For three years now we have been watching an American society turning itself into knots to alternately deal with, ignore, and rationalize a military-strength hatred directed at President Obama and the First Lady of the United States, and even their children. The home of much of that hatred, as if I need to state it, is the rightwing, the conservatives, the GOP/Republican party. Within that collective you will find the vast majority of the most extreme haters this country has ever known, racists, white supremacists, and the flat out mentally ill and delusional members of our society who look for targets they can vent their hatred upon. Being a white guy I have dealt with these individuals all my life. I have angered quite a few of them at times. I have watched them become angry at all manner of situations.
There is a full range of situations and topics that will drive any man to a rage. You know what they are. The top ones seem to be things that threaten us monetarily, socially, or sexually. I believe the mindless, animal rage we are witnessing with the conservative rightwingers in our country is directly related to that third one, sexuality, and it's not JUST a perceived threat to their own sexuality, it is another threat that you don't often hear about since the subject is taboo and only comes up for discussion in the most horrible of white enclaves and backward portions of our society. You see, for some of these white guys a sex target is being removed from their sights, and it will never be put back there. This sex target is the powerless black girl.
When slavery was in fashion these white guys would be perfectly at home on the plantation, getting drunk, and picking a black girl they owned for their attention at night. They can't do that anymore, but they remember it and tales have been passed down through generations. Parents teach their children how to think, and white men have told the stories over and over again of the good old days when women - particularly black women - were nothing but sex toys who could make you a sandwich afterwards. They wouldn't dare talk back, wouldn't dare get their family involved, because they knew that meant death - which you and your white friends could easily inflict. A glare of a white man was enough to send a black woman running in fear. In today's era that is no more. Today's black women are educated, they are full members of our society, they have power, and they have families that won't stand idly by when one is attacked and even worse there is a COURT SYSTEM that will see to it that laws are enforced. This has enraged the southern white mind in ways that most of us can thankfully not even begin to comprehend.
The "southern white male mind" is present all over the country of course. It betrays itself in an attitude marked by racist comments and actions, by simple-minded aggression and authoritarianism. Some may see it as a proud heritage of the white male or they may have been poisoned by their upbringing. But this is a broken mind. The gears have been stripped, the cylinder is out of fluid, the fuel is contaminated. The broken part of the mind tells them they HAVE to have things a certain way, that THAT is how life is, that is how LIFE WAS when "we" had "our country back", but our society continually indicates their desire is out of step with our civilization and becoming MORE and MORE out of step all the time.
Now we have a kind, gentle, intelligent First Lady who is black. She is the embodiment of all they hate and fear. Educated, sexy, successful, and a role model FOR THE FUTURE. In all regards she is a positive indicator and influence on our American society. She is adored all over the world. Black women will never, ever again be treated like animals and black families will never ever again be powerless. How could it get this way? How could white society have "allowed" this to happen? This is the burning question churning within the soiled brain pans of today's hate filled right wingers, especially those camped in the GOP tent. What can you tell people who think like that?
In truth, I don't care.
Sorry, old white men, but you won't be "taking your country back" to a time when you would chase lone black women down country roads so you can catch them and do whatever you like. And let's be clear. We are talking about your desire to RAPE them, sexually dominate them, even kill them, because you once had that power. Not anymore. The black girl-as-quarry is forever gone and will never return, and you will NOT be getting "your country back", ever. The logical part of the "southern white male mind" knows that this is true, and knows they can do nothing about it. The broken part just chugs along, hitting that snapped gear, sending pain through the organism, pain that manifests itself in different ways and all ultimately unhealthy. This is, I suspect, a major component in the white hot rage so many conservative Republicans demonstrate with concern to the Obamas. First they have the symbol of Mr. Obama, a successful black male who shows them that black men can be smarter and of more obvious worth than they can hope to be. That's enough to start the southern white mind a' hatin'....and then there's his wife. A black woman. Intelligent (uppity), able to speak and contribute (very uppity), sexy and a role model for other girls - BLACK girls especially. She intimidates the southern white male mind and does more for our American society than those crippled by that type of mind can ever hope to. By all measurements she is worth MORE to American society. They can't glare at her and send her running.
Conservative southern white males will NEVER be able to glare at a black girl again and send her running in panic and fear. The black woman as sex-quarry they can chase and destroy is forever gone to them. I suspect reasons like this are what truly drive the bare knuckled, seething hatred from our rightwing friends in the Republican party. And you know what? There are TONS of us white guys out here that are glad those times are over and never, ever want to see that country "come back".
When I think of WHACKJOB, an organization calling themselves the "Gun Owners of America" comes to mind (GOA).
The gun nuts of America are manipulated by very well paid and profitable industries. These industries have their own agenda of profit, and will say anything to press the FEAR button. I'm on their email list and I get their sad missives now and then, and it's always the same - they call Democrats "gun grabbers" and hold Republicans up as Saints of the Red, White and Blue. I'm so used to their childish scribblings that I barely bat an eye. But this latest one made me do a ROTFL attack. Here's the body of the email they sent me:
The beginning of the email contains the usual propaganda aimed at their half-wit audience:
A moderate-to-liberal gun control advocate (Chris Christie) won in New Jersey, while a die-hard pro-gun advocate (Ken Cuccinelli) barely lost in Virginia.
Cuccinelli lost a squeaker (48.0 to 45.5 percent), even though he was outspent 4-1 by his anti-gun Democrat opponent, Terry McAuliffe, who was able to blast $15 million more dollars into the state for advertising.
Gun-grabbing advocate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, also pumped in more than a million dollars into the race.
So how did the national GOP counter? Well, according to The Washington Times “The Republican National Committee spent six million dollars less this year than it did in 2009 [for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell]. Cuccinelli was outspent three to one during most of the campaign and as much as ten to one in the closing days.”
During the last two weeks of the race, the Cuccinelli ad campaign went “dark,” as they were unable to answer the vicious lies and attack ads that were filling the northern Virginia airwaves.
Conservatives in Virginia are furious. Says The Washington Post: “The election loss [in Virginia] reignited anger among conservative Republicans who believe that the party’s moderate wing ... had not backed up their candidate with money or support.”
Indeed, gun owners wonder if the additional $6 million -- that was spent on Bob McDonnell four years ago -- would have helped get an additional three percent of the vote for Cuccinelli..
Sadly, while Republicans were holding back in their support of their candidate, the Democrats were funding a third party candidate to take votes away from Cuccinelli..
Libertarian Robert Sarvis received immense help from an Obama-fundraiser, Joe Liemandt, who helped Sarvis get on the ballot.
--- Here comes the fun part, friends. Note their high-credibility source they are quoting. ---
According to a report in The Blaze on the day of the election, “A major Democratic Party benefactor and Obama campaign bundler helped pay for professional petition circulators responsible for getting Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert C. Sarvis on the ballot -- a move that could split conservative votes in a tight race.”.
This Obama benefactor was the BIGGEST contributor to the Libertarian Booster Pac, and the Sarvis candidacy had the desired result -- as Cuccinelli fell short of McAuliffe by less than three percent. (Sarvis took six percent of the vote.).
Why didn’t Republicans adopt the same strategy? If a Green candidate had drawn votes away from McAuliffe -- the way Sarvis did for Cuccinelli -- then it would be the Republican candidate who would be the governor-elect today..
Bottom line: It appears that the national GOP, by sitting on its collective hands, views the enemy to be conservatives and Tea Party activists. They would rather have a Clinton fundraiser like Terry McAuliffe be governor of Virginia, rather than an accomplished public servant who brilliantly articulates Republican goals..
This is truly a travesty. It’s important that gun rights supporters ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY contact the Republican National Committee and voice their displeasure. Otherwise, we’ll see these same types of sellouts occurring everywhere in 2014..
Please contact Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and let him know how disappointed you are that the national GOP would not get fully behind a solid, pro-gun conservative Republican. Tell him that he needs to quit if he’s not going to support real Republicans..
Next, the delusional kill-crazies insert a letter they want their 40watt followers to fire off to Reince Priebus. The salient points include "the anti-gun ObamaCare law", "You would rather have a Clinton bagman be governor of VA rather than an accomplished public servant who brilliantly articulates Republican goals" and "You are as useful as a bicycle for a fish." .
Hey, I'm a gun owner. I have never been in fear of any Democrat "gun-grabbing" (this is an old, old boogeyman), and labeling the ACA as a anti-gun law is the ultimate in gross stupidity, and shows how they view their mailing list - morons, imbeciles, Glenn Beck Fox News fans, and completely malleable.
If you know an old person who is on the GOA mailing list, you might want to talk to him about how truthfull "THE BLAZE" really is, the fact that Glenn Beck calls himself a rodeo clown who is only in it for the money, and how they are being manipulated againt their own interests by letters like this. It's the only AMERICAN thing to do.
No American watching our society of the past few years can fail to not notice what has been happening to the Republican party. Even the dullest most oblivious citizen, unless they have chosen to live in a virtual cave free of topical media exposure, is now waking and noticing the true character of American conservative Republicans. That character is frightful, mean spirited and it is a bully.
There are those of us who have noted it long ago, knowing the baby teeth Republicans displayed 30 years ago would give way to man- and woman-killing fangs one day. Left to develop on its own it may have taken another 10 years or so to reveal itself. The election of a Democratic president, a BLACK man (who isn't even liberal), brought them all out prematurely. Like scared animals, sensing their impending extinction as a world marches into the future without the need for their abusive methods and manners, they are lashing out and viciously....
There are those of us who have noted it long ago, knowing the baby teeth Republicans displayed 30 years ago would give way to man- and woman-killing fangs one day. Left to develop on its own it may have taken another 10 years or so to revel itself. The election of a Democrat president, a BLACK man (who isn't even liberal), brought them all out prematurely. Like scared animals, sensing their impending extinction as a world marches into the future without the need for their abusive methods and manners, they are lashing out and viciously attacking.
Let's face it. It's tough to attack a worthy opponent. For years Republicans where happy to attack the strawman Democrats and liberals they created, who allowed them to say anything awful without reacting - until lately. The new liberal is in town, created as an evolutionary adaptation to the constant abuse and attacks of conservatives. The new liberals use truth and logic and don't back down - they've learned they lose when they do. WE'VE learned. Because of that, the part of the GOP that wants to hurt, humiliate and scorn others have in turn evolved to be more wary of engaging Democrats and liberals on a fair footing. In an equal contest they always lose since truth, logic, and history, are the golden bullets in the liberals arsenal - when employed they win every argument. These new Republicans (really just old, pissed off Republicans who've had their favorite whipping boy removed) have acquired a new target. Today's poor - and there are a lot of them to attack.
When an economic machine works correctly there are few poor people and there are many ways the poor can elevate themselves. In such a society, the poor really have chosen their life style and tolerate it (such as it is). They may be lazy, mentally ill, or have problems abusing substances. There would be reasons like that, in the perfect economic machine driven society, that would create a class of poor and unemployed. There would also be mechanisms to help them "elevate" themselves.
In our society - which has had a broken economic machine since Ronald Reagan get his hands on it - we have lazy, mentally ill, and drug users in the ranks of the poor and unemployed and we also have many many others. Company lay offs, sending work overseas, changing technology, and unexpected illness top the reasons we have so many poor and unemployed in the USA, but there are many other reasons too. The first three reasons - lazy, crazy & dopey - are underwhelmingly present compared to the rest. Oh, we have them. Not too many, just the same as other countries would have I'm sure (maybe with the exception of Russia where they are drinking themselves to death). Any society will ALWAYS have them no matter what you do. We deal with them and we fix the problems - always have always will.
The poor and unemployed, being powerless more or less, are attractive targets for Republican "attention". It pleases many of today's conservatives and most Republicans to refer to them as "lazy drug users" as often as possible in order to float the untruth, to promote the unreality that exists between their ears. These people see the unemployed and poor as being there because of their personal defects, because they are unfit, they are bad, to be scorned and abused because they did it to themselves. (Strangely these same Republicans also promote their own "christianity" but that hypocrisy is meat for another article at another time.)
Conservative criminal Republicans are busy attacking the poor and unemployed now. MI, FL and other states have proposed and even put into action programs designed to humiliate the poor and the unemployed by demanding they submit to humiliating drug tests. (Any little winglers reading this with a smug smile had best research the actual results of such testing, how much it cost the state, and especially where the money went before they embarrass themselves in pubilc.)
Shame and humiliation are the favorite attacks of conservatives when they can can not reach their targets physically. Drug testing welfare recipients is a perfect way to humiliate someone and further set the label of "lazy drug users" upon a class of people, giving them "favorite status" as victims. Being poor they can't mount a lawsuit without raising funds are rallying for a cause. Being poor, most are too busy just trying to stay alive to think about fighting back. So they have little choice but to submit to the rightwing bullies.
This is true class warfare. It's being waged on the poor and economically disadvantaged, and the victims are millions of Americans who only want a place in a working economic machine. But we know that machine is broken, and conservative Republicans show nothing but reluctance when it comes to fixing it because it is working for that 1% who slide them stuffed envelopes of cash in the halls of congress in broad daylight.
Fight back. Vote Republicans out of office in 2014.
This is a list that keeps on growing. If you have more you'd like to add, or you see an error, please contact me so I can address the issue.
REPUBLICAN anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
REPUBLICAN County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
REPUBLICAN judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
REPUBLICAN activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor.
REPUBLICAN legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
REPUBLICAN Mayor Philip Giordano is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8 and 10 year old girls.
REPUBLICAN campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond had sex with a 15-year old girl which produced a child.
REPUBLICAN pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
REPUBLICAN legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.
REPUBLICAN activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980's.
REPUBLICAN lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
REPUBLICAN Congressman Donald "Buz" Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail.
REPUBLICAN fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty on charges of child porn and paying teenage girls to pose for sexual photos.
REPUBLICAN activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes against children.
REPUBLICAN activist Randal David Ankeney pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child.
REPUBLICAN Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
REPUBLICAN activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter.
REPUBLICAN governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly had sex with a 16 year old girl when he almost 30 years old.
REPUBLICAN congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
REPUBLICAN Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
REPUBLICAN activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. "Republican Marty"), was taken into custody by Florida police on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
REPUBLICAN legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
REPUBLICAN Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
REPUBLICAN preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
REPUBLICAN talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
REPUBLICAN anti-gay activist Earl "Butch" Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
REPUBLICAN Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
REPUBLICAN election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
REPUBLICAN politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
REPUBLICAN activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
REPUBLICAN activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
REPUBLICAN candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.
REPUBLICAN Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.
REPUBLICAN County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
REPUBLICAN City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
REPUBLICANRepublican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
REPUBLICANRepublican parole board officer and former Colorado state Representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
REPUBLICAN strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
REPUBLICAN city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a "good military man" and "church goer," was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
REPUBLICAN businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
REPUBLICAN director of the "Young Republican Federation" Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
REPUBLICAN benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A. Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.