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When You Fully Realize How Complicit The GOP Is With Trump And His Fascism

Admittedly, I have probably watched way too many movies over the course of my life, especially my earlier years.  Many of them, over and over to the point where I had scenes, shots and lines memorized verbatim.

Whenever I have a moment of realization, the scene in Pulp Fiction where Bruce Willis’ character (Butch Coolidge) meets John Travolta (as Vincent Vega) in a bar always comes to mind.  His expression is perfect, and it’s a great panning shot that really emphasizes a sense of realization for the character.

So I always think of this shot when it occurs to me how deeply complicit the Republican party is with Trump, his fascism, and the many possible connections he has with Russia, and all that they may entail.  Whether or not Trump bears any consequences for colluding with Russia depends more on how many people help him, how many do nothing, and how many let him slide, than on whether he actually is guilty of something or not, in my opinion.  There is way too much smoke there, for the situation to be free of wrongdoing.

The most recent example that points to a GOP cover up is the vote on Tuesday of the House Judiciary Committee to keep information on Trump’s possible ties to Russia, as well as potential ethics violations, a secret.  Every chance they get, Republicans continue to place party before country, even when the implications of the Trump presidency involving Russia are massive.

A George Carlin Breakdown Of The Modern-Day Republican Party

I was watching this classic bit from the late, great George Carlin the other day and it dawned on me that he’s basically describing the modern-day Republican party.

I have long maintained that if you’re not a very wealthy person and still vote GOP, you are a fool.  But the party and its supporters, under the Trump administration, are also taking blatant hypocrisy to a whole new level.  For example, whining about “unprecedented obstruction” after they did the same thing for 8 years under Obama.  They break the full-of-shit meter constantly.

Add to that the religious fanatics and supposed “Christians” who are just fine and dandy with a man like Trump in the White House, and you have the modern-day GOP.

Democrats Need To Stop Finger-Pointing About Hillary’s Loss

Like millions of Americans who have been crestfallen by President-Elect Pussy-Grabber’s election win last month, I have done a lot of reflecting about what the hell exactly happened over the past 20 or so months that led to the travesty of the United States electing the worst presidential candidate in modern history, and probably ever, to the highest office in the land.

As with most other things, I don’t think the answer is any one thing.  But for me, it boils down to an American society filled with misinformed and willfully ignorant people, that were okay with racism, xenophobia, misogyny and a general lack of decency, as long as it offered catharsis for their anger over losing ground in the American culture wars during the last few decades and returning to an era of heterosexual white male patriarchal dominance, especially in a symbolic sense.  This is why Trump is seemingly invulnerable to the normal trappings which would have doomed any other presidential candidate.  Trump’s supporters didn’t care so much about what Trump did, but more what he stood for in their eyes.  And this is why I think that, even as Trump breaks more and more campaign promises, he will still have his cult of followers standing by him.

On social media I have seen a lot of angry Hillary supporters pointing the finger for her loss since November 8th.  One of the targets has been the mainstream broadcast media, which has been faulted for normalizing Trump’s bigotry and glossing over the many glaring and legitimate reasons he should not be president.  While I ultimately fault voters for their bad decisions, I do think there is validity to the frustration that many people felt with the reporting done by news outlets like CNN and the other major networks.  Like many other people, I think members of the media simply didn’t take Trump seriously as a candidate, and this was reflected in their coverage.  They got caught up in the clown show, which was good for ratings, and forgot to treat Trump as a legitimate, fascistic threat to our society and democracy.

Another target of liberal ire has been Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  There are many Democrats who think that the issues Bernie raised while he campaigned against Hillary, such as her ties to Wall Street, did lasting damage to how voters perceived her, even though he ultimately did support Clinton.  I think this is really unfair, and fails to see the reality that many voters already believed the negative perceptions that they had about Hillary, due to years of attacks put out by the likes of right-wing propaganda pushers such as Fox News, and would have thought the same way even if Bernie had never campaigned against her.  This is compounded, no doubt, by deep-rooted sexist double standards about how American society views and receives women in high-power positions of authority.  And it didn’t help that broadcast media offered such a disproportionate amount of coverage about Hillary’s “damn emails.”

It is important to note that, even though I fervently supported Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump, she was far from my ideal candidate, and wasn’t my first choice.  I wanted Bernie to get the nomination.  Alas, that didn’t happen, I accepted it, and when it came down to Hillary against Mr. Sexual-Assault-Is-Okay-If-You’re-A-Celebrity, the choice was clear as day for me.  I don’t like to play hindsight guessing games or dwell on “coulda, woulda, shoulda” scenarios, but I do think Bernie would have fared better against Trump, and sometimes I even wish Senator Elizabeth Warren had been in the race.

One soundbite from Warren comes to mind as a symbol of why Hillary was flawed as a candidate, or at least how she might have fared better against political “outsider” Trump.  When the Wells Fargo fake-accounts scandal broke earlier this year, Elizabeth Warren laid into their CEO and others of high rank there, highlighting the hypocrisy of low-level employees losing their jobs because of the scandal, while high-ranking executives got off with few consequences.  As she tore into Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, she displayed a fire and fighting spirit on behalf of working and middle-class Americans that I think was sorely lacking with Hillary Clinton in the minds of voters.  Compare that clip of Warren to Hillary proclaiming during one of the debates that she would have the big banks “cut it out” when it came to behavior and policies that led to the economic crisis of 2008.  There’s just no comparison.  Senator Warren and Sanders both frequently demonstrate that they have the gusto and “oomph” that I think many voters are looking for as they deal with the (justified) perception that the economic system is rigged in the favor of big banks and corporations.  This is something that I think would have really helped Hillary, but too often, she came off as somewhat robotic and as if she was offering up canned responses that she or her handlers thought voters wanted to hear, rather than passion coming from the heart.

I think Democrats need to stop finger-pointing and focusing on who or what to blame for Hillary’s loss, and instead should start placing their energies into how to morph and solidify the Democratic party into what it should have been all along, but which I think has been lost in recent years – a progressive party that will fight for American workers and stop being so influenced by big corporate money and donors.  Now that the disaster of a Trump presidency is upon us, progressive Americans need the Democratic party more than ever to step up and fight the inevitable Trump/GOP agenda of privatization and their overall threat to programs which help average Americans, women, people of color, the disabled and others who need someone in their corner in the fight against the corporate control and oligarchy that has come to threaten and degrade many Americans’ faith in the “American Dream.”

Now is your chance, Democrats.

#Resist

 

Hillary Clinton photo credit: By lorie shaull (source) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

For Eric Casebolt, A Resignation Is Not Enough

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It was announced earlier today that (now former) Texas police officer Eric Casebolt, a.k.a. “Starsky” or the next incarnation of “Paul Blart,” has resigned from the police force, after video was posted online showing him throw a bikini-clad teenage girl to the ground and later pull his gun on other unarmed youths.  In case you missed it, said video is below:

The fact that America’s most currently famous barrel-roller was allowed to voluntarily resign, and was not fired for his conduct, points to the ongoing reality that police officers in this country are routinely not held accountable for their misconduct.

And, misconduct it was.  If you watch the video, you will see that Casebolt not only arrives at the scene in an amped-up, overly aggressive manner, but that he also continues to escalate the situation and curse at the kids, even while they stand idly by, not provoking anyone.  The girl he ended up grabbing and throwing to the ground appears to actually have been leaving when he goes over to her and brings her back, because apparently in his world, young black girls aren’t allowed to express discontent with an over-zealous cop who thinks he’s acting out a real-life “Grand Theft Auto” mission.

Nope, resignation is not enough for Casebolt.  He should have been fired, which would have had more severe real-life consequences for his lack of professionalism and outright brutality.  By resigning, he is more likely to be able to get a job with another police force, and most likely keeps his pension.  Let’s be real here.  Anybody else working in the private sector would have received a much harsher punishment for this kind of behavior.  And there should be criminal charges brought against him.  While it probably wouldn’t result in much of a conviction or sentence, it would send a message that this kind of thing is unacceptable and unbecoming of the police forces that taxpayers foot the bill for.  Even if a lawsuit ends up being filed in this case, it is the taxpayer who will pay up, not Casebolt.

As it is now, Casebolt will be free to move on in life without much in terms of repercussions for manhandling a young girl and basically endangering the lives of everyone in his immediate surroundings.  I think if “Paul Blart 3” ends up getting made, he has made a pretty strong case for a leading role.