Counter Regressive

"Conservatives" in the classic sense are a rare breed these days. The Republican party has been taken over by "regressives" who use their narrow interpretation of religion and the Constitution to serve their own needs. It is the duty of every progressive to speak up and stand against these regressives if we want our society to grow and our children to be successful.

And remember - "liberal" is not a dirty word. After all, the Founding Fathers were actually the liberals of their day.

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I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro [snip] because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do? They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.

Cliven Bundy, human-shaped piece of shit.

This thief and welfare queen just went full racist. I like the “they put their men in jail” line. Yes, black people put themselves in jail without any help from institutional racism. And this slave-era “family life” white racists refer to is just the fucking height of evil absurdity. 

The saddest, and most maddening, part is that there are people that agree with this walking shitstain and they are employed by large media outlets that portray Bundy as a “patriot” and “hero”.

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…contrary to what the Ayn Rand followers or the Rush Limbaugh acolytes will tell you, the American Dream is not to be richer than Croesus, although that’s certainly one of the appeals of the American system. Most Americans are practical sorts and to them it is the dream of middle class security —- a house of your own, a good job, the chance to educate your children well and retire with dignity. Those things are becoming out of reach for more and more of us. Young people are in debt, middle aged people are squeezed by the need to care for their parents and their children, and the elderly are living longer with less. Workers aren’t as physically mobile as their parents were, burdened with homes they cannot sell and their freedom curtailed by a job market that forces them to cling to work they hate for fear of not finding anything better. The idea of an average person starting a business feels like a suicidal leap without a net.

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Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy’s remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’

bspolitics:

Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans for willingly submiting to dependency on federal assistance.

“They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton,” Bundy was quoted as saying to a group of supporters last Saturday. “And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Bundy’s statements about “the Negro,” published on Wednesday, were made during his daily speech to supporters outside Bunkerville, Nevada, where a crowd gathered to support him in defiance of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) during an attempted round up of his cattle. The confrontation was the result of Bundy’s refusal to pay grazing fees on federally-owned land for more than 20 years, in spite of multiple court rulings against him. Bundy has stated on several occasions that he does not recognize the existence of the federal government.

During the speech, Bundy said he remembered driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, which he called a “government house” with “always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch” with nothing to do.

The remarks brought about a quick rebuke from Chandler Smith, a spokesperson for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Heller had previously called Bundy and his supporters “patriots” for their actions and challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) description of them as “domestic terrorists.”

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This guy, folks.

This guy who has been grazing his cattle on public land and not paying for it. This guy and his supporters who pointed guns at federal officials, wants to blame black people for being “moochers”.

As someone in the comment section said over at Raw Story, this is what entitlement looks like.

The absurdity of this whole thing blows my mind.

While republican politicians are backing off with their support, mark my word, this won’t mean a thing to many of the “average folks” supporting him.

I’ve already seen several conservatives in web forums saying he’s right.

Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital.

Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans? No, of course not.

So what’s the difference between the fictional loser and Cliven Bundy, the rancher in Nevada who owes the government about $1 million and has been grazing his cattle on public land for more than 20 years? Near as I can tell, one wears a cowboy hat.

Deadbeat on the Range - Timothy Egan, NYTimes.com (via thingspeopleasklibrarians)

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liberalsarecool:

US Workers Were Once Massacred Fighting for the Protections Being Rolled Back Today:

On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard and a private militia employed by the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I) opened fire on a tent camp of striking coal miners at Ludlow, Colo. At least 19 people died in the camp that day, mostly women and children.
A century later, the bloody incident might seem a relic of the distant past, but the Ludlow Massacre retains a powerful, disturbing and growing relevance to the present. After a century of struggling against powerful interests to make American workplaces safer and corporations responsive to their employees, the US is rapidly returning to the conditions of rampant exploitation that contributed to Ludlow.

Corporations HAVE ALWAYS and WILL ALWAYS be against the worker. Go back to any point in time and there is a worker being exploited.
Human rights and the environment under constant corporate attack assisted by conservatives. Just look at the Republican-appointed justices rolling back the decades of protective and prudent legislation to empower the billionaire corporate class.
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liberalsarecool:

US Workers Were Once Massacred Fighting for the Protections Being Rolled Back Today:

On April 20, 1914, the Colorado National Guard and a private militia employed by the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company (CF&I) opened fire on a tent camp of striking coal miners at Ludlow, Colo. At least 19 people died in the camp that day, mostly women and children.

A century later, the bloody incident might seem a relic of the distant past, but the Ludlow Massacre retains a powerful, disturbing and growing relevance to the present. After a century of struggling against powerful interests to make American workplaces safer and corporations responsive to their employees, the US is rapidly returning to the conditions of rampant exploitation that contributed to Ludlow.

Corporations HAVE ALWAYS and WILL ALWAYS be against the worker. Go back to any point in time and there is a worker being exploited.

Human rights and the environment under constant corporate attack assisted by conservatives. Just look at the Republican-appointed justices rolling back the decades of protective and prudent legislation to empower the billionaire corporate class.

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a-sulk-of-english-majors:

gaywrites:

Mississippi recently passed a law allowing businesses to deny LGBT people on religious grounds, but some business owners aren’t having it. Hundreds of businesses throughout the state are displaying these stickers in their windows to demonstrate their commitment to equality. It’s part of “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling,” a campaign by Equality Mississippi and 30 local businesses to combat harmful effects of the religious freedom bill. Yes, yes, yes. Mississippians, look for this when you shop. (via The Advocate)

"Mississippi recently passed a law allowing businesses to deny LGBT people on religious grounds."
Why is Mississippi the worst?  

a-sulk-of-english-majors:

gaywrites:

Mississippi recently passed a law allowing businesses to deny LGBT people on religious grounds, but some business owners aren’t having it. Hundreds of businesses throughout the state are displaying these stickers in their windows to demonstrate their commitment to equality. It’s part of “If You’re Buying, We’re Selling,” a campaign by Equality Mississippi and 30 local businesses to combat harmful effects of the religious freedom bill. Yes, yes, yes. Mississippians, look for this when you shop. (via The Advocate)

"Mississippi recently passed a law allowing businesses to deny LGBT people on religious grounds."

Why is Mississippi the worst?  

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