Monday, May 7, 2018

Judenrein America

This past weekend, a potential candidate was removed from the California GOP convention. The guy had been running with about 39% of the vote in assorted polls, but the GOP officials removed him, they said, because Patrick Little had never been a member of the party, and because his platform was unacceptable. 

All things considered, that had to be some platform if the GOP found it unacceptable. 

It was pretty simple, pretty basic in a racist, bigoted sorta way. His platform is a Judenrein America. 

Now there's a word you don't hear every day. It means cleansed of Jews and Jewish presence. You read that right. His platform is based on a Jew-free America. 

Go google him. Go read the platform. It's out there. It's real. And while support for his positions is actually marginal, there is support for his thinking. More than you might realize.

On the other side of the country, there's another race that baffles me. Don Blankenship is running for the GOP Senate nomination in West Virginia. This is a guy who, as CEO of Massey, a mining company, was known to be abusive to his corporate headquarters employees, and ultimately went to jail for creating unsafe conditions in his mines...which included an explosion in one on April 5th, 2010:
In March 2013, at a plea hearing in a federal court, Blankenship was directly implicated in conspiring to skirt safety regulations. A former Massey Energy official accused Blankenship of conspiring and plotting to hide safety violations from federal safety inspectors. The implication was that Blankenship would order his officials to warn mine operators when the federal inspectors were coming for "surprise" visits, and to quickly cover up any safety violations.                                                          Wikipedia: Don Blankenship
Feckless Leader is tweeting furiously to rally the masses against Blankenship which, if that works as well as it did in supporting Roy Moore in Alabama, insures Blankenship's place on the ticket.

But here's the part I don't get: why would the people of West Virginia, the heart and soul of mining country, vote for a guy who committed the worst possible crime in that state, resulting in the murder of 38 miners? Why would they vote against their own self-interest and send a guy to the senate who just doesn't give a flying fuck about them?

But this blog episode isn't about either race; it's really about the condition of this nation that makes those races possible. And supportable. 

May 6, 2018. Bruce Omori , EPA
Judenrein America isn't news. It's been around a long time. Like blood libels. Like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It exists and most of American ignores it. Still, it simmers under the surface like the lava flow of Kilauea. Eventually a fissure occurs and something truly terrifying pops molten lava or Patrick Little. Both are toxic...and tourists still flock to gawk at both. I don't think this kind of thinking was so blatant 2 years ago, and while it's disgusting and disturbing, maybe it's not such a bad thing that we are reminded this stuff exists in the real world. Maybe we were getting a little too complacent?

Whatever the reality in your world is, the reality in the bigger American world is that antisemitism, bigotry, and racism have not gone away. Despite the election of President Obama, we are not living in post-racial America. And we are not living in Jew-okay America either. And for the most part, CEO's don't give a damn about their workers, the environment, or research. They are in it for the money, the power, and the prestige. 

And on a slight side-bar: was anyone upset when Feckless referred to the DoJ as my Department of Justice?  When he called Fox and Friends last Thursday, he said:
“I’ve taken this position that I will not be involved with the justice department...I’m very disappointed in my justice department. I may change my mind at some point because what’s going on is a disgrace; it’s an absolute disgrace.”
Since when is it his justice department? I just about jumped outta my skin when I heard that. It struck me as an exceptionally dangerous insight into Feckless Leader's thinking. Talk about dog whistles! 

If we continue to ignore the warning signs emitted by the White House, we are in real and serious danger. Here are but four traditional warning signs that appear when a government its moving toward authoritarianism:

  1. Systematic efforts to intimidate the media
  2. Politicizing the civil service, military, National Guard, or the domestic security agencies
  3. Stacking the Supreme Court
  4. Fear-mongering/demonizing the opposition
The real revolution is yet to come....but is is coming and it's not gonna be pretty.

The Wifely Person's Tip o'the Week
If you live in ISD 197, go vote YES on the school referendum.
The NO mailer you got was produced and sent illegally, inaccurate, 
and a passel of misinformation. 
Protect our kids; upgrade our schools. The changes are long overdue. 

1 comment:

  1. Scary stuff. Thank you for bringing it to my att'n