Decline and Fall: Threats Unmasked

So I take a few months off from the blog to finish Frozen Orbit, and you guys just up and trash the place. Seriously, is everybody a Nazi now?

Apparently so, if by “Nazi” you mean “anyone who disagrees with the received leftist wisdom.” This is something we’ve always suspected, of course, but now one of their former leading lights finally burps up the truth in The UK Guardian:

“The lesson from Charlottesville is not how dangerous the neo-Nazis are. It is the unmasking of the Republican party leadership. In the wake of last weekend’s horror and tragedy, let us finally, finally rip off the veneer that Trump’s affinity for white supremacy is distinct from the Republican agenda of voter suppression, renewed mass incarceration and the expulsion of immigrants.”

So we can add the following to Orwell’s NewSpeak Dictionary:

Voter Suppression: Preventing noncitizens, dead people, and other illegally registered voters from nullifying the votes of everyone else.

Mass Incarceration: Sending felons to live in prison with other felons.

Expulsion of Immigrants: Deportation of people who are in our country illegally.

Got that? See how they manipulate the language in order to manipulate your feelings?

To be fair, I can’t blame him for trying to score a few easy points against the Stupid Party by using Trump’s own clumsy words. But this is just vile, and the ignorant twatwaffle Former Senator deserves to have his “arguments” picked apart.

However there just ain’t much there, so I’ll hit the high points (such as they are)…

Gerrymandering, strict voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement are all aimed at one outcome: a voting class that is predominantly white, and in turn majority Republican.”

Oh for…“felon disenfranchisement,” that’s a hoot! Just set aside the fact that they disenfranchised themselves by deciding to become said felons. I might have more sympathy for this argument if we were in fact locking up innocents by the millions, but the reality here is his party has been relying on the minority vote for so long that they don’t know how to win elections without them outside of the West Coast and Northeast. They’re now facing their worst nightmare: all it would take is for ten or fifteen percent to realize just how bad they’ve been played, and the Dems are well and truly screwed.

A good start would be with voting rights. Let’s see lawmakers like John Kasich in Ohio immediately stop the state’s intended purging of voting records.”

Corollary One to the previous point: if we were also to remove the phantom votes they’ve been relying on for generations (cough-Illinois-cough) and the end result would be devastating. I guarantee you they wouldn’t care about this issue if it didn’t directly threaten them. I live in Ohio, and I’m all for getting the undead and illegally immigrated off the voter rolls. Doesn’t mean Kasich isn’t any less of a putz.

Let’s see Wisconsin lawmakers throw out their gerrymandered district map and form a non-partisan redistricting commission.”

Yeah, about that…let’s see them complain as loudly about gerrymandering whenever the lines are drawn in their favor. Honestly, this debate is as old as our republic. How about we actually practice Federalism and let Wisconsin decide how to draw their own districts? It’s your state, Senator, get to work. Maybe you’ll leave the rest of us alone then.

Identity politics is divisive by nature and inherently dangerous, but it is only part of what led to Charlottesville and our present crisis. When you redefine Nazi to mean “anyone who doesn’t support my politics” with the knowledge that a violent wing of your party is just itching to mix it up with “Nazis,” then what are we supposed to think?

Be very careful what you wish for; it might not turn out the way you hope.

One Reply to “Decline and Fall: Threats Unmasked”

  1. Regarding gerrymandering, at least to me that argument of theirs might (in some bizarro alternatie universe, admittedly) hold more water if it weren’t for districts like IL-4 and other similar “minority majority” districts formed primarily because while white Republicans are willing to vote for black Republicans for office positions (neither Ben Carson nor Herman Cain were laughed out of their respective primaries, f’rex, while white David Duke was resoundingly mocked in his 1992 attempt), white Democrats are unwilling to vote for black Democrat candidates.

    But it’s Republicans that are the racists…

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