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17. And yet, we see overt racism is alive and well, institutional racism is worse than ever,
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:30 AM
Sep 2021

the holy-rollers in TX have essentially banned abortions, and other Republican states are getting on that bandwagon. Indeed, some Christians are called dominionists and intend to make this country a theocracy, and voter suppression measures are being put in place, or have been, that are specially designed to make harder for people of color to vote.

We had a bunch of treasonous Trumpies storm the Capitol on January 6, terrorized Congress members and staff, and smeared feces on the walls. There are still maybe 14 or 15 million of us that believe in Jewish space lasers, underground pedophile pizza, and that you can take horse dewormer or inhale peroxide with a nebulizer instead of getting a free, easily available vaccine. Because, hey, they are afraid of microchips in the vaccine, courtesy of Bill Gates.

And let's not forget the schools. We have a black high school principal whose contract was not renewed because he had the temerity to post pictures of himself and his white wife on Facebook, and a bunch of Kluxers and neo-nazis - very good people, Trump called them! - who are going into school curriculums to get rid of what they call 'critical race theory' and the rest of us call truth. Because we surely wouldn't want our kids to know about slavery, genocide and conquest - the three pillars of this Republic!

Republicans in the Senate are digging in and trying to prevent Democrats from passing the entirety of Biden's infrastructure bill, and even some so-called 'moderate' Dems are holding up a needed expansion of Medicare. McConnell's power strategy against Obama was to hold up everything, don't do anything, then sit back and blame the Democrats for doing nothing and it worked. They are doing that again now.

All this against the backdrop of the last ditch effort by big oil to delay any effort toward mitigating climate change, and we are well on the way to making this planet uninhabitable with our primacy of the shareholder supply-side capitalism.

This is the only country in the world that has crummy, rationed healthcare with financially crippling copays, healthcare debt, and healthcare bankruptcies. We can throw $1.8 trillion at a forever war, and strip over $3 trillion from our treasury through feckless tax cuts (2017), but we cannot afford universal healthcare that is not tied to employment. Some people on here will even tell you that.

But, hey, this vocal minority of Trumpie Qs sure has 'owned us libs.' Yep, they surely have.

I get that you love this Republic. So do I. But when I see someone say 'this is exactly how we are,' I have to concede this is true as we stand now. But, with you, I believe that if we get rid of the party of lies, obstruction, treason, and death, and put sane people in office, we could become a real light on the hill. Everything our founders wanted this Republic to become and more. We could. We have to stop talking about politics and start talking about good policy. AOC, Katie Porter, and Elizabeth Warren do this. Every day. The policies they advocate would materially help Americans and their families.

As an economist, that is exactly what I tell people. Policies affect you. Deregulation affects you. Tax cuts for the rich affect you. Health insurance lobbies affect you. In fact we can expand that and call it corporate corruption. It affects us every day.

Question is, will we be wise enough as a people to grow up in the way we must to save this republic and the world?

Indeed! We love to say "We just don't do that here!"... Wounded Bear Sep 2021 #1
The pandemic emergency has revealed our national character. Irish_Dem Sep 2021 #2
Good, bad, ugly & willfully ignorant! Dustlawyer Sep 2021 #18
Recommended. H2O Man Sep 2021 #3
Why the forgetting that a majority of Americans are much better? Hortensis Sep 2021 #4
Less than half the eligible voters vote leftstreet Sep 2021 #5
Not voting doesn't get them off the hook. Salviati Sep 2021 #15
C O R R E C T ! Cosmocat Sep 2021 #25
Roughly the same proportions as in revolutionary times. Hortensis Sep 2021 #34
Yes ugly and loud too. Just because the ugly loud people get the press... LakeArenal Sep 2021 #6
My negative imaginings must be related to the fact that I live in Texas Horse with no Name Sep 2021 #7
But our institutions allow that loud minority to control the country Freddie Sep 2021 #8
You hit the nail on the head Mysterian Sep 2021 #11
RW forces of evil, and I believe that's a valid decription, have been Hortensis Sep 2021 #16
This☝️ I_UndergroundPanther Sep 2021 #23
This message was self-deleted by its author Rebl2 Sep 2021 #19
:) Oh brother? Stand back and look beyond this "the sky already fell" Hortensis Sep 2021 #24
And yet, we see overt racism is alive and well, institutional racism is worse than ever, PatrickforB Sep 2021 #17
:) How does an economist measure every glass as dirty and Hortensis Sep 2021 #28
I have a really good job and have worked there for over 30 years. PatrickforB Sep 2021 #38
Well, I guess it explains your attitude. I'm sorry you've been Hortensis Sep 2021 #39
Yeah, I hear that. I really felt sorry for Hillary in the early 90s. PatrickforB Sep 2021 #40
And then I get...quietly enraged. I try to be realistic, Patrick, to accept that Hortensis Sep 2021 #42
americans just need to stop ignoring 1500 coordinated radio stations certainot Sep 2021 #33
i agree. ignoring talk radio continues to be the biggest political mistake in history. much of certainot Sep 2021 #30
"You are what your record says you are." - Bill Parcells Grins Sep 2021 #9
Depends on who or what constitutes "we as a nation." Ocelot II Sep 2021 #10
+1000 paleotn Sep 2021 #22
"Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources." pecosbob Sep 2021 #12
Well, maybe. We can certainly hope for that before these Dem assholes run out of time. calimary Sep 2021 #35
It makes me gag as does "only in America" nonsense grantcart Sep 2021 #13
See also: "Those aren't Christians" nt Gore1FL Sep 2021 #14
Who are "we" anyway? In reality, we're a conglomeration of different peoples.... paleotn Sep 2021 #20
It's who we have, in many ways, become dlk Sep 2021 #21
It is, as Stephen King might put it, the dark half peppertree Sep 2021 #26
Amusing? How about frustrating and nauseating? dchill Sep 2021 #27
I've stopped being amused by those statements. halfulglas Sep 2021 #29
It bugs me a bit too, but I guess you have to think of it as an aspirational declaration... Silent3 Sep 2021 #31
Beyonce PSPS Sep 2021 #32
Death cult, war profiteering, seditionist, science denying, racist hillbilly, predatory insurance traitorsgalore Sep 2021 #36
We are better than that some say pwb Sep 2021 #37
This nation was built on slavery and genocide. KentuckyWoman Sep 2021 #41
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