Progressives: This is your wake up call

To all my fellow progressives, liberals, wannabe social democrats, and disgruntled Bernie supporters:

Time (actually far past the time) for some tough love. Time for us to pull our collective heads out of our assess.

Republicans control everything because of us. Yes, us, and it’s probably not for the reasons you want to tell yourself. It’s not those evil corporate Democrats.

It’s you and me.

Here’s the reality.

1) I can’t vote for candidates who don’t run, and neither can you.

Stop insisting that the Democratic Party “give us” progressive candidates we want or else. It doesn’t work like that. Please stop making that idiotic demand. You’re making all of us look stupid. If you don’t like who’s on the ballot, run for office yourself; otherwise, please shut the fuck up about “corporate” Democrats controlling who is on the ballot. You need to vote for Democrats as the only way to beat Republicans. (I’m going to get to your roiling self-righteous outrage and indignation in a minute.)

2) Any Democrat is better than any Republican any day.

Does this even need to be explained? Do you honestly believe that Democrats and Republicans are the same? If you do, you need to know that is just about as intellectually dishonest a position as one can take. I’m asking you again to shut the fuck up because claiming that both Parties are the same is even dumber than believing that the Democratic Party hand-picks corporate candidates, or that you’re “punishing” anyone but the most vulnerable among us by self-righteously refusing to vote for a Democrat.

3) Less evil is always better than more evil.

When were elections ever not this choice? Seriously. I’ve been voting for longer than most of you have probably been alive. No, it’s not optimal, but what is in life? And, you need to pay very close attention to this – you will NOT change this reality by not voting or by throwing your vote away by not voting for the only Party in today’s reality that can beat Republicans, and that’s the Democratic Party. If this isn’t convincing enough, ask people in the LGBTQ community and refugee families and people of color and women and American Muslims and environmental activists and Planned Parenthood and just about anyone who isn’t an aging cisgender white Evangelical if they think Democrats are just as evil as Republicans.

4) When did a scorched Earth become a progressive value?

This one is especially directed at all my fellow middle class and doing-ok white liberals from the Baby Boomer Generation. Haven’t we fucked up this world enough already? Now you want to pat yourself on the back for not supporting “corporate” Democrats regardless of the fact that that just about guarantees more Republican scorched Earth? Is that the world we want to bequeath? We stay fat, dumb, and self-righteous in our suburban homes banging away on our keyboards and thumping our chests in so-called progressive Facebook Groups, too selfish and too egotistical to worry about others in distress today – right now – to do what’s necessary to salvage what’s left of this country and this planet by first stopping the Republican destruction.

5) We progressives and liberals continue to be our own worst enemies thanks to our inability to unite.

Instead of banding together to defeat Republicans, we waste our time and energy arguing with each other about who “deserves” our vote and how we need to “punish” the Democrats for not being progressive enough.

There are no perfect progressives.
There are no perfect candidates.
If there are any, they aren’t running for office where I live.

We need to start voting in unity in every election the way conservatives do. It’s the only way to defeat Republicans, and that’s all that matters in November. Nothing. Else. Matters. Now.

We can only move this country toward a more progressive future by first defeating Republicans the only way possible, and that’s to vote for Democrats.

That is how we start winning battles.

That is how we win the war.

Then we can go back to arguing over who is the more corporate and who is the more progressive politician.

Have Trump supporters finally become a cult?

“The faithful will set the leader up on a pedestal and declare him to be wonderful, and the leader (who needs and likes the adulation) will encourage their hero-worship.”

Cult

I’ve been seeing and hearing the word ‘cult’ a lot today. I decided to do some reading.

I’m hoping, as I have been for over 2 years, that Trump supporters who see this will explain why they support him, and maybe tell us why their support and admiration for him is not a cult of personality.

What’s a cult?

Here’s how the National Catholic Register describes it:

1. the first sign of a cult: everything is too wonderful and everyone is ready to tell you how wonderful it all is.

2. the leader may simply have an inside circle of friends and confidantes who nobody really knows

3. complete loyalty is demanded of the followers. Dissent and criticism are not permitted.

4. A fourth characteristic of a group that has become a cult or is behaving in a cult-like manner is that there will be a persecution complex.

 

I’m an atheist, so I don’t agree with everything prescribed in this article as antidote, but I do agree with their definition of a cult.

And, yes, I think it’s just about impossible to see anyone who still supports Trump as anything but behaving like a member of a cult. It truly does seem at this point to be cult-like worship of Trump.

So, again and as I’ve been doing for years, I’m asking the Trump supporters who see this to share their views.

And given this article, I’d especially like to hear from the Catholics who support him.

MSNBC and FOX News are donuts and fries

To my fellow liberals, lefties, and progressives, we all know what total jokes InfoWars, The Blaze, RedState, Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and Fox are.

That is no less true about Occupy Democrats, Forward Progressives, and to only a marginally lesser degree for Alternet, Daily Kos, and HuffPo.

Stop posting their bullshit, and join me in subscribing to – yes, spending actual money on – fact-based reporting from The Washington Post, Politico, PBS, and NPR; otherwise, you’re just contributing to the problem by spreading at the least “selective or incomplete” stories guilty of “unfair persuasion” and at the worst, outright propaganda.

Set the example for everyone, but especially for conservatives.

Become committed to being more “Info Fit.”

“We’ve come to the collective realization as a society that the consequence of unhealthy food consumption is an obesity epidemic. I submit that the consequence of unhealthy information consumption is an extreme polarization epidemic. We are polarized because so many of us are consuming such high quantities of low-quality, highly-biased information.”

“Most of MSNBC and FOX News are donuts and fries. They are ok in small quantities every once in a while, but for the love of God don’t sit and consume those all day.”

Source: Junk Food and Junk News: The Case for “Information Fitness”

OpenSources.co

Readers are also encouraged to review OpenSources.co

“OpenSources is a curated resource for assessing online information sources, available for public use. Websites in this resource range from credible news sources to misleading and outright fake websites. Headed by Melissa Zimdars of Merrimack College, our research team is dedicated to preserving the integrity and enhancing the transparency of information on the internet.”

Here’s how OpenSources rates some of the above….

theblaze.com:  political clickbait

breitbart.com:  political unreliable bias

dailycaller.com:  political clickbait bias a weird mix of info. they link to extremely biased sites (as sources) and more reliable/balanced sources

occupydemocrats.com:  clickbait bias unreliable

dailykos.com:  political clickbait

We’ve been here before

If you need a reminder about what happened then: “Protesters in California block busloads of immigrant children and families”; Washington Post, July 2, 2014

 
People have a way of showing their true colors. American conservatives for the most part have been doing that my whole life.

Want to change the world?

Then start by making sure your vote cancels out an opposing Republican vote and that your vote isn’t wasted…… no…….. worse than wasted……. that it doesn’t help to ensure more Republican rule at any level of government.

Because, like it or not, that’s the world we live in now, and this is how it works for now.

We’ll never get to the social, political, and economic changes we on the left want so long as Republicans are in charge. There’s only way to change that, and there’s only one Party today capable of bringing about that change.

So, let’s unify behind one strategy and the one and only Party as of now who can help us to win the war against conservative ideology by first winning the battles we actually can win like the Congressional midterms.

There are two and only two choices in November. Two.

Peaceful protesting and voting is how we’ll change the travesty that is Trump and the GOP. The question is can and will the left put aside their differences to bring about that change?

Trump supporters are a minority of the voting populace. Remember, he lost the popular vote by over 3 million.

His and the GOP’s defeat begins in November and rests solely with the rest of us uniting to replace Republicans everywhere and at every level of government.

We all have to register to vote, and we all have to show up for every election; from township boards to school boards to borough mayors, and from city and county councils to state and federal elections every time and for every office.

Hold your nose if you must, but stop being childish about the choices on offer and the reality that is the present day two-party system.

If you don’t show up to vote and if you don’t vote for Democrats, you are helping to ensure that we’ll continue to have Republican rule that is, at this point in our history more than ever, about authoritarianism.

It won’t get better – and it will only get worse – if we don’t unite to change it.

I’ll be pressing one button and one button only this November.

What will you be doing?