A NextDoor Conversation in Suffolk, Virginia

This is where I live. I retyped for you a conversation from NextDoor, which is a neighborhood-based social media service that’s supposed to be non-political. This is from the Liberty Spring neighborhood in Suffolk Virginia. Emphasis mine.

Person1
Your political arguments: I said this earlier on a political post where my friends and neighbors were arguing, but it was deleted.

Don’t believe the media. Everything we see and hear is being controlled. This is what they want. United we stand but divided we fall. We are all family. Love your neighbor and forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Do not pass judgement. You can’t control what people are brainwashed by(sic). Just trust God, he has a plan and I believe he will bring us all back together.

Person2
Amen Sister!

Person3
I agree! Always remember, God is in Control. It is his will. I just pray, people will know him and turn to him. These are trying times! The media is corrupt. I agree, don’t be brainwashed.

Person4
Ironic

Person2
What’s ironic?

Person4
@person3 talking about being brainwashed by the media while in the same breath throwing the “word of god” around.

Person5
If you still believe media as truthful well then I’m lost for words.Well said.

Person6
We are to forgive and GOD is in control, however, GOD also gives us the discernment between right and wrong. There are good consequences and bad consequences depending your decision(s).

Person7
Amen!

If they where…

Recently, I waited for hours in a hospital waiting room while my appendix was rupturing.  My wife and I joke about how if I were Black, we would have assumed that I would have been treated better if I were White.  So I don’t always agree with “If they were Black” or “If they were White” hypotheticals. 

But to look at these pictures and imagine that these smirking terrorists would be treated about the same had they been Black would simply be absurd.  I challenge anyone to look at these gleeful criminals defiling our nation’s capital as police look on, some laughing with them, and tell me that they would have been treated about as well if they were Black

Pack it

The reason I would have been reluctant to pack the Supreme Court is fear of setting a precedent. It would have been the idea that if we do this, then they’ll do that, and we don’t want to start down that path.

That fear is nullified because I no longer believe that any restraint on the part of Democrats will influence Republicans. No courtesy that we extend will be reflected in kind. No attempt to preserve our norms and traditions will make Republicans regard those norms and traditions with reverence.

Quoting a friend on social media

“We should expect nothing but bare-knuckled realpolitik from Republicans from now on; we have to stop being shocked. This is the reality of the GOP moving forward. Nothing is sacred to them, even the sanctity of the vote or the stability of the republic.”

https://mastodon.social/@monkeyborg

Some Republicans still put the United States above Trumpism, but they no longer drive the party. It is no longer an exaggeration that Trump could shoot someone on 5th Avenue. They are murdering us in the streets.

I no longer fear setting dangerous precedents with Republicans. Now I fear not setting them.

I don’t care about whining Trump supporters

Every now and then I have the urge to waste my time and look into an accusation that Trump supporters make about Democrats playing unfairly. They’re making accusations now to justify their attempts to stop the count of legally cast votes. Occasionally, their accusations have some grain of truth.

But I remember birtherism. I remember Ted Cruz boasting about shutting down the government and then denying he did so. I remember that Donald Trump is the most dishonest and corrupt president in American history, who has told thousands of lies while profiting from his office. I remember Trump’s central campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall, and how when that didn’t happen Republicans supported him declaring a bullshit national emergency so he can steal money from the military to build it. I remember him breaking an explicit promise to the Dreamers because he wasn’t happy with how many American tax dollars were going into his fucking wall. I remember how Republicans blocked hearings for Merrick Garland over a bullshit rule that they made up about not seating a Supreme Court justice in an election year, and how they broke that rule with fanfare and glee by pushing through Amy Coney Barrett, one of the most unqualified Supreme Court justices in recent history only a month before an election so she can support Trump if tries to win by cheating.

It’s time for me to stop giving a fuck about the accusations of Trump supporters any more. It’s time for me stop wondering if there’s a grain of truth in their lies. We’ve had more than four years of non-stop lies, corruption, and some of the dirtiest tricks ever played by an American political party. Some Republicans have been so disgusted by their own party that they’ve turned on Trump and his supporters. Those Republicans still have some credibility. Trump supporters have none.

A Few Reminders about How Much Donald Trump Loves America and American Heroes

Donald Trump took no action with intelligence that a Russian spy agency was paying the Taliban to kill American troops

Donald Trump threatened to veto military pay in order to defend Confederate base names

Donald Trump spent most of Memorial Weekend 2020 golfing and tweeting Insults

Donald Trump ordered thousands of National Guard members home just one day before they would qualify for education and retirement benefits

Donald Trump took money from the military to pay for his border wall

Donald Trump vilified and fired Purple Heart recipient Lt. Col. Vindman for telling the truth under oath about Trump’s “perfect” phone call

Donald Trump lied to all of the men and women serving their country when he said he was the first to sign a pay raise in 10 years

Donald Trump took a year and 11 months to finally, reluctantly, visit the troops in combat zones.

Donald Trump referred to fallen American military members as “losers” and “suckers”

Donald Trump failed to visit the American Cemetery in France during an Armistice Day trip, and failed to visit Arlington when he returned, on Veterans Day

Donald Trump, after not visiting the troops for months, sent Vice President Pence to lie to them about who’s putting their pay in jeopardy during a government shutdown

Donald Trump’s assault on the VA has exacerbated long-standing difficulties in hiring, leaving the VA with almost 50,000 vacancies

Donald Trump Discussed Submarine Locations with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte

Donald Trump publicly insulted and argued with the mother and father of fallen soldier Captain Humayun Khan

Donald Trump insulted John McCain for having been captured in Vietnam

Donald Trump belittled real soldiers with a stupid joke about his “Personal Vietnam”

More about Donald Trump’s Insults and Abuses of the Heroes who Defend America

What Nobody Else Says About Trump (but I think I’m right about this)

Donald Trump makes big bets that he usually wins, but sometimes are disastrous.

As a businessman, when he wins, he cheats his taxes, takes the profit, and brags about how smart he is. When he loses, he declares bankruptcy, other people lose their jobs and investments, and he brags about how smart he is.

As a president, when he wins, America does well, anti-Trumpers like me get frustrated, and Trump brags about how smart he is. When he loses, hundreds of thousands of Americans die, millions more lose their income, Trump blames everyone else, and he brags about how smart he is.

Williams Would be Great on City Council. I’m voting for Milteer

I like LeOtis Williams. I’ve supported him in the past when he ran for delegate and I’ll probably support him in future political endeavors. He’s a successful businessman, a philanthropist, and a popular figure in Suffolk. But he shouldn’t be in the race for the Whaleyville seat for Suffolk city council this year.

Given an electorate’s first, second, and third choice, our electoral system often elects the third. This year, that third choice will be Mike Britt, the overtly Republican candidate for Whaleyville.

City council candidates don’t run on party tickets in Virginia, but that rule has become nothing more than a technicality lately. Whaleyville votes almost 2 to 1 for the Democrat. But this year that 2 is going to be split between Williams and Curtis Milteer.

Curtis Milteer has been Whaleyville’s councilman for as long as most of his constituents can remember. Some people are saying it’s time for him to step aside and let someone younger take over. I agree, but Milteer isn’t stepping aside yet and he still has support among constituents who think he’s been good for the borough. I believe that support includes some Republicans. Milteer will lose some votes to Williams but he might still have enough to hold on to his incumbency. Williams, on the other hand, might get enough votes to beat Milteer, but he’s not going to beat Milteer and Britt. Too many Republicans are going vote for Britt and too many of Milteer’s loyalists will vote for Milteer.

And that’s going leave us with Republicans once again cheering and saying, “The people have spoken” as they seat a representative who doesn’t represent the people.

This is a redistricting year which means it’s a bad year to loose a borough to Republicans. Curtis Milteer has been doing a fine job for many years and I have faith he can keep going for a little longer. The chances of a Democrat winning if they split their vote is diminished, but Milteer has a better chance of holding on than Williams has of beating him and Britt together. My vote is too important to throw away. I’m voting for Milteer.

(note, I accidentally posted this while I was still drafting, and the earlier version had incorrect information)

Fuck you, that’s why.

If you could find an honest Republican and ask why it’s OK to push a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg right now, that honest Republican would say, “Fuck you, that’s why”

In early 2016, McConnell said he would not give Merrick Garland his confirmation proceedings because, he argued, voters should get to decide through the presidential election. He has repeatedly reversed his own standard and said he would fill a vacancy under Trump, even in an election year.

His intent to move ahead came despite Ginsburg’s dying wish. In a posthumous statement released to NPR, Ginsburg said: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.”

McConnell has rationalized his decision by saying the standards were different because the White House and the Senate were controlled by different parties in 2016, which is not the case this year.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-trump-mcconnell-ginsburg/2020/09/18/5aafafc8-fa0a-11ea-a275-1a2c2d36e1f1_story.html

It does not matter what bullshit excuse Mitch McConnell or any other lying Republican comes up with for reversing their position. Anything other than “Fuck you” is a lie.

For those who just arrived from distant planets, just four years ago Republicans blocked Obama’s nomination for Supreme Court, claiming that it was too close to an election and the people should have a chance to speak before a nominee is heard. Now we’re much closer to an election than we were back then, and they are ramming through a replacement because they doubt they’ll get the chance after the people have spoken.

Lying is the natural state of Republicans. It’s a requirement for politicians of a party designed to prevent economic mobility which needs votes from people who think they’ll succeed if they work hard. It’s a requirement for voters who support a lying, philandering, draft dodging, executive order issuing, Constitution breaking, police state supporting, hero insulting, dictator loving, “king of debt“, criminal president after pretending for decades that these are the reasons they hate Democrats.

Republicans have always been dishonest, but they used to have some dignity and love for our nation. All that’s left now is lying politicians stringing along racists and ignoramuses while they tighten their grip on power despite the majority of the electorate wanting them out.

Hypocrisy has also been a requirement for Republicans, but they’ve sunk to a new depth now.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s deathbed wish was a request for Republicans to stick to their own stated principals. They’re response is “Fuck you.”

During the Obama years, Pat Leahy who was the chair of the Senate Judicial Committee, boasted about letting the Republican minority have a say in judicial appointments, respecting Senate tradition. Republicans used that courtesy and their own dirty tricks to prevent Obama from filling judicial vacancies. Now, that courtesy is out the window, and Republicans are filling vacancies that they held open while they were the minority. Trump calls these vacancies “golden nuggets” and pretends to wonder why Obama didn’t fill them.

To Republicans, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a beloved Supreme Court icon, is a big golden nugget. They have no respect for her legacy and no consideration for her dying wish, even if that wish is simply a request for a moment of decent, honest behavior.

Lying Republicans are on social media explaining that it’s in keeping with rules to seat a Supreme Court justice right before an election, and even using Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words to back them up. They’re playing tricks. Just four years ago they said the opposite of what they’re saying now and anyone who supports this for any reason other than “Fuck you” is a lying hypocrite no matter what the rules are.

Removing Monuments to Oppression is the American Thing To Do

Scientific American: The History behind the King George III Statue Meme: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/the-history-behind-the-king-george-iii-statue-meme/

Slate: How Did We Treat Monuments to White Supremacists When They Weren’t Our White Supremacists?: https://slate.com/culture/2017/08/read-the-allied-order-to-destroy-nazi-monuments-in-germany.html

Wikipedia: Firdos Square statue destruction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firdos_Square_statue_destruction

Image: Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, N.Y.C., (c. 1859): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowling_Green_(New_York_City)#/media/File:Johannes_Adam_Simon_Oertel_Pulling_Down_the_Statue_of_King_George_III,_N.Y.C._ca._1859.jpg