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Increasingly the Red States in this country no longer resemble anything remotely like Western civilization, and instead start to look like various chaotic or tyrannical states in history from other parts of the world that subscribed to various bellicose nonsense ideologies or bigoted scapegoat fantasies.  So I offer the following term for this increasingly deranged, ignorant, dysfunctional, and criminally oppressive society: The Roviet Union, or more formally the URCR - Union of Roviet Capitalist Republikkks.  Same national color scheme as the USSR (red), and same mentality on a lot of issues and approaches to governance.

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The last time the federal government of the United States reflected Red State politics, we basically were living in an authoritarian nightmare where Congress was a rubber-stamp farce that never investigated the Executive branch or passed any legislation it wasn't told to pass, an opaque chain of command with Dick Cheney running some shadowy "Fourth Branch of government" with staff he refused to reveal and claimed to be above the Constitution, the media reduced to Pravda stenographers and punished with expulsion from the Press Corps if they asked the "wrong" questions, etc. etc.  

And just this past election, the Republican Governors and other state officials of the Red States engaged in treasonous criminal conspiracies to use the power of the state to prevent as many people as possible from voting.  So you can see, calling it the "Roviet Union" is not really hyperbole - the only reason people who aren't rich, white men can still vote at all in these states is that the federal government compels it.  And yet usually it doesn't matter because the media in these states is completely controlled by the Republican Party, creating an entirely alternate universe where the Earth is 6,000 years old, raising rich people's taxes 3% is Socialism but raising poor people's taxes is "responsibility," poor people getting public assistance is "mooching" but rich people getting public assistance is "pro-business," a black man with a funny name MUST be a foreigner and a Muslim, etc. etc.  Basically, they have their own Pravda propaganda system, and no one is allowed to challenge it.

In Roviet Union...

1.  Rubicon crosses YOU.
2.  Gall has unmitigated YOU.
3.  Money spends YOU.

Anyway, this was just a lark.  Do with it what you will.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:45:45 AM PST

  •  Exactly...(n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:18:26 AM PST

  •  Ah yes. The red states, where (7+ / 0-)

    forcing all kids to pray your prayers is religious freedom, and freeing the schools from forced religious practice is tyranny.

  •  And what about those of us (9+ / 0-)

    who live in red states and are working to get Democrats elected here and turn them purple instead of red?
    Rather than excluding red states from your little world, why not work to turn them into progressive states?
    Christ, I hate diaries like this.
    does this ass

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 03:41:10 AM PST

    •  It is true that the inhabitants of the Roviet (5+ / 0-)

      Union are abused and unfree. And it is true that outside assistance is necessary to liberate them. We shouldn't expect them to do it on their own because "personal responsibility" or independence is part of the Rovian trick. Getting people to believe that they are all alone is part of the agenda. "Make them feel special" and exceptional, so they won't even think about getting help from outside.
      Those of us on the outside, however, also have a problem as a result of buying into the "personal responsibility" and bootstrap myth. We respect privacy, aka secrecy, without realizing what is going on behind the veil. It really isn't possible for us to stop the abusers until we realize what and who they are. Has it occurred to you, for example (excuse the personal address), that our representatives in Congress are a big part of the problem, using both the law and money, as tools to dole out rewards and punishments at their leisure? Have you wondered how come we are acceding to the imposition of austerity and the deprivation of our human rights on people who done no injury to anyone, other than fail to be compliant with public servants who have become insubordinate? If you have, good. I just realized it recently when I started contemplating what would motivate someone to deprive another of something he doesn't even want for himself. Why punish innocents?
      The answer is power. And power is hard for people who don't lust for it to understand. Sort of like not getting the craving for chocolate, if you don't have it yourself.

      Correctly identifying a problem does not mean we are going to ignore it. It doesn't mean we are going to exploit it, either. That's what the Cons or Rovians are about.

      We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 04:26:23 AM PST

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    •  Take it easy. You'll get there. (5+ / 0-)

      For now we acknowledge the fact that you live in occupied territory, like Poland under the Nazis.  If you turn it Blue, it's not a Red State anymore, is it?

      In Roviet Union, money spends YOU!

      by Troubadour on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 04:41:17 AM PST

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    •  I don't think the diarist is being exclusionary. (2+ / 0-)
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      Troubadour, femaledog

      I don't live in the South but I have relatives in Texas. Unfortunately they are fully on board with the red state mentality, so any work I do would be upsetting to them. Too bad.

      Let me ask you: how much do you hear people in your area bristle at "outside agitators" like they did during the civil rights struggles of the 50s and 60s?

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:26:28 AM PST

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  •  North Carolina was soooooo close to independence. (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, Cartoon Peril

    What happened, man?

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 04:04:39 AM PST

  •  The confederate battle flag (3+ / 0-)
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    over the state of my birth is troubling.  I remember as a child that in our small town of about 300 (at the most) there were 3 black families, 4 large native families and the rest, a hodge podge of Czech, Irish, English, Polish and just plain mutts.  We gathered together to vote, to attend one anothers funerals and all of the things that make a small community weave together.  The old men played pitch as a group and as one left, another took his place. Of course, this was in the late 1950's and early 60's, so not so long ago for me.

    Alas, the place of my birth is almost gone as all who once lived there have either passed away or passed on, including me.  But whenever there is an election, I cannot help but think of that day when soup and sandwiches were served by both parties and it was a true social event for the better of our country.  Yes, in those days, it was your family that counted the most, followed closely by country.  We never would have dreamed that we were on a downhill skid towards our past.  The families there had struggled through the Depression and the droughts and had come together with something much bigger than themselves.  The people that are the most spooked right now are my age and above, what the hell did they forget that I did not?

  •  Rec'd for "New Mordor" (5+ / 0-)

    with a Confederate flag.

  •  The Roviet Union?! "RUH ROVE!!!" says Scooby Doo (3+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, tgrshark13, Cartoon Peril

    (this has been my comment on FaceBook since 2009): Political Views - Democratic Party - OBAMA & NETROOTS NATION - Yes We Did. YES WE CAN. Yes We Will... again. *** OBAMA 2012 ***

    by VT ConQuest on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:37:28 AM PST

  •  In Rove Dawn there's a call for "ROVERINES!!!" (4+ / 0-)

    (this has been my comment on FaceBook since 2009): Political Views - Democratic Party - OBAMA & NETROOTS NATION - Yes We Did. YES WE CAN. Yes We Will... again. *** OBAMA 2012 ***

    by VT ConQuest on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:42:21 AM PST

  •  Another similarity for your analogy (3+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, PrahaPartizan, FG

    The Soviets trashed their environment.  Chernobyl, the draining of Aral Sea, radioactive waste at Chelyabinsk, and the list goes on.  Where is the serious environmental damage inflicted in the US, spurred on by the politicians?

  •  Let's not play into the secessionist fantasy (4+ / 0-)
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    jessical, Troubadour, FG, Batya the Toon

    that the right-wing has been ... uh ... indulged in recently.

    There are many counties in these so-called red states where Obama won the majority vote.

    Missouri and North Carolina may soon go for the Democratic party again.

    And Texas will be a swing state in 8 years.

    So, while I appreciate a good joke at the expense of Karl Rove, I can't recommend this diary.

    Sorry, because I kinda like "gall has unmitigated you".

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:02:13 AM PST

  •  Like Cartoon Peril (3+ / 0-)
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    ...above, I thought the title and the writing clever and wished I could rec.  

    It's seemed to me, over the years, that a good number of people on here are quite isolated, Roviet dissenters, if you will.  And so...even if it works and is funny, the end result is an audience of people who at least in part are here to feel a little less alone against the tide.  The people I'd least like to make feel more marginalized....

    But the critical issue is that the divide is rural and urban.  Shy the reintroduction of serfdom, or Stalin's solution to the kulaks, the rural vote will remain authoritarian.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:32:01 AM PST

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