Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Students For Trump on Twitter
“Today Democrats are calling to abolish ICE. Tomorrow, they will be calling to abolish the police. Soon, they will be calling to abolish the military. Let’s defeat them in November.”

This is counterfactual -- the Democrats profit too much from the war machine to ever follow their principles and do the right thing.

Why does anyone think we need a military, much less the ridiculously huge Cadillac military we do have? Our government has already been captured by any evil forces we might want to defend ourselves against.

(Tweet dated 2018-06-30, found via a meme posted on Discord)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
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Text is:
HELP THE JOB CREATORS
HELP THEMSELVES
TO MORE
OF YOUR MONEY
Vote Republican Nov. 6

(It's supposed to be ironic.)

Also available for resharing on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Woozalia/status/1055871861249241089

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
Image/photo

What mystifies me is how they can still use that slogan now -- or even how anyone with enough money to pay for an advertising campaign like this can think that reminding people about "draining the swamp" will put Republicans in a positive light.

It's as if they live in an entirely different universe.

Maybe it's just trolling non-right-wingers? Trying to make sure we're angry enough to go vote, despite the obstacles many of us face? That seems plausible. I wish I'd been able to get a close enough shot to read the rest of the text; it seems to say something about who paid for the signs.

I saw a similar sign today on 15-501 Boulevard near I-40. It said "LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! VOTE CONSERVATIVE / REPUBLICAN", something like that.

...and, like, those guys have done nothing but let their voices be heard. We know full well all the absurd, fatuous, oblivious, harmful, and grossly inaccurate things they believe about reality. What else can they possibly do to make it any clearer how completely disconnected they are from any form of compassion or sensibility?

I'm sure someone will think of something for them to try.

(The full-size photo is here and you can see other photos from our Asheville trip here.)

Woozle Hypertwin
 Durham, NC,  
(Via @Valkyrie)
Betsy McCallBetsy McCall wrote the following post Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:19:29 -0400

And though we don’t really discuss it, the Democratic Party is a girl.

...by which the author means "not allowed to express rage, no matter how rationally justified, for fear of being ridiculed for weakness."

I wish this were true. The real situation is more complex, because there are a lot of different factions within any party -- especially one that isn't oriented towards uniformity and power-concentration like the Republicans.

The Democratic leadership is more like the younger brother whose older brother is abusive and domineering (and can get away with expressions of outrage because he has a lot of bully-friends who will beat up anyone who makes fun of him), and they see this as ultimately the only way to be cool -- but most of the time, they're too afraid to do it, so instead they find other smaller kids to marginalize in order to show how tough they are.

Democratic whistleblowers like Ford and Snowden (and countless others) are at best left to fend for themselves by the Dem leadership and at worst are actively opposed because they want to destroy concentrations of unaccountable power, while the Dem leadership just wants to take that unaccountable power for itself. Little brother wants to become big brother, not fight him. Little brother thinks whistleblowers and dissenters are girls and sissies and should just shut up and learn their place.

...and the rest of us tend to fall into two camps: either Dem party loyalists who can't see beyond the (true) fact that the Dems are orders of magnitude better than the Republicans, and will fight anyone in the other camp -- which sees that the Dems should be fighting for systemic reform rather than just fighting to be on top within that system, and who will refuse to fall in line behind any candidate who will just perpetuate that system, no matter how much more "politically feasible" they may be than a candidate who will at least try to reform it, because what's the point of supporting "meet the new boss, slightly better than but basically the same as the old boss"?

If the Dems are better than the Republicans, it's only because we refuse to accept that we're just competing with the Republicans for the same goal. The more the Dem leadership refuses to acknowledge this, refuses to support anger and rage against systemic injustice, the more they do become exactly like the Republicans and the less we can be bothered to support them.