Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Party of NO, Don't Care (Whether You Live or Die)

I came across this essay on Facebook... It is so noteworthy I decided to include it on one of my blogs. Please read it and learn about what we, who critically think, have suspected all along about the Party of No (republican) and all their supporters. thinkingblue
They/ Don’t/ Care.
By: KAREN HAAKENSON-KAHAN•SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2017
Okay. I’m seeing a whole lot of very nice people agonizing over what the GOP and Trump are doing, and trying to appeal rationally to others about how wrong it is. Especially now that the Big White-Guy Privilege Machine is starting to warm up in all its antisocial racist anti-LGBTQ feudal misogynist anti-secular glory. So I think something needs pointing out before anyone else attempts to engage Trump supporters in rational discussion about the issues being perpetrated by their politicians. That thing is this: They. Don’t. Care.
Trump, the GOP, the supporters: They. Don’t. Care.
They. Don't. Care.
It's unconstitutional? They don't care.
It's unethical? They don't care. It’s going to leave a shit-ton of women without access to affordable, crucial, preventive testing and women’s healthcare? They. Don’t. Care. It’s going to leave millions of citizens without legal protection--at work, at the ER, at home, walking down the street? They. Don’t. Care.
It's going to leave a huge number of American taxpaying citizens without *any* healthcare? They don't care. It’s going to completely bankrupt the Middle Class? They don't care. It's going to burn down and salt the earth of what was once a good education system? They don't care. It’s going to leave the next generation with a raped and denuded country, and no ability to work competitively with the rest of the world for... anything?
They don't care.
It's going to legislatively endorse open discrimination in practice and theory against many groups of marginalized citizens? They don't care.
It directly contradicts what they said when they were campaigning? They don't care.
Russia worked to influence the legitimacy of this election? They don't care.
The national and international comparisons of Trump to Hitler are flying faster and thicker around us? They don't care. We’ve been put on the map as the country currently under the most unstable impending leadership in our history? They don't care.
It is absolutely corrupt? It is. But they don't care.
And by "they," I mean the political figures *AND* the voters who put them there. Because what we’re seeing the birth of right now? *This* is *exactly* what those folks were after.
If they cared about *any* of those arguments, any well-thought-out explanations for why it is reprehensible and literally or morally wrong, our concerns for the youth of this country, our concern for our standing in the world, any of the protests, any of the open rage or disappointment or rebellion or disapproval, Donald Trump would not be our president, and the rest of his merry band of rich-frat-boy Christian Sharia neo-nazis would not control all of the branches of our government in the first place.
This is what they worked for; what they wanted as a result. This is the monument to the triumph they built. And they don't give a fuck about what any of us think about it now that it's theirs. They’re sometimes willing to listen a while to what we have to say, but only so they can use our discourse as a way to insert “Libtard” and, “Get over it,” into the conversation as often as possible. They love this shit. They hope this shit goes on forever. Seriously. This is the world they wanted all along.
That's the truth. I found the truth important, myself, because it got a lot easier to disagree, draw my own lines in the sand, when I no longer felt a need to explain our points of view and serve as one of millions of completely ignored canaries in the coal mine. Because they really don't care. And that makes it okay for me to change the paradigm I’m going to live with now. It’s freeing, actually. We can disagree simply because we disagree, instead of disagreeing because the research no one is going to look at or give any validation whatsoever shows our point. We can skip addressing any of them at all, and spend that saved energy volunteering at a community table or something, where we are among people who aren’t actively trying to pervert everything that made us proud to be American people. We can stop trying to save people who want the sort of country whose leaders shamelessly, smugly, vengefully, actively work against the majority of the taxpayers who pay them for "representation." We can give up giving a shit about people who have expressed their disdain for us, and be loyal to those who deserve our loyalty rather than demand, and then denigrate, it. Because they're going to do exactly what they've been dying to do all along, and until an avenue--a legitimate avenue--to take meaningful action head-on against it appears, we’re all going along for this ride together.
That's a grim thought, yes. But all indications thus far are bearing it out pretty clearly. This is a country divided in a way, already, that commentators on international news outlets are referring to as a Cold Civil War. We aren’t going to change that with our respectful forbearance, and fairplay debate skills. They. Don’t. Care.
So calling it by name is pretty freeing. Reality--even if it sucks--is more empowering than not. It means we can drop the pretense, drop that particular exercise in social debate, and just do what we need to do. What we can, what we'd like, to do to make things better and safer for each other, without them. In spite of them. We still care; we can care about the things we can do.
So they don't care. What are you willing/able to do without their involvement and approval? Grow a garden this year? A larger garden? Share some produce with friends and family? Teach someone how to preserve seasonal foods by pickling or canning? Help your community with winterization? Get together with a few members of your community to start a small clothing bank for shelters (or individual members) in your community? Buy a gas card if you have a few bucks, and give it to someone who needs it when you can? Offer to pick someone at risk up from a night class or a late work shift? Ask each other once a week how they’re doing and what they need?
The roots are the strongest part of the trees. That’s the truth, no matter what the rest of the forest thinks.
So they don't care. As long as we still do, we're free to decide what to do about it. 

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Front Page Trumpenfuhrer News

2 Front pages of Trumpenfuhrer from the NYT... Read all about it!
Brings to mind several songs from the past. (below)

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Is this the real life?
 Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.
Wake me up b4 U go go.
 Jitterbug into my brain
Goes a bang-bang-bang 'til my feet do the same
But something's bugging you
Something ain't right
And 
We will we will rock you
Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playin' in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on yo' face
You big disgrace
Kickin' your can all over the place
Singin'
Buddy you're an old man poor man
Pleadin' with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face
Big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place
We will we will rock you
 (Sing it!)

PS: When will we-the people tell the Tea Party and those Republicans who ignored them... We've Had Enough?


Saturday, January 07, 2017

Thoughts on Death, the Dodo Bird and Der Trumpenfuhrer

I received an email from a friend who is 90 years of age.
I Like the music “there will be some changes made”, hopefully for the better in our personal lives. But the changes in the political arena in my opinion, we are in for a disastrous 4 years. I don’t think I’ll be around to witness any changes, So I sympathize with the future generation. Ugly future Name TRUMPUTIN The new dictator. Bob
I replied to him with this:
Bob, we’ve got to keep on trucking until that nincompoop-in-chief goes the way of the Dodo bird… No leaving existence at this time, it’s not allowed… We have to stay alive to catch the fireworks and see Trump’s ass go down in a heap of shit… That’s my story and I’m sticken to it. Carolyn
PS: Here’s a political musical video that I did when it was election time 2008.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDbZsTIiI7Q

I thought we had had enough with Dubya Bush, who seems like a baby kitty cat next to Der Trumpenfuhrer. We had no idea what was yet to come. (similar to the 1930’s German people)

Never, not in a million years could we believe America could be so utterly stupid as to vote in a MONSTER IMBECILE as leader of the Free World! HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH?

Thoughts on the Dodo Bird:
THE DODO BIRD
EXTINCT
The dodo bird inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where it lived undisturbed for so long that it lost its need and ability to fly. It lived and nested on the ground and ate fruits that had fallen from trees. There were no mammals on the island and a high diversity of bird species lived in the dense forests.
In 1505, the Portuguese became the first humans to set foot on Mauritius. The island quickly became a stopover for ships engaged in the spice trade. Weighing up to 50 pounds, the dodo bird was a welcome source of fresh meat for the sailors. Large numbers of dodo birds were killed for food.
Later, when the Dutch used the island as a penal colony, pigs and monkeys were brought to the island along with the convicts. Many of the ships that came to Mauritius also had uninvited rats aboard, some of which escaped onto the island.
Before humans and other mammals arrived the dodo bird had little to fear from predators. The rats, pigs and monkeys made short work of vulnerable dodo bird eggs in the ground nests.
The combination of human exploitation and introduced species significantly reduced dodo bird populations. Within 100 years of the arrival of humans on Mauritius, the once abundant dodo bird was a rare bird.
The last dodo bird was killed in 1681.  http://www.bagheera.com/inthewild/ext_dodobird.htm

Friday, January 06, 2017

Trae Crowder, Chicken Soup for America's Heartsick Soul


Thank you Trae Crowder, your latest video rant brings forth tears
of sorrow along with much needed levity…
Chicken Soup for the waning, heartsick American soul.
Can’t wait to see more, after the hateful president elect gets 
crowned king
thethinkingblue
Find more of Crowder’s video rants
on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHsQd-vRXK1bp4vpifl6yA

Thursday, January 05, 2017

The Uncontrollable Grief We Feel

2017
“President Pussygrabber,”
GRR Martin wrote after the results of the 2016 presidential election came in.
Trump was the least qualified candidate ever nominated by a major party for the presidency. Come January, he will become the worst president in American history, and a dangerously unstable player on the world stage… Over the next four years, our problems are going to get much, much worse.
In a chilling summation ? for anyone who’s spent time in the brutal, politically precarious “Game of Thrones” world dreamed up by Martin ? he hearkened back to one of his own most iconic fictional lines.
This time, though, it wasn’t a fantasy tale.
“Winter is coming,” 
he concluded.
“I told you so.”

A Facebook Member’s Confession:
Bruce Lindner on Facebook:
I have a confession to make. I haven’t been a very happy camper lately. Every so often, the reality of November 8th, 2016 comes crashing down on me, and it makes me wish I was of some nationality other than an American. ANYTHING other than an American. I’m embarrassed to be an American now. Reading the news every day is tantamount to slow torture. Seeing the disingenuous smirk on #KellyAnneConjob’s face and hearing her reshape facts whenever I turn on my television is literally bad for my health. My once semi-weekly nosebleeds have become a daily nuisance since November.
I think the half of America that didn’t vote for Trump—and yes, I’ll say it; the *smarter* half—is experiencing a kind of PTSD, myself included. The source of that traumatic stress doesn’t stem from just losing an election per se, but from being cursed with the prescience to envision where that defeat is going to take us. They ARE going to hack away at ObamaCare. They ARE going to install jurists whose main mission is to overturn Roe vs Wade. They ARE going to put a man at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency who doesn’t give a shit about protecting the environment. They ARE going to make an old school southern racist the chief law enforcement official in the land. Because We the People empowered an utterly unqualified creature to make these decisions.
No matter how I try to distract myself from these facts (music works, but only temporarily), reality circles back around and slaps me upside the head. I turned on the radio before I went to bed last night and I heard the voice of Mitch McConnell. He was warning Democrats against blocking the incoming administration’s Supreme Court nominees. “The American people won’t tolerate that sort of political obstruction.” Let that sink in. I thought to myself; should I buy a plane ticket to Washington, find McConnell’s office and beat him to a pulp with a baseball bat, or should I listen to some old Stephen Stills and try to relax? I opted for the latter. This time.
Fascism has come to America. Right-wing extremists will soon be in control of all three branches of government. A man who doesn’t believe in science, who picks petty squabbles with anyone and everyone–including our own intelligence services, who lives in a Fox News bubble, is about to become the most powerful person on Earth. This is NOT the Nixon crew. Nor is it the Reagan crew or the Bush 43 crew. It’s finally dawned on me why he didn’t offer Sarah Palin a cabinet position: She would have made the rest of them look bad. This bunch might as well be of a different species altogether. The world trembles. Beginning with me.
For the sake of my own sanity, I’m going to try to disengage myself somewhat. Yes, I’ll always be a politics junkie, and yes, I’ll still offer my 2¢ worth from time to time. But we’ve truly entered a period of unenlightenment, and I refuse to let it destroy my otherwise sunny disposition. And I also refuse to get into debates with my fellow liberals over inconsequential issues such as what their financial motive might be or theoretical political scenarios.
Who the hell CARES?
At the end of the day, what matters to me are the ramifications of the election of 2016: the overturning of healthcare for 20M Americans, the rights of women to make their own informed healthcare choices being revoked, tax policies that favors the draft beer folks rather than the Dom Pérignon set, sane and effective strategies for dealing with nuclear-armed rogue states such as North Korea, etc., and oh yes… maybe protecting the planet itself from a man-made apocalypse.
I’m not optimistic for the future. The only scenario I can envision that brings me any hope at all, would be if he does something so outrageous, SO stupid… that it has immediate and catastrophic consequences upon the lives of the fools who made this nightmare a reality … that they might WAKE UP and make a sharp U-turn in 2018. But that’s a long-shot fantasy. We Americans aren’t that bright.
Back to my music.
https://www.facebook.com/macbruce/posts/10154755911866145
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Dear Bruce your “confession” brought a deep sadness to my being. I believe it’s a ubiquitous feeling that anyone who considers their thoughts to be rational will encounter.
I empathize completely and my daily routines like yours, have become so taxed with the idea that a monster is now in charge of every bit of our wellbeing even to the air we breathe and tears of sadness and fear are waiting, beyond my control at the slightest thought of what this imbecile might unleash upon us, at any given moment.
I did a Google search to see if anyone who feels this pain equally and is good with words as you are, may have written something we can absorb to lessen our grief… “OK Google, How will America stay sane in Trump world” and Google gave me this link: Will Donald Trump destroy America? Click Link: 
Upon reading the few paragraphs I excerpted (below) from the article, I now feel even more anxiety and know there’s no one who can ease our fear. We are in for one horrible cookie crumble and I believe, we’re going to experience a stunning test to the documentation the founding fathers labored so diligently to create… one of which a new born nation shall base its laws upon, a nation that we-the-people are 
ALL citizens of, and only time will tell if or how long this Constitutional Document will survive.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth"
Should be changed to,
"Damned the ignorant, for they have inherited the earth" 
Excerpted from:

What did the Founding Fathers want for America?

The Founding Fathers were a revolutionary group, diverse in their professions and yet unified in their goal: American liberty.
They understood that the citizens should have a say in their government and that the government only derives its legitimate power from the consent of the governed.
When Thomas Jefferson penned those timeless, eloquent words of freedom in the Declaration of Independence it sent political shock waves around the world that continue to reverberate in the minds of revolutionaries everywhere.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
A challenge was issued that kings did not automatically have supreme authority.
Rights come from Nature’s God and it was time for men to rise up to secure these rights at any cost because it was the right thing to do.
~
Excerpt From: 
Will Donald Trump Destroy America? He (Trump) makes a staggering 4,000 appointments, staffing the entire top layer of government – all owing their jobs and total loyalty to him. So, no, there will be no civil service to stop Donald Trump. They will be Trump’s servants. (It’s said that the military will behave in the same way: they will not want to be seen resisting democratically elected, civilian power.)
In other words, Trump will have enormous power from inauguration day on 20 January 2017. He can build his border wall if he wants to – and, so memorable was the promise, the political penalty for not doing so will be enormous. But he can do much, much more besides.
On day one, he can – at the stroke of a pen – undo much of the Obama legacy. Trump has had a team of aides draw up what they call the First Day Project, a series of executive orders signed by Obama that Trump could overturn with his signature before he has got his feet under the desk. Among the measures they have targeted for repeal are: the Paris agreement on climate change, the Syrian refugee programme and the rules demanding checks on the background of someone seeking to buy a gun. By the end of that first day, America would already be a changed country.
Once work starts on the border wall, Trump’s most vociferous supporters will demand action on the president-elect’s other signature proposal: the deportation of those migrants. With Republican control of the House and Senate, he will have no excuses for inaction or delay. On this, too, there has been some advance work. One thinktank envisages a force of 90,000 “apprehension personnel”, equipped to make raids on farms, restaurants and building sites, rooting out illegal immigrants. As Osnos reported: “Thousands of chartered buses (54 seats on average) and planes (which can accommodate 135) would carry deportees to the border or to their home countries.” Others have talked of putting these unwanted people on trains and expelling them – a method that evokes the darkest chapter in European history.
In the meantime, Trump could work on his ban on Muslims entering the US. The constitution might strike that down as discrimination on grounds of religion, but it would not be too hard to refashion it. Indeed, Trump has spoken of banning arrivals from countries associated with “Islamic terrorism”, which may be an effective workaround. And all the while, Trump would be shredding the legacy of America’s first black president, abolishing Obamacare which gave millions health insurance.
But there is another promise Trump will want to implement. It came during the TV debates when Trump pledged that, if he won, he would put Hillary Clinton in jail over her use of a private email server as secretary of state. He can’t do that directly, but he could steer his Justice Department to pursue her, perhaps via a special prosecutor. Who would stop him doing that? His base will demand nothing less: their cries of “Lock her up!” are still ringing. (The only thing that might stay his hand is if he calculates that the threat of prosecution provides useful leverage, a sword to hang over the heads of the Clintons, to ensure they keep quiet and out of his way.)
So this is the country that Trump – unshackled and unbound – can forge, starting three months from now. Oblivious to the environment, hostile to migrants, snarling towards Muslims and seeking to roll back rights that took decades to secure. It would be a country that saw the constitution not as its greatest gift, but as an obstacle to overcome. It would see diversity not as a strength, but as a fact to be tolerated, at best. And anyone objecting to any of this would find the big institutions, all three branches of government, arrayed against them. RIP America? It certainly might feel that way.
For what we saw in the astonishingly ugly campaign fought by Donald Trumpwould be only an inkling of what is to follow. Or, as one senior Democrat put it to me: “The horror show has not even started. This is just the overture.”

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Several Words from an Israel/American about the US Election 2016

A friend of mine sent this to me from her friend who lives in Canada. It's quite profound in my opinion and I would like to share it with those who are of like mind about the Donald Trump's election to the highest office within our America (if not the world)… It's in its entirety but you will find a link to the online version at the bottom.
What to Do About Trump? The Same Thing My Grandfather Did in 1930s Vienna.
Historical analogies are always flawed, but some moral principles shine eternal
November 14, 2016 • 11:47 AM

My grandfather Siegfried was not a sophisticated man. When he bought a car—always the same car, a blue Peugeot 305, replaced every few years with a newer model of the same exact make—he kept the seats covered in plastic to keep them eternally clean. When you asked him for an apple, he’d hold the fruit in his hand and rotate it like a tiny globe, peeling it with his pocketknife and making sure to remove only the skin and none of the flesh. When I ran away, as a child of 6 or 7, to explore a park nearby, he dashed out the door, wearing nothing but his underwear, and ran until he found me and hugged me tight. He didn’t even hear the passersby who pointed and laughed. Nothing mattered to him but his family.
He died when I was very young, so I know his life’s story only as a broad outline: Educated in a conservatory in Vienna, he was a promising young violinist and composer when he was spooked by the goosesteps of Hitler’s goons. He convinced two of his sisters to trade in a continental future for one less tender on the shores of Palestine. Some of his friends, maybe even members of his family, pointed and laughed then, too, telling him he was hysterical, that he was getting it all wrong, that it couldn’t possibly be that bad. But grandpa Siegfried wouldn’t listen: His simple heart advised him to take the thugs at their word and leave. At least that’s how I imagine it—he never spoke of those early days, and his family and friends were all soon seized, deported, and murdered.

I’m not sharing this particular story at this particular point in time to make some kind of historical analogy. Those are rarely useful even under the best of circumstances, and to compare Donald Trump to the Fuhrer or his ascent to the rise of the Third Reich is an absurd and reprehensible proposition. But I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandfather’s story this past week, and in it I find three simple commandments I can’t bring myself to dismiss.

The first, and most obvious, is this: Treat every poisoned word as a promise. When a bigoted blusterer tells you he intends to force members of a religious minority to register with the authorities—much like those friends and family of Siegfried’s who stayed behind were forced to do before their horizon grew darker—believe him. Don’t try to be clever. Don’t lean on political intricacies or legislative minutia or historical precedents for comfort. Don’t write it off as propaganda, or explain it away as just an empty proclamation meant simply to pave the path to power. Take the haters at their word, and assume the worst is imminent.

Do that, and a second principle follows closely: You should treat people like adults, which means respecting them enough to demand that they understand the consequences of their actions. Explaining away or excusing the actions of others isn’t your job. Vienna in the first decades of the 20th century was a city inflamed with a desire to better understand the motives, hidden or otherwise, that move people to action. Freud and Kafka, Elias Canetti and Karl Kraus, Stefan Zweig and Franz Werfel—these were the eminences who crowded the same cafés Siegfried and his musician friends most likely frequented. But while these beautiful minds struggled to understand the world around them, the world around them was consumed by simpler and more vicious appetites. Don’t waste any time, then, trying to understand: Then as now, many were amused by the demagogue and moved by his vile vision. Some have perfectly reasonable explanations for their decisions, while others have little to go on but incoherent rage. It doesn’t matter. Voters are all adults, and all have made their choices, and it is now you who must brace for impact. Whether you choose to forgive those, friends and strangers alike, who cast their votes so deplorably is a matter of personal choice, and none but the most imperious among us would advocate a categorical rejection of millions based on their electoral actions, no matter how irresponsible and dim. So while you make these personal calculations, remember that what matters now isn’t analysis: It’s survival.

Which leads me to the third principle, the one hardest to grasp: Refuse to accept what’s going on as the new normal. Not now, not ever. In the months and years to come, decisions will be made that may strike you as perfectly sound, appointments announced that are inspired, and policies enacted you may even like. Friends and pundits will reach out to you and, invoking nuance, urge you to admit that there’s really nothing to fear, that things are more complex, that nothing is ever black or white. It’s a perfectly sound argument, of course, but it’s also dead wrong: This isn’t about policy or appointments or even about outcomes. This isn’t a political contest—it’s a moral crisis. When an inexperienced, thin-skinned demagogue rides into office by explaining away immensely complex problems while arguing that our national glory demands we strip millions of their dignity or their rights, our only duty is to resist by whatever means permitted us by law. The demagogue may boost the economy, sign beneficial treaties, and mend our ailing institutions, but his success can never be ours. Our greatness, to use a tired but true phrase, depends on our goodness, and to succeed, we must demand that our commander in chief come as close as is possible to reflecting the light of that goodness. There’s no point indulging in the kind of needlessly complex thinking that so often plagues the intelligent and the well-informed. There’s no room for reading tea leaves, for calculations or projections or clever takes. The only thing that matters now is the simple moral truth: This isn’t right. As long as we never forget that, we can never lose: As grandpa Siegfried knew all too well, those who refuse to gradually put up with the darkness are making a very safe bet; if you’re wrong, there’s no harm, but if you’re right, you win more or less everything.

So forgive me if these next four years I’m not inclined to be smart. When it comes to the task ahead, I’ve no interest in deep dives or shades of grey or mea culpas. Like my grandfather, I’m a simple Jew, and like him, I take danger at face value. When the levers of power are seized by the small hands of hateful men, you work hard, you stand with those who are most vulnerable, and you don’t give up until it’s morning again. The rest is commentary.
Liel Leibovitz is an Israeli-American journalist, author, media critic and video game scholar. Leibovitz was born in Tel Aviv, immigrated to the United States in 1999, and earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2007.Wikipedia
Click Here to Read Article online.

Never trust atoms, they make up everything!
The New Golden Rule:
He who has the gold makes the rules!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Election of Donald Trump and the Clan Mentality


Read this typical Liberal Facebook Member's angst... (image above) The conservative mindset for the most part is prejudicial... How do I know this, Donald Trump could have only been elected by people who think of themselves as better than others, especially the others who do not share their viewpoint. Anyone who doesn't fit into their interpretation of who belongs in America will be ridiculed and should possibly be deported or maybe imprisoned (or inconceivably worse). This is not new; hate has always been a part of society. Its roots began with a thing called Clan Mentality. thinkingblue

PS: Molly Ivins' quote: “There are three important questions about who runs a society: Who's getting screwed? Who's doing the screwing? And what the hell will they do to us next?”
https://www.creators.com/read/molly-ivins/02/05/
molly-ivins-february-17-da0cf527


A good read: The CONSERVATIVE CLAN mentality ..."we are superior" ..."our values are the truth" otherwise you are un-american, or inferior (especially if one appreciates our system of government)
http://mahilena.typepad.com/blog/2012/03/the-conservative
-clan-mentality-we-are-superior-you-are-un-american.html


I swear this article is about Trump and his supporters, it’s not exactly but it could be. 
thinkingblue


Excerpt: The CONSERVATIVE CLAN mentality ..."we are superior" ..."our values are the truth" otherwise you are un-american, or inferior (specially if one appreciates our system of government)
Not a Pretty Picture, That's For Sure!"Conservatives" come in all shapes and stripes, sizes and styles. You may even think of yourself as a "conservative". You may define "conservative" as being cautious, frugal, traditional, Christian, perhaps even "average American". You may believe in small government, low taxes, a strong defense and "traditional" values. These decriptions may well apply to the "good-old-boy" or gal out there in the populace, generally hard-working, meaning no harm, just trying to live their lives.
But these descriptions woefully fail to fully detail the complexities of conservatism, both in the individual "Mom and Pop" Conservative, and certainly in the positions of conservatives in political, economic and cultural power, now and throughout American history.
Let's take them separately.
Mom and Pop Conservative:
These are usually decent folks, but they are just confused. They are confused all the more because they don't even know they are confused. Here's why. Most of them haven't thought deeply about their political beliefs; they just go along with the flow of the society they belong to. It's very similar to their religious beliefs. They don't go out and learn about and try out all of the world's religions to find the one that brings them closer to God; usually they believe in the religion that is given to them by their parents or spouse or immediate society. You would think that if they really love God as much as they say they do, they would make a little more effort to learn as much as they can about God by understanding what other religions and cultures have to say about the subject. But no, they are satisfied to take the easy way out and just believe what they are told to believe.
So, too, with their politics, which actually often marches in lock-step with their religious affiliation. You would think that if they love America so much, they would have studied American history and closely follow all of the nuances of the major political issues facing the country. But they do not. Most of them haven't studied and don't closely follow politics. They never knew or have forgotten much about American politics and history. They haven't even thought very deeply about what makes America America. They mostly rely on their "gut" instincts about what is right and wrong, but that instinct is fostered largely by what everyone else around them seems to believe, and is very easily manipulated.Excerpt 2: Mom and Pop Conservative claim they love America but not enough to pay very much, if any, tax to support it. They love American highways, the postman, Social Security, Medicare, retirement, the internet, the Space Program, the National Parks, the electrical grid, the water supply, dams and bridges and airports, plus, of course, the armed forces, but they hate socialism, which is exactly what all of these things are. They complain about people who "blame" America for its mistakes and sins, while they, the true patriots, are perfectly willing to allow America to wallow in mediocrity and dabble in immorality. They love America, but don't care much for its land or ideals, or most Americans. They disdain liberal Americans, feminist Americans, unemployed Americans, poor Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Catholic Americans, Jewish Americans, Islamic Americans, Hindu Americans, Buddhist Americans, Taoist Americans, Shinto Americans, Confucian Americans, agnostic Americans, atheist Americans, gay Americans, lesbian Americans, transgender Americans, and Americans with disabilities. As a modern political (or religious) philosophy, conservatism is an absolute mess. It only makes sense as clan mentality.
So Mom and Pop conservative are basically good-hearted people, who in their conformity and clan mentality just haven't thought things out very well.http://www.conservativemyths.com/what-is.html