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Happy Fourth of July- You’ll Never Walk Alone

This one goes out to all of the women, children, members of the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, Latinos and Latinas, poor, working class, sick, disabled, Native Americans, journalists, scientists, park rangers, public servants, teachers, old people, mentally ill, dreamers, children of immigrants, Muslims, Jews, Desis, refugees, addicts, prisoners, voters, and anyone not in the 99.9%.

This is for anyone in America who has felt bullied, threatened, demeaned, made worthless, scared, desperate and angry in the last 8 months. 

Hold hands, look both ways, look after each other. Bad things don’t last forever. Take your country back. 

This is an excerpt from the Orlando Gay Choir’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone for the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last year. 

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Then there’s this:


It’s probably nothing that a little doxicycline can’t clear up. But, you know, elections have consequences. Sooooo, there’s that…

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19 Responses

  1. I have lost all faith in populism, both the left-wing and the right-wing varieties.

    I guess that means that I have lost all faith in “The People”–my fellow non-elite White Murkans, anyway. (I cling to a nebulous hope that maybe La Raza will ultimately save the Republic.)

    The grim fact is that when you add the Orange Covfefe’s voters to those citizens who were not prevented from voting by Russian/Republican dirty tricks, but just couldn’t be bothered to get off their sorry lazy @$$es because “BOTH SIDES ARE EQUALLY CORRUPT! WHAT ABOUT HER E-MAILS?!?!”, you get a majority of citizens who are not fit for the demanding task of self-government. (Also the minor candidates’ voters, but there would still be a majority of inadequates even if the minor candidates’ voters had all voted for HRC instead.)

    How can democracy work if a majority, or at least a critical mass, of citizens are stupid, vicious, or both?

    Poor Mike Judge must have worn a smooth place in his desk by now, beating his head against it. “I meant Idiocracy to be a comedy, and maybe a cautionary tale, but not a Madoka-damned INSTRUCTION MANUAL!”

    I look at my own people–non-elite white USAmericans–in particular, and I feel like Bythia in The Ten Commandments, watching the soldiers of her foolish nephew drown. Or like a dismayed Israelite, watching his fellows bowing to the Baals. Or an old Roman, watching the Republic give way to the Empire. Or an anti-Nazi German, watching his people adoring a monster…

    Happy Fourth! 😦

    • Oh, for Madoka’s sake. How did I twist Spammy’s knickers THIS time? 🙄

    • Spoken like a true authoritarian. People are too stupid to govern themselves. They need smart people (like you) to tell them what to do.

      • Very well, Niles–how do you suggest overcoming the problem of massive public stupidity, or do you disagree that the problem exists?

      • Oh, and apparently not all people are too stupid to govern themselves.

        The French faced a choice between a candidate who was imperfect–more conservative than one might wish–but sane, and a fascist loon backed by Putin. The French chose the imperfect, but sane, candidate over the Russian puppet.

        Many of the other Western democracies would never have elected a Covfefe, either.

        I doubt Germany would have elected a Covfefe, which speaks well of the de-Nazification efforts after V-E Day.

        If my Southland could have been truly “Reconstructed”, the USA (and indeed, the world) would be a far better place today. Unfortunately, the necessary expertise in psychology, and the mass communications technology which would have been necessary to disseminate it, simply did not exist in 1865–plus, I doubt that Northern taxpayers would have been willing to pay the costs of the occupation much longer than they did in actual history.

  2. To borrow, slightly paraphrased, a comment from Crooks and Liars:

    Even if we overcome the nitwits and vote a responsible Democrat into the Oval Office next time, the rest of the world will know that a critical mass of USAmericans are stupid enough to elect another Covfefe the next election after that one.

    How can the rest of humanity ever trust us again?

    • In any field of endeavor, progress made is incremental. Earth shattering things just don’t happen overnight (if they voted for Bernie, they won’t get their single payer or wall street ruin overnight and looking at Bernie, you probably won’t get anything, zero, nada, zilch). But ideologues have to ruin the prospects of any progress by hunkering down and help elect buffoon like people to power (Naderites did that, Berni bros did that — the ideal thing would have been for Bernie to recognize that he was not going to win anything and lead his supporters to warning what a danger Trump would be for the country but he didn’t do that, he went for revenge). Bernie bros are one end of the extreme and maybe tolerable in their intent (still questionable) but just as stupid in execution as their counterparts at the other end with whom we don’t want to even negotiate. Center, pragmatic politics, bi-partisan efforts, teamwork, a little introspection on what the purpose of the government is, will win the day.

  3. I will bet that he will be gone by next 4th of July. What do you all think?

    • *sigh* The link goes straight to the comments. You’ll need to scroll up.

  4. I think today is a good day for people to read this, especially those people who voted for the buffoon, intentionally or vengefully.

  5. Still all too relevant.

  6. Just putting this and one more from today or yesterday here for archival:

  7. And this:

  8. OK one more:

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