Sunday, May 21, 2017
The Fuckery that Lies Beneath
That said, I'm pretty sure the FBI has him dead to rights and we should let Robert Mueller and the rest of federal law enforcement (all of whom fucking hate Trump) do their work. They don't need us sharing the same story eleventy million times to encourage them to continue their investigation. I am reasonably confident they're going to do everything they can to get the bastard.
As they do their work, I would encourage my fellow libtards to pay close attention to the fuckery that lies beneath. Congressional GOoP-ers aren't ignoring Trump because they're afraid of him. They're letting him suck up all the airspace while they enact some truly horrible shit that will take decades to undo. So I'm gonna mention three here and hope that you share stories about these, tweet about these and, mostly, CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT THESE.
Fuckery the First:
The GOP plan is to shoot the ACA in the gut and then complain about all the blood on the carpet. Paul Ryan and his cronies do not believe that the government should have anything to do with healthcare. They believe the free market should handle it, free from constraint. And they know that this won't win them any votes because dying of treatable illness because you're not a millionaire doesn't play well with anyone except BCBS shareholders. So they're being slimy little snakes about it hoping that you won't notice. Notice. Keep an eye on this shit and, if I haven't mentioned it enough, CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.
Fuckery the Second:
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (that name is so stupid) doesn't believe that the racism inherent in our incarceration system is a bug. For him, it's a feature. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions would like to reinstate mandatory minimums because he is a racist and also because he believes that it's totally cool to make money off filling up prisons, so long as you're filling them up with black and brown people. Mandatory minimums are cruel and ineffective and, as our president* might say, everyone knows it (in case you don't want to click on that link, that's an article about how the motherflipping KOCH BROTHERS are opposed to them). CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and tell him or her that you're very concerned about this.
Fuckery the Third:
Much like how Jefferson Beauregard Sessions (seriously, that name) believes that it's totes cool to get rich off locking people up, Betsy Devos is all for making a mint off not educating kids by starving public education and offering for-profit "choice" (I hope those quote marks are coming off as sarcastically as they're intended). Devos plans to slash the education budget by over 10 billion dollars, and then funnel that money into "school choice." Why am I being so sarcastic about "choice"? Firstly because I've had a kid in public schools for 11 years now and have seen (unlike Betsy Fucking Devos) firsthand how hard they work and how little governmental support they're offered. And secondly, because it's such an obvious racket! If a kid in Englewood isn't "gifted" enough for whatever "choice" Devos imagines she's offering, that kid is stuck with an underfunded neighborhood school. In the meantime, wealthy white and middle-class kids will always be serviced, irrespective of how "gifted" they are or are not. This is as Devos, Sessions and big old chunk of white America believes as it should be. Of course, it all makes a kind of sick sense: if you don't spend any money on educating these kids, they'll be more likely to commit a crime and enrich a prison owner. Look, it's wrong and sick and evil and guess what I think you should do? CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and tell them you believe in quality public education for all children. (Also, you guys, Betsy Devos' brother is Eric Prince, who founded Blackwater because it's not just prisons and failing to educate all children you can profit off of. There's also war!)
Donald Trump is, in fact, existentially dangerous. He is also hard to look away from. But do not forget the fuckery that lies beneath. Pick up the phone. Do it every day. Call the people who represent you and let them know that you're paying attention and that you care because it really for true matters! Turn your back on Betsy Devos if she has the gall to speak at your school. Boo Jeff Sessions if you walk past him at the airport. Beleaguer the fuckers. They have earned it.
And while I'm bugging you: support real news. The Washington Post and The New York Times are doing the metaphorical lord's work. If you can afford to subscribe, do it.
And, come time to vote for Congress in 2018? DO IT YOU BASTARDS OR I WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND PUNCH YOU IN THE JIMMY! VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!
Much of what I write about here is stuff I've gleaned from the Crooked Media podcasts. Cannot recommend them enough for smart people talking about important things. Also Jon Lovett is a goddamn delight.
There's so plenty of fuckery out there. Keep your eyes on it as much of it as you can but don't, FTLOG, panic. That does no one any good.