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Boehner weeps, but not for "urban children."

The Republican Party continues to toil under numerous image problems of their own creation. The one that tends to make the most news these days is their overt hostility to women: Every passing day seems to evince yet another creepy outrage even more horrific than the last. But equally in the running, of course, is the self-created perception that Republicans could care less about minorities and have too vested an interest in protecting the wealthy from any sort of regulation or externally imposed scruple of conscience.

Republicans may be trying to figure out how to countermand these notions, but one thing seems clear: They've decided to start their systematic rebrand until after drafting the latest version of their House budget for agriculture and food safety programs, because ... boy, is this one a doozy.

More below the fold.

As reported by Politico, this House Republican ag budget does its best to combine most everything people despise about the Republican Party into one tightly wound ball of awful:

House Republicans proposed a $20.9 billion budget for agriculture and food safety programs Monday, an 82-page bill that challenges the White House on nutrition rules and denies major new funding sought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to better regulate the rich derivatives market.

The CFTC fares better than in the past in that the GOP allows for a modest $3 million increase for information technology investments. But the $218 million budget is still $62 million less than President Barack Obama’s request and continues a pattern that has frustrated the administration’s ability to implement Wall Street reforms called for under the Dodd-Frank law enacted in July 2010.

Yes, this is bad, but it's not altogether unsurprising, right? We know that Republicans despise Wall Street regulations, and we also know that they also like to use the power of the purse to attempt to defund governmental priorities with which they don't agree. So, one might rate this as typical, but not shocking. But you will be shocked by what happens next:
And in a surprising twist, the bill language specifies that only rural areas are to benefit in the future from funding requested by the administration this year to continue a modest summer demonstration program to help children from low-income households — both urban and rural — during those months when school meals are not available.
Democrats were surprised to see urban children were excluded. And the GOP had some trouble explaining the history itself. But a spokeswoman confirmed that the intent of the bill is a pilot project in “rural areas” only.
At this point, it's almost as if Republicans have given up making excuses for their own behavior. They've sought to restrict a summer food aid program for children to rural areas only, at the exclusion of urban areas (read: "letting poor white kids continue to get summer food help while putting the screws to black and brown children") and don't even have a ready-made policy excuse as to why. That's just the intent of the program, with no other explanation needed. It appears that House Republicans have completely bought into Rep. Paul Ryan's racist dog whistle about how men in inner cities "aren't even thinking of working" and have decided to withhold food aid to children to teach those inner-city men about the value of work. Because after all, there's no better way to teach historically disadvantaged people the value of work than to starve their kids.

Oh, and the bill also accedes to the demands of the potato industry to have white potatoes qualify as a vegetable under the WIC program, which provides healthy meals to women and children—so it looks like french fries have now joined ketchup in the pantheon of Republican vegetables.

Doing the bidding of Wall Street, discrimination against racial minorities and giveaways to big agribusiness at the expense of women and children. In other words, just another day at the office at Republican Party headquarters.

Sign the petition denouncing House Republicans for making urban children go hungry.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by New Jersey Kossacks, Subversive Agitation Team Action Network, Shamrock American Kossacks, Protest Music, Team DFH, and Black Kos community.

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  •  I find myself losing the capacity for outrage (41+ / 0-)

    There are so many things wrong with the GOP, the Tea Party, and the damage they are doing to American society and to the world that I it's becoming difficult for me to muster outrage at each new onslaught. Revelation of misdeed after misdeed over the last two decades or so has left me numb.

    This is just the cherry on top—or, if you're the GOP, withholding the cherry on top because they're poor brown and blah kids, so why should they get the cherry? The cherry's for white kids only.

    It's enough to leave me pessimistic for the human race's chances to see the 22nd century, all so a bunch of old white men can hold onto their millions and billions that they can't take with them.

    •  I CAN STILL GET, OUTRAGED! (17+ / 0-)

      Great Diary Dante. Rec'd, Tipped, And Shared.

      Republicans who voted for this, are Despicible!  

      And in a surprising twist, the bill language specifies that only rural areas are to benefit in the future from funding requested by the administration this year to continue a modest summer demonstration program to help children from low-income households — both urban and rural — during those months when school meals are not available.

      2014 Midterm Elections Action Alert/Even More Political Activism Needed ♥ A Very Busy Year

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:58:25 AM PDT

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      •  usually I don't like shouting in caps but (0+ / 0-)

        of all things, this merits cries of outrage.
        They need to be forced to answer why and the racial make up of their choice needs to be pointed out within the question. I miss Solidad O'Brian.

    •  I signed the petition. (4+ / 0-)

      I left this as my personal message.

      Are You All, CRAZY?

      Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Gandhi

      by rebel ga on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:15:12 AM PDT

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    •  Really? 'cause this sh** just (2+ / 0-)
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      makes me even angrier.

      "To live in a world where truth matters and justice, however late, really happens, that world would be heaven enough for us all." - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

      by blueoregon on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:15:23 PM PDT

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    •  one word ," gerrymandered " (0+ / 0-)

      The Tactic is to buy votes by putting food in the mouths of rural voters just and the food Industry is going to have some massive sticker shock as the effects of climate change are going to be felt in the urban super markets for the first time.

      That will tiff the inner city folks that normally vote democratic into voting against there own interest again....

      you forget that the "Rural" districts are heavily Gerrymandered in favor of the GOP

      You are looking at a weaponless coup d'éta being executed by miss led conservatives elements of the GOP that are under the assistances of Russian Oligarch operatives within the GOP just as our CIA did in the middle east .

    •  I find myself losing (1+ / 0-)
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      the capacity for anything EXCEPT outrage!

      I find myself wondering why the poor people in America aren't making food banks featuring sliced, diced and filleted rich white people.  Yes, disgusting, I know, all that extra fat and bile wouldn't be good for the poor people, but as much as that windbag Issa enjoys grilling people, there must be some nutrition in it. . .

      I find myself wondering why crowds of millions of serious, RATIONAL people don't descend on Washington, with equally serious judges in tow, remind the law enforcement agencies in Washington--and the military serving there, too--that they are SWORN to protect our Constitution from all enemies, foreign and DOMESTIC as well, and then start running every republican, every lobbyist, and a fair number of the democrats as well though trials for treason, sedition, and malfeasance in office!

      I find myself wondering why, the second time the Republicans voted down a jobs bill after promising to make jobs their number one priority after 2010, that angry, out-of-work citizens didn't drag them out of their offices, their cushy lounges, their ritzy restaurants and their thousand-bucks-a-pop bordellos, put them on trial for treason, and HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE for their lies!

      I'm sorry I'm yelling, folks, I hope you all understand I'm not yelling at you.  But these, these THINGS masquerading as responsible human beings have made me so angry I want to go bite the neighbor's dog!

      Kos, please put in an italics and bold mode, so I can scream without yelling in these posts!  Pretty please?

      Maybe we deserve these despicable obstructionists as our government.  Maybe since we let them ruin our educational system and run tachistoscopic brainwashing on us 24/7--and yes, tachistoscopic education works, and that's what your television is.  It doesn't show motion pictures, nor do our movies, both show still images flashed in front of your eyes so quickly that your brain interprets the change from one to the next as motion.

      And the reason I apparently went off point, here, was to remind you all that it's easy, inexpensive, and effective to put big single-framed words between each of the frames of the movie or television show, and even though you don't consciously see them, your mind registers them perfectly well.

      So since they dumbed down most of the last three generations, and are accelerating that trend, and then began brainwashing everyone who watches television as a matter of course, and none of us did anything about it, maybe we deserve this current crop of brain-damaged buffoons as our government.  

      But as much as my neighbor's dog deserves it, Cantor, Ryan, and all their bung buddies deserve it even more.  

      But while everybody says, "Oh, that's terrible!", where are the demands for the impeachment of a group of legislators that are currently less popular than root canals or mosquitoes?   Where are the citizen's action groups filing for the impeachment of these stains on the soul of America?

      Where are the outraged mothers, fathers, brothers, filing suit for the wrongful death of their veteran kin, who died waiting for help that was denied them by the last four or five republican congresses and their budget cuts?  Where are the families crying out in outrage over the funding cuts that left the VA without the staff, the equipment, and the medication to help those veterans in a timely manner?

      And now, not satisfied with slashing more funds for the VA, then turning around and giving those funds to the military to buy more fucking guns,   they're stealing funds intended to feed hungry children and giving THAT to the military as well!

      I say lock the whole damned bunch of them in the chamber, give them nothing but Sav-A-Lot bread and Virginia river water for a week, and then show them exactly what it's like to have to live on a dollar-fifty a day for the next three or four months!   Or, in other words, bread,  cheap grape jelly, and Kalamazoo river water. . .

      And since I'm dreaming here, I'd love to be there with a camera when they let them out and put them in handcuffs for fraudulently using SNAP when none of them are qualified for it, then give them all multi-million dollar fines--

      Which the government could then turn around and use to feed the hungry urban kids these anal sweat-stains with legs decided not to help this summer, just because, nyaah.

      History has repeatedly shown me, however, that no matter how outraged I am today, tomorrow or next week, at the latest, one of the bunghole bunch will do or say something even worse, even more despicable, and I'll find myself once again speechless but thankful for the typing lessons that let me vent my outrage at their latest outrage in a timely fashion!

      I wouldn't spit on a single one one of them if they were on fire.  Although I would make bets on how many of them were smart enough to roll to put it out, instead of running around the room flapping their arms and setting even more of their fellow ambulatory diseases on fire as well.

      I wish the kids in the 'urban' areas well, and hope that the disappearing politicians usher in a summer of high-protein diets for all of them.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:13:38 PM PDT

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  •  This is what happens when 2 residents of (34+ / 0-)

    South Ratsass, living alone on 10,000 acres of the state of Big Empty have the same political representation as 20,000 people living in a city block of Chicago, New York, or Detroit.

    Empty space becomes equal to or greater than actual humans.

    "Jika Anda membutuhkan produk untuk meningkatkan kualitas hubungan seksual Anda atau membutuhkan produk obat pembesar penis!" - Bintangpasutri

    by Fordmandalay on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:13:22 AM PDT

  •  What is wrong with these people? (21+ / 0-)

    Seriously, what childhood upbringing or social malformation or egregious stupidity makes these idiots act as they do? Were they all dropped on their heads as kids?

    At this point, it's almost as if Republicans have given up making excuses for their own behavior.

    "It's the Supreme Court, Stupid!"

    by Kestrel on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:17:00 AM PDT

    •  It's deliberate maliciousness. Hatred. (20+ / 0-)

      I can't explain it any other way.  Just malevolence.  Because they're privileged pricks.

      (And presumably, unless you are wearing a hoodie and they think you look suspicious, you probably won’t get shot dead by mistake.) -- Heather Digby Parton, in an aside.

      by Rikon Snow on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:24:11 AM PDT

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      •  But they disguise it even to themselves (8+ / 0-)

        by pretending that ratcheting back government support for vulnerable segments of our society is really beneficial. The idea that austerity begets prosperity is practically gospel among them. As well as the paternalistic notion that "those people" are only harmed by misguided attempts to help them. There are other and better uses for those dollars.

        But the bottom line is, they are just like Scrooge saying "I can’t afford to make idle people merry."

        •  I suppose that not facing reality just becomes (5+ / 0-)

          habitual.  The comfort of endlessly lying to everyone, including oneself.  

          I call it sociopathic.  They call it . . . Christian, patriotic, moral, fiscally responsible, free markets . . . whatever works at the moment.

          (And presumably, unless you are wearing a hoodie and they think you look suspicious, you probably won’t get shot dead by mistake.) -- Heather Digby Parton, in an aside.

          by Rikon Snow on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:41:19 AM PDT

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          •  Upton Sinclair said it best (1+ / 0-)
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            "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it."

            That's how 40+ Senators & 210+ Representatives sleep at night.

          •  Remember if you challenge the fantasy of a socio (0+ / 0-)

            Remember if you challenge the Fantasy of the sociopath they can become Dangerous...

            Why do you think the conservatives are totally obsessive about gun control and arming them selfs?

            What do you think that a Domestic Terrorist is ?

            I am getting the creepy feeling that Enemies of the United States have Operatives within the Conservative tea party movement, which would explain their confrontational tactics. all the resent issues that have happened in the last few years are designed to create civil disobedience.  

            Think back to the CIA and the middle east conflict and then tell me with a straight face that the Russian KBG or other hostile forces could not be doing the same thing here now ?

            •  Not that I'm challenging your (0+ / 0-)

              fantasy in any way, but--

              The Castle doctrine laws, the Stand Your Ground laws, the laws they attempted to craft in Nebraska and Oklahoma that would let someone with 'deeply held religious beliefs" gun down an abortion doctor and get away with it, the laws they've attempted to craft in Florida that would let you get away with shooting a cop on your porch, the 2nd Amendment insanity, and the rabid refusal of any sane regulation on who can purchase a firearm are all part of a plot, you have that right.

              Where you're reaching, Windsong, is in who's doing it.

              Most of those CIA operatives that were laid off in the 90s went into creating private security companies like Blackwater.  Many of them are contracted to provide 'security' to the more rabid of the feral rich here in our country, who bankrolled them to get them started.  And it's the feral rich in this country who have been pushing the ALEC legislation that is making this country less and less safe, more and more chaotic, and more isolated and panicked.  They're the ones who decide what Fox will push this week, they're buying our colleges and dictating what the curricula will be, and they're the ones who've bought most of our politicians and the Supreme Court 'Justices' as well.

              See, there's no need to involve the KGB in this, as we have our own homegrown, wealthy, arrogant and powerful terrorists who are trying to destroy our Constitution.  All because they believe they're aristocrats, and are offended by the fact that we don't bow every time their limousine rolls past. . .

              Well, and that the EPA won't let them pollute every source of open and underground water in the country, so they can sell you bottled water that's not as contaminated as what comes out of your tap.  Or at least they didn't used to let them, but their bought politicians are dismantling the EPA as fast as they can, and appointing administrators for it who just sort of chuckle when the news comes in about another thousand people dying of cancer downstream from a Koch mill or factory.

              And because the government won't let them put collars on their workers and beat them when they complain about the sixteen hour days they're forced to work.

              Or let them sell things that are too poisonous, too dangerously built, or too ineffective.  They'd rather sell you Vitamin C that was mostly dirt, fire-retardant baby clothes and bedding that's actually treated with accelerant, and recliners built more like massive wooden bear traps. . .  That are also coated with accelerant!

              So, basically, what I'm saying is that the people who used to work for the CIA and did such marvelous jobs destabilizing foreign governments are now working for the feral rich in this country, and doing the same thing to America that they got so good at in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

              Oh, and those enemies of America you were talking about?  Windsong, they're not scattered in the conservative movement, brother or sister, they ARE the conservative movement.  Which is why they're trying to destroy freedom of speech, separation of church and state, the right to fair trial, the right to confront your accuser, and voting rights.

              And if you think the whole gun craze is in support of the 2nd amendment, you're dead wrong, Windsong.  This is all to make it so crazy that the next Republican president--and they're planning on sliding another one in on us, don't think they aren't--can justify doing away with the 2nd Amendment altogether.

              The people behind this are crazy like a fox, Windsong.  This is all part of a vast conspiracy by the plutocracy to take over the entire world, not just America.  They just plan to start with America, so they have enough nukes to blackmail the rest of the world into going along.

              Or burning.  And the feral rich don't really care how it goes, they have massive underground bunkers they can hide in until the bombs stop falling, if that's what happens.

              Have I depressed you out of your paranoia yet?  Because you're not paranoid, run through a list of some of the shit ALEC has been pushing as legislation in both the state and Federal governments, and you'll see that some very, very powerful people really are out to get you.

              Sweet dreams, Windsong.

              Henry D. Rinehart

              “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

              by hdrinehart01 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:13:59 PM PDT

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      •  It's mostly not deliberate. It's fear. (2+ / 0-)
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        These are people taught to fear "The Other" as their enemies. Their enemies are lesser Americans, and are out to take what these people have.

        Imagine you were a member of a French Aristocratic Family, even down on your luck, and you watched as the city mobs sent other aristocrats to the guillotine and took the property their family had owned and live from (if not on) for centuries. It was a god0given right of the aristocracy, and the new government installed by the masses in the cities took it away from the aristocrats.

        The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

        by Rick B on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:04:27 AM PDT

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    •  Pitting the poor against each other (3+ / 0-)
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      the latest GOP brainfart

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:28:02 AM PDT

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    •  It's because we, the rest of civilized society... (9+ / 0-)

      ... tolerate their hateful, bigoted bullshit. We let them get away with it. There's no accountability. They do not face shunning, mass protests or even just someone personally getting in their face about it. So they think they can get away with it.

      Self righteous assholes only respond to the imminent and direct threat of their own demise. Until we push them to that brink, they won't change jack squat.

    •  At least one fairly recent study (0+ / 0-)

      has shown that in DNA, there are linkages in people who label themselves as Liberal or Progressive, show the ability to reason through a situation instead of relying on dogma or 'common' wisdom, and have at least some small measure of compassion and empathy.

      In those who label themselves as conservatives, however, and test off the bottom of the charts for compassion, empathy, and critical thinking skills, at least two of those linkages are non-existent.

      So, in answer to your question, it really isn't their fault.  They are genetically predisposed to be flaming, malignant assholes, and giving them even the smallest amount of power makes this worse.  Indeed, my own experience has shown that for every step up in power these individuals take, their malignancy goes up by a factor of ten.

      This perfectly explains McConnell, Ryan, Cantor, King, Cruz, and a number of their 'close' associates.

      I did not include Gohmert and Bachmann in that list, as they are in a separate category, 'Bat-Shit Crazy."  Not that they're still not malignant, but their insanity makes them less focused, and therefore slightly less dangerous. . .

      And that is before, sadly, these beings were, as children, steeped in the rape/bully culture that currently dominates America.  Before they were encouraged to become truly artistic in their twisted desires to dominate, persecute, and cripple others, especially the ones who showed empathy, and compassion.

      That, or they're working directly for Satan--I mean, whichever of the Koch brothers bribed them last.  Or both, I still believe Ryan drinks poor baby blood on the rocks, the 'rocks' being chunks of coal.

      Talk to everyone you can, bring along a notebook or loose-leaf binder with talking points printed out, and dare the people who look at you like you're crazy to go look it up on the Internet, that the proof of what you're saying is all true.  Make up multiple packs of talking points, so you can give them out to the truly brainwashed, and challenge them to prove that you're wrong!

      Just don't hold your breath, the brainwashing these folk have been subjected to is truly breathtaking in its scope.

      And you should probably let them find out what Ryan's favorite beverage is on their own.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:39:47 PM PDT

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  •  The Nazis Were "Socialist" For Aryans Only (5+ / 0-)

    As wingnuts like to say "They were called the National SOCIALISTS."

    And there is a bit of truth in that they believed in a social safety net but only for white people. Other people were denied jobs, education, medical care, property rights, etc.  It's easy to get the official unemployment rate to zero by only counting white people with jobs.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:17:10 AM PDT

    •  so are most humans (0+ / 0-)

      I imagine most people deep down have a problem with "our" government doing stuff for "them".  Especially considering most people think that they should be the ones rewarded with favorable policy for doing everything right - graduating school, going to college, getting a job, living below their means, starting a business, buying a house, staying out of trouble with the law, not having multiple children of unknown paternity, etc. - but liberals allegedly think the government should spend the most money on the most fucked up people.

      Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

      by Visceral on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:22:27 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know. I think it's cultural. We (0+ / 0-)

        see some people as other because we've been brought up to believe that.  I don't think there is anything inherent about "them."

        Perhaps I'm a naive idealist  Been there, done that.  

        I actually have several t-shirts with "naivety" as a topic.

        (And presumably, unless you are wearing a hoodie and they think you look suspicious, you probably won’t get shot dead by mistake.) -- Heather Digby Parton, in an aside.

        by Rikon Snow on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:29:27 AM PDT

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        •  man-made differences are still "real" (3+ / 0-)
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          I've gotten cynical enough to believe more strongly in things like tribalism that while I don't like them, I use them anyway because I find it very hard to explain observed human behavior in terms of what I would prefer to be true.

          No group of humans is simply that: a group of humans who interact merely by virtue of proximity.  The notion that anyone who acts differently thinks differently - and more importantly values differently - and that anyone who values differently is never really going to be on our side I think is deeply rooted in human psychology.  The burden of belonging is on the person who wants to belong, not on the group that they want to belong to.  The challenge that perceived "aggressive nonconformists" like unassimilated immigrants, empowered minorities, or radical subcultures and political movements represent to the collective self - and its possession and therefore authority over something as instinctive as physical space - is consistently demonstrated to be intolerable to any group of people; it can only be imposed from outside or above.

          The widely believed conservative notion that, in the liberal order, outsiders - immigrants, foreigners, minorities, miscellaneous nonconformists, etc. - have an equal or greater claim upon the resources of the community than the "members in good standing" do goes far beyond fundamentally economic ideas of "haves" and "have-nots" and deep into the realm of sociology.  The tribal consciousness has no problem with classic leftist boogeymen like objective difference, hierarchy, and inequality so long as everyone affirms the same value system and pursues the same [implicitly] collective goal in whatever manner is best suited to their abilities.

          Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

          by Visceral on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:56:44 AM PDT

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      •  Ah'm shore glad (0+ / 0-)

        y'all put that 'allegedly' in there, Pilgrim.

        Seriously, some group did a study of the homeless, and found that giving them homes, places to get in out of the weather, and healthy food to eat was a bit less than half as expensive to leave them under those bridges.  Counting the medical treatment, care, medication and other charges they ring up when they're homeless, giving them small, efficient homes and providing them with a couple of nourishing meals a day was chump change by comparison.

        And, as some old white dude said once, our society is measured by how much we give to the poorest among us, to enable them to live better lives, not by how much we give the rich, who already have more than enough.

        Please read my comment below, or somewhere, it talks about how some people are genetically predisposed to be sociopaths.  In fact, most of the modern 'conservative' movement is only conservative of their own privilege, our country's economy, ecology, and ethical standards can all go hang as far as they're concerned.  Which is a pretty good fit for the definition of a sociopath, actually.

        "Me first, and when I've got mine, fuck all the rest of you."  Sound familiar?  That was me channeling a 'conservative'.

        Personally I think they've all got their heads stuck up the ass of the Santa Claus philosophy.

        Which is, as everybody knows, "If you're good, you got something, and if you're bad, you got nothing."

        Worshiping a mythical figure in the pursuit of an insane philosophy that they want to force on everyone.  Yep, that's 'conservatives' for ya!

        Henry D. Rinehart

        “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

        by hdrinehart01 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:34:33 PM PDT

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  •  codes for POC and yellow potatoes (5+ / 0-)
    It appears that House Republicans have completely bought into Rep. Paul Ryan's racist dog whistle about how men in inner cities "aren't even thinking of working" and have decided to withhold food aid to children to teach those inner-city men about the value of work. Because after all, there's no better way to teach historically disadvantaged people the value of work than to starve their kids.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:20:35 AM PDT

    •  Wouldn't that be the pot calling tyhe kettle black (6+ / 0-)

      The House takes 257 days a year of vacation time and talks about urban poor working 2 or three minimum wage jobs each man and wife and trying to raise their children decently with cuts to education and schools meals?

      Throw the Republicans out and with an end to the obstruction we can go back to making this a more perfect union again.

      "la vida no vale nada un lugar solita" "The Limits of Control Jim Jarmusch

      by rktect on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:33:30 AM PDT

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  •  at least the rural kids could start a garden. (3+ / 0-)
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    hotcheetos is not a fruit or dairy product.

  •  The single main problem with our democracy... (5+ / 0-) that, almost to a one, our elected representatives are either independently wealthy and/or simply so removed from the daily struggles of the 99% they don't appreciate what kind of damage they're doing to the country.

    That, or they just don't care about anyone else.  

    Alas, I can't see a realistic way of reversing this.  Legally requiring office holders to divest their personal wealth upon election won't work, returning the post-WWII tax rates, even holding guillotine parties in the Rose Garden...none of this will change the underlying culture that makes this madness possible.

    •  Single main? One of many, but you are absolutely (0+ / 0-)

      right that, one way or another, it always comes back to money.

      (And presumably, unless you are wearing a hoodie and they think you look suspicious, you probably won’t get shot dead by mistake.) -- Heather Digby Parton, in an aside.

      by Rikon Snow on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:33:46 AM PDT

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    •  I always thought the problem boiled down to this. (3+ / 0-)

      In America, there is no good and evil, or right and wrong... There are only the haves, who can make their own rules, and the have nots, who have the rules imposed on them.

      In one word; Greed.

      •  that's business as usual for humanity (1+ / 0-)
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        One law for the king and another law also for the [benefit of] the king, but imposed upon all his subjects by force.

        The Republicans should take their own advice and embrace the welfare state on the grounds that it will make people satisfied and therefore docile, because that is what they want, isn't it?  That's the reason wealthy landowner and arch-conservative Otto von Bismarck established the first modern welfare state in Germany in the mid 1800s: to prevent a socialist revolution, not to make one.  He wanted to both steal the socialists' thunder and win the loyalty of the German peoples (who thought of themselves more as Bavarians, Saxons, etc. then as Germans) to the newly founded Second Reich.

        Republicans are just showing how NOT Machiavellian they are.

        Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

        by Visceral on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:11:19 AM PDT

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    •  IIRC.... (0+ / 0-)

      In ancient Greece, one way of getting around the problem of the rich winning too much representation in democracies was to choose some officials totally at random from the citizenry at large.

      It's a thought. We could hardly get worse that way.

      This is the landscape that we understand, -
      And till the principle of things takes root,
      How shall examples move us from our calm?

      (Mary Oliver, "Beyond the Snow Belt.")

      by sagesource on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:45:31 AM PDT

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  •  Asdf (2+ / 0-)

    I hate to nitpick, but "could care less" (in line 4) is never a correct formulation in this circumstance, since it implies some level of caring already exists.

    You definitely need to add the "not" here for accuracy.


    The best way to tell a Democrat from a Republican is to present someone requiring food and shelter. The Democrat will want them housed and fed, even if they be faking need. The Republican will gladly see them starve until all doubt is removed.

    by GayIthacan on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:51:33 AM PDT

  •  same old (0+ / 0-)

    Lizards Observed Applying Lipstick as Protective Coloration

  •  Evil tea publicans hate poor people & black (2+ / 0-)
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    people, got it.

    This is tyrannical rule by division because the evil Rs don't believe in governance by the people.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:16:47 AM PDT

  •  Last I looked, there were plenty of black and (3+ / 0-)
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    brown kids in rural areas, too.  If excluding them was indeed the purpose of the exclusion, the GOP aimed poorly.

    The real surprising part is the GOP's inability to explain the exclusion.  Surely somebody had to figure that people would reach the same conclusion you did. Surely they would have spent a little time trying to come up with a non-racist justification for it.

    Hell -- it's not even hard to do given that we're talking about a demonstration project.

    Whether anybody believed it or not, you'd think that much would occur to them.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:20:53 AM PDT

  •  What's wrong with Republicans? (2+ / 0-)
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    They're mean and bad people. They keep telling people that and showing people people so I'm going to take them at their word.

    It's not even a dog whistle and more.

    Urban = black/brown.

    They're basically proud to say we don't want poor black/brown kids to eat.

    This is why we need to hold our noses and fight hard as hell to defeat Republicans even when the Dems aren't great or when we really don't want to.

    If we lose, they're going to take it out on starving poor kids. We can't let that happen.

    When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

    by PhillyJeff on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:23:32 AM PDT

  •  What I don't understand is why (3+ / 0-)

    the feckless national Democratic party doesn't keep pounding the Republicans with their own positions:

    • Republicans want poor black kids to starve
    • Republicans refuse to help injured veterans (e.g., current FP diary)
    • Republican health care = "Don't get sick; if you do get sick, die quickly"
    • Republicans want to break up families of poor Hispanics by deportation
    • Benghazi? Republicans don't want to pay for State Department security (
    • Republicans want to force you to undergo unnecessary medical procedures
    • Republicans want to control your body
    • Republicans want to control your love life
    • Republicans want to take your retirement funds

    I mean, the hits just keep on coming ... but the Democratic party, for the most part, is just silent.

    We must drive the special interests out of politics.… There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will neither be a short not an easy task, but it can be done. -- Teddy Roosevelt

    by NoMoJoe on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:59:28 AM PDT

    •  The Democratic Party, (0+ / 0-)

      or the 'Demospineless' as I've taken to calling them, mostly don't want to change the way things are.  If you notice, most of them are rich white men, too.  And if they call the conservaturtles in congress out, point out their flaws, make them change, then the Demospineless have to change as well.  And most of them shudder to think of a black or Latino or Thai or Muslim or Buddhist or Satanist family moving in next door to THEM!

      But they're representing people who take that kind of attitude poorly, and vote.  So they'd rather just let the conservaturtles say what they'd say if they weren't Demospineless, and vote for the cuts to programs to help the needy that the Demospineless have been bribed to make sure become laws.

      Your list is absolutely correct, and actually short of a number of telling issues--I personally believe that most of them are so dead-set against abortion because they enjoy drinking baby blood.  More abortions = fewer babies, thus less baby blood to drink.  It makes perfect sense--if you're a misogynistic sociopath.

      That's why NONE of us can afford to vote straight ticket any more.  And why we have to break the two-party system, so that more voices can be heard in our elections.  We have to start voting for people who say they'll work for us, on issues that matter to us and the country, and impeach their asses right out of those cushy seats if they turn out to have been lying.

      And when we have enough honest people in Congress, then we can throw the whole lot of lobbyists in jail, where they belong, and their feral rich 'clients' as well.  And the executives who nearly sank our economy, and the politicians who voted for deregulation of the banking industry, most specifically that wrinkled little scrotum Greenspan!

      Unfortunately, I'm insane, according to the people running this country.  But while we still each have a vote, we have to fucking use them!  And we have to use them intelligently, because voting for the lesser of two evils still leaves an evil man in charge of your government.

      And we just--cannot--afford--that--any--longer!

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:59:50 PM PDT

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  •  In addition to being a race thing (3+ / 0-)

    it's also a blatant attempt to retain benefits for their own districts so they don't have to go home and explain all the programs being cut, while screwing more democratic ones.

    Why don't they just cut to the chase and write two budgets - one for the white, "real" 'murikans that vote R, and a separate budget for all the black, brown and other people who vote D.

    And I know what would happen: the D budget would have a surplus, while the R budget would be in deficit. So they would also write in a transfer of funds from the D's to pay for the R's.

    How anyone can be so obviously hypocritical is beyond me. I wish the press would do their job, and start asking these guys real questions. And not let up. If we had a real fourth estate, things like this wouldn't be a problem.

    Mediocrity cannot know excellence ~ Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:00:11 PM PDT

  •  I'd really like to know (0+ / 0-)

    how they plan to educate minorities to embrace their positions on such issues. Because that's how they plan to expand their voter base.

    I suppose we can be grateful that voter base will not be expanding any time soon.

    We need a world in which we ask "What's happened to you?" more and "What's wrong with you?" less. (From a comment by Kossack nerafinator)

    by ramara on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:24:56 PM PDT

  •  Let's test this "No stupid question" theory..... (1+ / 0-)
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    What are the guidelines on differentiating between rural and urban areas.

    I honestly don't know.

    I am Joe's Steven......

    by Joes Steven on Sun May 25, 2014 at 12:43:04 PM PDT

    •  You're going to love this answer-- (1+ / 0-)
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      According to Wikipedia--

      "In general, a rural area is a geographic area that is located outside cities and towns.[1] The Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines the word "rural" as encompassing "...all population, housing, and territory not included within an urban area. Whatever is not urban is considered rural."

      "An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to the areas surrounding it. Urban areas may be cities, towns or conurbations, but the term is not commonly extended to rural settlements such as villages and hamlets."

      So I guess the kids in the villages and hamlets are okay, and since the conservaturtles have gerrymandered our states into Escher sculptures, we could make a case for there being no cities any longer, just varying sized villages and hamlets. . .

      I was going to whip off a bullshit answer from the top of my head for you, but the actual Wiki entries were much more amusing for their 'authority'.  And my bullshit answer would have been extremely close, anyway--I grew up in a rural community, smaller than a hamlet.

      You're right, there are no stupid questions.  When I have one, my first stop is Wiki, and then if there's more than one 'more citations required' notice, I go to the New World Encyclopaedia, or the Encyclopaedia Brittanica.  Wiki has a awesome list of online encyclopedias, by the way. . .

      Oh, and don't miss Wikiquotes, either.  John Stuart Mill had some astoundingly pertinent ones.

      Take it easy, Steven, and if you ever need something translated into or out of Hillbilly, Redneck or Conservative, drop me a line--I'll be glad to help, y'all.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:25:48 AM PDT

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  •  Another word for ...... (2+ / 0-)

    So if they keep only the poor city kids hungry, chances are it will be poor black and brown kids. No one is oblivious to the demographics, and this is just another way for Republicans to sound their dog whistle. So "inner city" and "urban" is just another way to pass their bigotry off as okay. Remember what Paul Ryan said about men who lived "in the urban areas" just had forgotten the value of working. I would like the chance to say to him face to face that he's thinking black men; just say it and be a man yourself instead of hiding behind more palatable words.

  •  We're back in Dickens' time (1+ / 0-)
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    "It's not Madness, ma'am," replied Mr. Bumble, after a few moments of deep meditation. "It's Meat."

    "What?" exclaimed Mrs. Sowerberry.

    "Meat, ma'am, meat," replied Bumble, with stern emphasis. "You've over-fed him, ma'am. You've raised a artificial soul and spirit in him, ma'am, unbecoming a person of his condition: as the board, Mrs. Sowerberry, who are practical philosophers, will tell you. What have paupers to do with soul or spirit? It's quite enough that we let 'em have live bodies. If you had kept the boy on gruel, ma'am, this would never have happened."

    "Dear, dear!" ejaculated Mrs. Sowerberry, piously raising her eyes to the kitchen ceiling: "this comes of being liberal!"

    •  The next paragraph is also on target. (1+ / 0-)
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      The liberality of Mrs. Sowerberry to Oliver, had consisted, in a profuse bestowal upon him of all the dirty odds and ends which nobody else would eat; so there was a great deal of meekness and self-devotion in her voluntarily remaining under Mr. Bumble's heavy accusation. Of which, to do her justice, she was wholly innocent, in thought, word, or deed.

  •  rural kids (0+ / 0-)

    I think the reason for this, is that it is harder to feed rural children, so if the program is not successful, then it is not necessary, so therefore not needed.  Mission accomplished.

    •  ...or mission not accomplished... (0+ / 0-)
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      by paradise50 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 03:15:13 PM PDT

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    •  Seriously? (0+ / 0-)

      libfran, I'm a little surprised that you apparently believe the conservaturtles in congress still have souls.  Didn't you hear that Lucifer closed his D.C. office?

      He got the last one last week, and you'll never believe what Louie Gohmert wanted for his soul.  I hope he's happy with that ice cream truck, since he didn't specify that he wanted ice cream with it. . .

      libfran, these creatures masquerading as responsible individuals tell poor people they have to tighten their belts, then go eat caviar and rock lobster, and swill down $250/bottles of wine with it.  

      They kept the rural part of the program so that they could claim they were complying with the goals of the program, while actually only providing the lowest number of children possible with meals.  More children in urban areas = more money spent for meals for poor black children, instead of using those funds for 'motivational' meetings in Cancun for their office staff.  

      Fewer children in rural areas = less money spent on those meals, Cancun, here we come!

      You were partly right, though, they will claim that the program isn't necessary any longer--eight years from now, when they've milked it for everything THEY can get out of it.  And the children they damage between now and then?

      Well, they're not fertilized eggs any more, so the Republicans don't need to care about them.  

      And they don't.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:45:18 AM PDT

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  •  There are real differences between (1+ / 0-)
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    the Parties, tangible and clear.  What supports our nation and makes it thrive as a viable and strong influence throughout the world is our strength here at home.

    When you take the time to compare the Republican Platform (their goals), along with the Democrats Platform, it is plain to see the exclusiveness and the mindset that if you grant more to big business, rein in regulations, balance the budget, that is all that is needed to make America great.

    The Democrats have always stressed the importance of an educated populace, good medical care for all to achieve a country with healthy, educated people, who can solve problems and reach plateaus still waiting to be reached.

    With good domestic policy this can be achieved.  However, the Repugs consistenly defund Head Start programs, vote against extension of the SNAP program, vote to repeal Obamacare 50 times, etc., etc., and now this.  We have let our schools, community colleges flounder, we have not seen the priority of government taking a hand in keeping higher learning costs down, and so it goes.  

    What does it take for the majority of this country to get it?

  •  But of course Rural areas need more help (0+ / 0-)

    They usually vote Republican...and Red these days equals more poverty, less food, and get sick and die quickly.

    You kind of keep hoping they can't  sink any lower...and then...


    •  Shoshanna, (1+ / 0-)
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      I firmly believe that when our scientists discover the very lowest point in the Universe, the ultimate low spot in reality itself, they will look down and see four Republican politicians, two Republican apologist women, and a blob of unrendered grease that calls itself Rush Limbaugh staring up at them.

      There is no depth to which a conservaturtle will not stoop, no action too abhorrent for them to passionately embrace, and no law, ideal or ideology so morally or ethically repugnant that they will not seize upon it gleefully and proclaim, "We built this!"

      I have never met a republican politician who could not don a top hat, then walk under the belly of a snake in a swamp without it so much as brushing the snake's belly.  And that's true for quite a few of the Demospineless as well, although most of them would limbo under it.

      From your statement, I am forced to believe you are a young and lovely 16 or so, and have not become hardened and cynical yet by your encounters with the cruel, cold world.  Please, for your own sake, move into a bomb shelter with eighty years' worth of food, a large selection of games for at least three video platforms, including your computer, then rip out every phone and data line and lock and bolt the door.

      Then, in eighty years or so, you can come out and tell the mutant cockroaches all about what we laughingly call our 'culture'.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:03:05 AM PDT

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  •  Silly time. (0+ / 0-)

    And the likes of Sarah Palin will poke fun at President Obama saying he wears "mom jeans". I'm so, so thankful that he's never cried on camera as this idiot Republican has done numerous times. Let's see, compared to Putin, which the Republicans do frequently with praise for Putin's appearance (shirtless and riding a horse) this wimp is laughable.

  •  And yet, these people are sitting pretty good, (0+ / 0-)

    for this year's election.  Their followers don't care, a good number of their non-followers don't care either.  I will be voting this fall, as I have in every election.  If you don't vote, except in the presidential years, you're not part of the problem, you are the problem.

  •  If they are against it, they should vote. (0+ / 0-)

    But they don't. Not in the numbers we need for a super majority or even consistent victory.

    So maybe they don't want help?

  •  I really don't want to hate anybody, but (1+ / 0-)
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    the Republicans in the House of Representatives are making it awfully difficult for me.  I try to tell myself that they are only racist misogynists because they are ignorant, but I can't really make myself believe that.

    I thinks it's a choice they have made. Somewhere along the line they decided that believing that they are better than women and minorities makes it so.  
    I've never understood how any self-respecting woman or non-white person could be a member of the Republican party, but perhaps they lack self-respect.  I absolutely understand a person believing in more conservative politics than I do, but aligning oneself with people who disrespect (and probably hate) you is beyond my ability to grok.

    To me, today's Republicans appear to be a bunch of brutish bullies, and while I continue to endeavor not to hate them, it grows more difficult every time they open their mouths.

    "The Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." attributed to Lily Tomlin

    by uniqity on Sun May 25, 2014 at 05:54:07 PM PDT

    •  The reason the Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      appear that way to you, uniqity, is because most of them ARE brutish, bullying buffoons only separated from being outright rapists by the simple fact that they don't have the courage of their own convictions or actions.

      And when I wrote that, outright, I meant engaging in sexual assault, because they are rapists as well as bullies.  They are on the ultimate power trip, and are continually pushing more and more ways to rape the poor of needed aid, veterans of needed aid, women of the right to be free and responsible for themselves, and all the rest of us of representative government.

      To be fair to them, which favor they would not return, many of them are probably guilty of one or more kinds of sexual assault as well.  Coercion at the very least, to keep a job or for better pay, and with some of them probably blackmail as well.

      You may infer from my reply to you that I don't care much for Republicans.  It's actually for all conservatives, as they're all bullies and rapists to one degree or another, and I have no love for either category.  Of course, saying that I don't care for Republican politicians specifically, and most politicians in general, is about as comprehensive as saying the surface of the sun is sort of warm, in spots.

      In a couple of my other posts here I mention that conservatives, for the most part, lack an actual connection in their DNA that predisposes them to lack compassion and empathy.  Some are willingly evil, and I believe Paul Ryan is one of those who are gleefully, actively evil, and gets wood when one of his policies is directly responsible for a few dozen people a week dying.

      But I digress.  So they're genetically predisposed to be flaming, malignant, bellicose asswipes.  This is reinforced by a culture run by bullies and rapists, an educational system that is also run by bullies and rapists, and a media that lionizes the biggest, most successful bullies and rapists for their behavior.

      Pity me, or have sympathy for me if you will, because I do grok them, and they frighten and disgust me.  I do not question that the Creator had a reason to create them, but my sincerest hope is that they're supposed to be a bad example for the rest of us to learn from.

      As for how they got to be in control of our society, sociopaths are excellent at manipulating others.  They quickly learn to be exceptionally talented liars, at least the high-functioning ones do, and all it took was one, somewhere back in our history, to weasel his way into the presidency, or to become the power behind the throne.

      Then he appointed more people like him to other positions of power, and they insinuated tentacles into every part of the government, like some toxic jellyfish.  After a few decades of manipulating elections so both candidates were charming, lying sociopaths, they were  entrenched in the government and began changing the educational system, then tried to scuttle our government in the early 1900s, and came close do doing so.

      They retreated reluctantly from the New Deal and pressure from the people, who at that point were about ready to start eating the rich.  They bankrolled Hitler, hoping that he'd win and they could manipulate him to their own advantage, but the American people surprised them again.

      So they accelerated the process of realigning our educational system to be more amenable to turning out the kind of citizens they wanted in America, ignorant and gullible, because it's easier to lie to an uneducated man or woman.

      And now it's here, and they're not even trying to justify their actions any more, because they believe we've all been brainwashed into being their perfect flock of sheeple.  And they're emboldened by the idiots who flocked to the Tea Party standard, instead of being scared shitless by those of us who didn't. . .

      It's not that they don't respect themselves, dear.  It's that they don't respect anyone else, especially weak, whimpering pansies who care about how other people feel, and are easy to bully, and fun to hurt.

      I grok them, and it makes me feel queasy when I do.  They're broken inside, not entirely functional, and they loathe, fear, and hate those of us who are.  

      And over the years, their society has broken me to the point where I feel nothing for them.  Not hate, not pity, not sympathy, and not remorse for what they're driving the people of America to do, deliberately, with malice aforethought.  Oh, I feel outrage at what they do, don't get me wrong,  but hating them would be like hating a thornbird, or a viper.  What they do is their nature.  The real tragedy is that we let them get this far, and will probably let them go even farther before enough of us stand up, say this has to end, now, and act together to end it.

      Because they believe they can pick up the pieces from the chaos they're creating, turn America into their own little carved-out fiefdoms, and have all the nukes to threaten the rest of the world with.

      Accept the rule of the plutocracy, or burn.

      And because I know what they are, down in their twisted little black souls, what they want, what they intend for the rest of the world--

      I won't lift a hand in their defense when the poor actually do eat them.

      Henry D. Rinehart

      “In every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”

      by hdrinehart01 on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:53:49 AM PDT

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  •  What's Next? Only Funding Homeless Programs in (0+ / 0-)

    Rural Areas?  

    That will teach those dirty homeless folks to congregate near bus lines, social services and medical care!

    The chutzpah and lack of compassion of the Republican Party never ceases to amaze!

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