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Charles Blow Eviscerates conservative Bigotry

A teachable moment. Trump continues his racist based attack on President Obama…

To conservative bigots it isn’t about the 100 lives destroyed, because those lives were “others”, and to conservatives less than fully human. It is to conservatives about advancing their hatred of another group of “others” – in this case Muslims. There is little difference between evangelical or fundamentalist christian hatred of Gays, whether it is “Praying away the Gay” or beating it out of them – and the fundamentalist and radical Islamic. They are both rotten fruit from the same diseased tree. You don’t have to be Gay to respect human life. There is no morality or respect for shared humanity in the Chump’s vein of the right wing…Only evil. Hatred and bigotry against one – is hatred against all.

“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch Charles Blow teach Donald Trump a life lesson on spreading hatred in 30 seconds

CNN commentator Charles Blow asserted on Tuesday that Republicans were allowing hate to spread by downplaying the idea that homophobia contributed to the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

On Monday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that President Barack Obama was complicit in the attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, saying, “Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,”

Speaking on CNN’s New Day, Blow pointed out that Donald Trump had always questioned President Barack Obama’s “identity, his religion, his kind of fealty to this country.”

“If you put it into that sort of context, it is very clear that he means to question his loyalty, his patriotism, whether he has some sort of intimate knowledge of Islamic terror,” Blow said. “And that is outrageous.”

The commentator argued that it was “not sufficient” for Trump supporters to condemn the billionaire’s words while continuing to support him.

“This is a zero sum game, either you fight against hatred or you advance it,” Blow insisted. “Is it correct to say people are distorting a particularly religion, Islam, the Muslim faith? Absolutely. Is it correct to say there is a strand in the faith of people exploiting it to turn people into weapons? Absolutely.”

Blow observed that Americans who hate Muslims contribute to the radicalization of Muslim Americans. He also noted that the people who were criticizing Obama for not saying the words “radical Islam” were same people who refused to bring themselves to say that the attack occurred at a “gay” nightclub.

And then in only 30 seconds, Blow delivered a lesson on how hatred spreads:

We cannot downplay the idea of homophobia being linked to other phobias and other hatreds and other isms, that all of these things are connected, that once you allow yourself to hate one person, once you allow that into your spirit, once you allow that to become part of your and normalized in you, it allows you to hate anyone, to hate everyone, to be able to hurt anyone.”

 

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Republicans (Sort of) Get a Clue

Funny! From the American Prospect Magazine no less…

Ringside Seat: The Angry Whites Liquidation Sale

Let it not be said that the GOP doesn’t know it has a problem. As Senator Lindsay Graham said last year, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” And in the November election, that became vividly clear. Mitt Romney lost Latino voters by 44 points, Asian-American voters by 47 points, and voters under 30 by 23 points. So in the months since, the Republicans have been racking their brains to come up with ways to appeal to voters who do not happen to be older white men.

So how’s it going? Well, this week, not so great. First you had Ben Carson, the Baltimore neurosurgeon who, as a black conservative, has become a hero to the right, getting a bit too frank about marriage in an appearance on Fox News. Heterosexual marriage, he said, is “a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.” When people became somewhat displeased with this rhetoric, Carson said, “I think people have completely taken the wrong meaning out of what I was saying.” Yeah.

Cut to Alaska congressman Don Young growing wistful about the old days: “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.” Like Carson, he apologized if anyone got offended.

And there’s the Republicans’ problem: It’s one thing for party leaders to say, however sincerely, that they want to reach out to minorities. But if people in your party keep popping off with statements like those, you aren’t going to get anywhere.

They missed

Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota  said he didn’t feel safe on Native American reservations because of a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that allows tribal courts to prosecute non-Native American individuals for sexual and domestic violence crimes committed on tribal land. The congressman also berated tribal leaders for being “dysfunctional” and said he wanted to “ring the Tribal council’s neck and slam them against the wall.”

Michigan Republican Dave Agema says he is refusing to resign after promoting an article that said “part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle.”

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday vowed to continue to use the slur “illegal” to refer to undocumented immigrants. At a town hall meeting in Phoenix, a 25-year-old dreamer asked the former Republican presidential nominee to “please drop the i-word,” according to The Arizona Republican.“Someone who crosses our borders illegally is here illegally,” McCain replied. “You can call it whatever you want to, but it’s illegal. I think there’s a big difference between someone who does something that’s illegal and someone who’s undocumented.”  “I’ll continue to call it illegal,” he insisted.

Rick Perry, miffed at Madonna’s comments about the Boy Scouts …Said Perry, in On My Honor:

…”Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink…And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

And we don’t even talk about the Kumbaya at CPAC.

On the good side –  Michael Steele Calls Reince Priebus ‘Numbnuts’ (AUDIO)

 

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Tea Bagger Gay-Baits US Senator Lindsay Graham

The Republican Party’s lurch right to kowtow to the Tea Baggers is having the obvious consequences – the Party is ripping itself to shreds. A lot of people are predicting a Republican resurgence in the mid-terms – but if you look at what the Tea Baggers are doing…

This could well be a major loss like 2008 for the Republicans as Moderates desert in droves. That “Big Tent” keeps on getting smaller and smaller every day. This one smacks of Hitler’s pogroms to eliminate from the Nazi Party anyone who wasn’t Aryan, a true believer, or was “defective”.

This strikes to the heart of Tea Bagger “white is right”, plastic patriotism, jingoistic, homophobic, and racist – hate politics.

Tea Party speaker gay-baits Lindsey Graham

Really, only a gay person (or maybe a Muslim) would be enough of a deviant to disagree with these folks, right?

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has had an uneasy relationship with his party’s purists for years. Even in his own home base of South Carolina, the right wing has long thought of Graham as a squish on an array of crucial issues, including campaign finance, immigration and environmental regulation.

There’s also, however, always been a nastier undercurrent. For years, unsubstantiated but persistent rumors have swirled about the sexuality of the unmarried Graham. What’s unsettling is how some on the right seem eager to connect one complaint about Graham to the other.

At a Tea Party rally in Greenville, S.C., last week, a speaker tried to figure out just what, exactly, is wrong with Graham. “Barney Frank has been more honest and brave than you. At least we know about Barney Frank, nobody’s going to hold it over his head.”

He continued, “Look, I’m a tolerant person. I don’t care about your private life, Lindsey. But as our U.S. senator, I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen, I need to make sure you being gay isn’t it.

What’s interesting here is the thought obviously running through the speaker’s head: that something about the personal features of a politician like Barney Frank or Lindsey Graham explains their otherwise disagreeable behavior. The argument isn’t that Frank and, supposedly, Graham, are horrible liberal traitors, and gay to boot. It’s that they are, or might be, horrible liberal traitors because they’re gay.

And once you notice this type of argument here, you realize that it’s everywhere. This is the basic case against President Obama as well. It’s not just that his policies are bad. It’s that he is somehow not one of us, doesn’t understand our country and its traditions, and so is in fact working for the other side. The “he’s a foreigner” line of attack also featured at the rally, when former GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo asked, “If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don’t we just send him back?”

You’d think that the argument that Obama is a scary outsider Muslim would be about fighting terrorism — the president is too soft on terrorists, because he’s a secret double-agent. But the “foreigner” rap on the president doesn’t even seem to be about international issues. Instead, it’s somehow about healthcare and taxes and domestic policy in general.

This is the language of a political movement that sees itself defending a peculiar, limited version of democratic politics. Academics have a term for this idea: herrenvolk democracy. The basic idea is that there is supposed to be equality, and even unanimity on crucial matters, among qualified citizens. And if someone breaks the consensus, it’s not so much a sign that there needs to be an argument about this or that issue. It just casts doubt on whether that person was a legitimate member of the group in the first place. (Note that Graham himself has criticized the use of “racial epithets” on the right.)

This is all over the comments about Frank and Graham, as well as the standard attack on Obama-as-Kenyan-Muslim. As the Greenville Tea Party guy put it, “I need to figure out why you’re trying to sell out your own countrymen.”

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2010 in Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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Debating Hate Crimes, Rep. Gohmert (R-TX) Conflates Bestiality, Sex With Corpses, and Voting for a Black Man

Bestiality and voting for a black man…

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Proving once again there are no minimum qualifications to be a Congressman in the United States, unlike most other professions. You don’t even have to be of the “sound mind” needed to write a will or get married in many states…

Or smarter than a 5th grader.

Which gets us to the issue of how in Gohmert’s picayune little mind are Hate Crimes Legislation, bestiality, necrophilia, and voting for a black man (Alan Keyes) related?

I mean Keyes may be crazy as a loon, but (as far as I know) he isn’t crazy enough to desire amorous relationships with Elsie the Cow.

This dude is another Republican Sick Puppy.

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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Va Governor Candidate Meltdown

Robert F. McDonnell, Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in the 2010 Election is steadil chipping away at his previously commanding lead as more and more information about the ugly side of religious conservatism comes out…

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Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Virginia voters finds McDonnell leading Deeds 51% to 42% on September 2nd. This was just after news of McDonnell’s thesis at Regent University leaked out where he blamed the cultural meltdown of America morality on working women and homosexuals. As such, it probably has not had any impact on the numbers…

Yet.

Scrutiny Spreads to ’03 McDonnell Remarks

In January 2003, then-Del. Robert F. McDonnell helped gavel in one of the most extraordinary judicial reappointment hearings in Virginia history: a seven-hour, trial-like affair that led to questions about whether the future Republican gubernatorial candidate thought gays were fit to serve on the bench. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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