Out of My Mind: Enemies of the State

As in: Traitors

Imagine a functional democracy where one of the two major parties actively works to disenfranchise groups of voters. Spoiler: That’s not a functional democracy, which is to say a democracy at all. And who does such a thing? Our very own Republican party; tearing down American piece by piece till it’s just a corrupt banana republic safe for capitalists. Also actively opposed to the right to vote, the GOP nominee.

Trump’s positions are anthetical to everything that made America anything like great. But they’re not his positions in that he doesn’t own them. They’re the culmination of decades of the GOP empowering Confederate revanchists and reactionaries. The Republicans turned their back on America starting with Tricky Dick Nixon’s Souther strategy — Nixon: Getting elected (and reelected) by any and all means whatsoever — and never looked back.

A great relationship: Trump runs against ISIS and doing so empowers them. Of course, Clinton, too, will do nothing — like Trump — to resolve the conditions that created and empower ISIS — all of radical nIslamic terrorism; but she’s at least much lower key about.

Trump attracts only the best people: Paul Manafort: Russian agent now under federal investigation for activities on behalf of Russia. Me, dunno what could be wrong with that.

Till recently, I, personally, focused on Trump’s earliest sins (support of Daddy’s racist housing, becoming Roy Cohn’s protege, the fraud to get the career-making Grand Hyatt deal done). One of these was the public lynching of the Central Park 5 who weren’t not guilty of a crime but innocent as in they didn’t do it or have any involvement with it. But the were young Black inner city kids so the media couldn’t resist the temptation of going all racist; having a caucasian yuppie victim and an Assistant D.A. who leveraged the act for fame and fortune also didn’t help. Racist Donald had to get in the act. But I betcha that when Trump vaguely apologized for causing personal pain, it was to the CP5. Or maybe to Ivana for raping here.

Trump; Great businessman. Licensing of a name soon to become toxic. Business enterprises meant not to be profitable but just throw of cash to skim. Tax scams. But actually managing profitable businesses as you and I understand the word? No. And this focus on finance to the detriment of business (first blessed by St. Ronnie of Reagan) hurts the economy which is to say us.

And speaking of Things Economic: Part of the reason the global economy is punk is because demand is being limited for the personal enrichment of the elite. Me, I’d call that kind of leadership sociopathic at best, but that’s me.

Speaking of which, America’s first fascist president (Donald J. Trump) has a message for y’all.

Trump: Financial elite-backed populist. Of course, it’s bullshit, but it’s all he has, or offers.

When y’all bitch about how Obamacare isn’t as wonderful as expected, it’s because the Republican Congress is crippling it by refusing to finance it as required.

John Negroponte: The (Republican) operator, as it were, of some America’s worst policies in Latin America. And he supports Clinton.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer: Can’t help being awful.

Speaking of Republican governors: Why does Florida Governor Rick Scott support letting people die for no good reason? Why does he support Zika?

Pro-life policies in Republican-controlled Texas:

Texas experienced a sudden and dramatic spike in pregnancy-related deaths in 2011, the same year the state slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women’s health programs, according to a study in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
After a modest increase in maternal mortality in Texas between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in 2011 and 2012 ― something researchers described as “puzzling” and out of sync with data from the other 49 states. Seventy-two women in Texas died from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in 2010, and that number jumped to 148 in 2012.

Racism: Like any other addiction, maybe the first steps involve recognizing and understanding what slavery was all about and that it was what made the founding of America economically possible. But recognizing that truth is beyond far too many. And here we are.

Anyone who thinks the GOP is in trouble and if it survives the election, it will be severely diminished is naive at best.

Our leaders hate kids:

Here’s what the U.S. government says about the student loan you may have been tardy about paying back: “If your loan is placed with a collection agency, you will be responsible for costs incurred to get payment. The holder of your loan can take other actions to collect as well.” Those “other actions” involve withholding your tax refund or, in some cases, garnishing your wages. And, this week in Texas, they began to involve federal agents in combat gear bursting into debtors’ houses and arresting them.

Actually, this applies to all debtors, real and the falsely identified.

But my favorite group of enemies of the state are the people who keep electing destroyers believing them to be saviors. Like: Poor whites reject pols who might do something good for them because it means helping poor Blacks and helping whites the same as Blacks means doing something good for Blacks at the expense of whites:

Reading various comments by Trump and his surrogates/supporteres it’s like they think all black people live under bridges with their crack dealers and are drawn out once every 4 years to vote by promises of Obamaphones. Explains a lot about why Obama himself makes them insane. It isn’t just racism in the sense of hatred, though it’s that too. It’s like waking up every day and discovering that a unicorn is president. Does not compute.
Yah, African-Americans in this country live with and near poverty disproportionately, but poverty doesn’t mean “homeless” (not only, anyway). Poor people — poor whites, too! — have lives. They’re just tougher, and increasingly modern life is a bit more like a game of whack-a-mole where you’re the mole. People don’t just fall through our almost non-existent safety net, they get whacked right through it. So,yeah, being poor sucks, it just isn’t what the Trumpians imagine it is, either urban or rural poverty. Not all black people are poor and not all poverty is a cross between what you see in The Wire and 70s post-apocalypatic urban hellscape movies.

Someone else’s opinion:

We have final message for “Wealthy Elites”. We know what is wealthy but what is Elites? Elites is making laws protect self and friends, lie and fuck other peoples. Elites is breaking laws, regular peoples go to jail, life ruin, family ruin, but not Elites. Elites is breaking laws, many peoples know Elites guilty, Elites call top friends at law enforcement and government agencies, offer bribes, make promise future handjobs, (but no blowjobs). Elites top friends announce, no law broken, no crime commit. Reporters (not call journalist) make living say write only nice things about Elites, convince dumb cattle, is just politics, everything is awesome, check out our ads and our prostitutes. Then Elites runs for president. Why run for president when already control country like dictatorship? What this have do with fun Cyber Weapons Auction? We want make sure Wealthy Elite recognizes the danger cyber weapons, this message, our auction, poses to their wealth and control. Let us spell out for Elites. Your wealth and control depends on electronic data. You see what “Equation Group” can do. You see what cryptolockers and stuxnet can do. You see free files we give for free. You see attacks on banks and SWIFT in news. Maybe there is Equation Group version of cryptolocker+stuxnet for banks and financial systems? If Equation Group lose control of cyber weapons, who else lose or find cyber weapons? If electronic data go bye bye where leave Wealthy Elites? Maybe with dumb cattle? “Do you feel in charge?” Wealthy Elites, you send bitcoins, you bid in auction, maybe big advantage for you?

And:

More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, the U.S. government has become a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us.

Why the global economy is a disaster: For decades now, the powers that be, our masters, have focused on financial scamming instead of managing businesses. (More here.) I may exagerate the degree, but it’s happening more and more, and however much it’s happening, it’s a huge problem. Not that corrupted pols or deranged beneficiaries like Trump are in any way a solution.

Pop quiz: How free are we really?

Besides conservative self-avowed patriots who keep electing corrupted liars who literally work against everything that made America truly great, I hate our elected officials’ true masters, the Saudis; here’s just the most recent crap. (Since getting our pols out of office is nigh impossible, just about the best we can do is minimize the use of their fucking oil as much as possible.)

Stupidity rules.