet she puts a thousand in a book, and it still sells now.

Many of these hate filled conservatives profess to be Christians. Some are liars on that subject too, others are pharasaic, hypocritical Christians. But yes, that hypocrisy is a more salient characteristic; for it is not only in the religious sphere of morality, in which one shows hypocrisy. We have those who call for thrift, and spend lavishly on themselves. We have those who call for war, and made sure they never went. The listing of self contradiction in word compared to deed is quite long.

There is a meanness, it is very evident and palpable. I see where fear would explain some of it, i also see egotism, selfishness, mental aberration. I would suggest that the mean spirit is of an hateful nature; and to speak in theological terms, hate is like evil (or hate is an evil), and evil can be defined by the absence of love.

Posted by rustbeltvoice | Thu Dec 19, 2013, 03:38 AM (4 replies)

times change, but not really

To quote Tony Bennett, the singer:

"I grew up during the Depression and I have stayed a Democrat my whole life. My dad died when I was very young and my mother had to raise three children. She was a seamstress. She worked for a penny a dress. I could not believe the way the Hoover administration left everybody so stranded. I have never gotten over that. I know times change, but not really. I am against super greed."

The resiliency of the Republican Party just beggars belief. After 1929, they should never have outperformed the Democracy. Roosevelt and the New Deal saved the country. The US was a victor in WWII. What have the Republicans done other than resent the success of the Democracy? Then a generation later, Nixon and Watergate should have soured the country on Republicans again. Reagan was successful in a gathering of a great repeal of what FDR, Truman, JFK, LBJ and the rest had achieved. Reagan was a fortunate blunderer, and was a hero to half the country. He was a disaster, and the progenitor of the great increased disparity we suffer from. bush jr is a complete disaster and usurped power for eight years, with the evil and repellant cheney next to him. Yet, the beast survives. Explain to me how? They get progressively, and continuously worse.

I have thought that this teabagger element would be fatal to the beast. How can ignorant goons succeed? That after 2016 there would not be a single effective party comparable to the size of the Democracy. Either the Republican party would transform, or there would be a splintering into separate entities.
nota bene: I am using older terminology, "the Democracy" is a synonym for the Democratic Party. It is a usage, which should be made common again.
Posted by rustbeltvoice | Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:26 AM (0 replies)
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