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By jazz_music follow jazz_music   2019 Jul 21, 1:14pm 440 views   8 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    

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• Sen. Paul tried to stop funding for 911 First Responders.
• The EPA won’t ban a pesticide associated with health problems in children.
• They do this while offering tax cuts for the rich and trying to take away the healthcare of ordinary Americans.

@SmartDissent points out that this is what the GOP does when they have power.

It’s called “Sadopopulism.” (Term coined by @TimothyDSnyder ) [ the deliberate administration of pain ]

SadoPopulism comes to us from Russia. It was perfected by Putin and used by America’s far right wing.

Sadopopulism explains how oligarchs—those who seek both power and wealth—seize power and stay in power.

Think how much human suffering will be inflicted on the population by policies that:

• Cause health problems in children,
• Leave wounded heroes (and their children) in poverty,
• Deny healthcare to millions,
• Pump money into powerful corporations and billionaires, etc.
• A talking point with Fox-Trump-GOP is that we can’t let in refugees because we’re already too crowded and we don’t have enough resources for ordinary Americans.

A country in which all people prosper and share equally in the wealth can’t make this argument.

So the leader deprives people of resources and then says, “we don’t have enough to go around.”

“We don’t have enough resources to share with newcomers,” say the billionaires as they seize all the resources, make themselves richer, and inflict suffering on millions.

Sadopopulism is deceptively simple. Enact policies that hurt people, and then direct the resulting pain and anger against the enemies.

“How can people be that dumb?” you ask.

It isn’t dumb. It makes perfect sense if you prefer a hierarchy to true democracy.

The followers of the Fox-Trump-GOP get it.

They know Trump and pals are enriching themselves at their expense.

The same thing happened in slave days.

Poor whites in the South largely supported slavery even though they were harmed by it (they had to compete with free labor).

They liked the hierarchy because they benefited—not as much as those at the top, of course. But they could feel superior to those at the bottom.

Also, because wealth and power was limited to white men, the poor Southern voters (only men could vote) believed they could rise.

Enter Trump: The strongman who hurts the “enemies.”

NYT reporter Maggie Haggerman explained that Trump’s base “thrills at his fights with the establishment, seeing him as warrior against self-satisfied elites who look down on many Americans.”

The Fox-Trump-GOP offers their followers something they want more than economic advantages: return to the hierarchy (which means limiting democracy)

They also want “protection” from their “enemies,”and the thrill of hurting their enemies.

The “enemies” are those trying to expand liberal democracy. You can’t have both: A hierarchy and a true liberal democracy. It must be one or the other.

This is why scholar Christopher Browning calls Mitch McConnell the “gravedigger” of democracy.

“But wait!” you say. “Isn’t Rand Paul a libertarian? What does libertarianism have to do with Russian tactics?”

Remember last summer when Paul met Russian leaders in Moscow and invited them to the US?

Recall, Kislyak was in the Oval Office on 5-10-17 when Trump bragged about firing Comey.

‏He is also the guy Flynn was talking to a month before Trump took office when secretly negotiating with the Russians about sanctions.

Senator McCain has accused Rand of working for Putin.

Russia state TV declared Rand a Russian “loyalist” because he voted against sanctions, supported Trump’s performance at Helsinki, etc.

Rand Paul knows exactly what he’s doing.

The easiest way to take America back to a white patriarchy is with Russia’s help.
1   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 21, 1:43pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

We are offered sadopopulism now.

Pain gets banked and then used as a resource.

You can direct this resource to people who get defined as enemy. Insult them. You are better than the "them"

The future is worse. You want some else to hurt worse. The government can do nothing but administer pain.

Recognizing this canard is your power along with looking toward the future instead of back at some greatness in the past.
2   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 21, 2:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Do you see it yet?

Trump said he wouldn’t be like “every other Republican.” He is.

All you need is an "enemy" to blame this on
3   Onvacation   ignore (6)   2019 Jul 21, 2:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
The easiest way to take America back to a white patriarchy is with Russia’s help.

Do you still believe Trump, not Hillary, colluded with Russia despite ALL of the evidence to the contrary.
4   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Jul 21, 3:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Onvacation says
Do you still believe Trump, not Hillary
Is that your favorite talking point today? Why? Did you just come from some right wing shit fountain that got you all fired up?

Well, that is off topic.

I am not the subject here.

And I just recently put more of you on ignore because you don't give a shit about whether your comments contribute ANYTHING to the discussion. Moderators too even, like wookie.

I guess you are virtue signaling to the angry mob.
5   Onvacation   ignore (6)   2019 Jul 21, 3:06pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
Well, that is off topic.

It was your topic!
6   marcus   ignore (12)   2019 Jul 21, 4:36pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

jazz_music says
some right wing shit fountain

Haha. Right wing shit fountain. I might have to use that.
7   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Aug 28, 1:37pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

marcus says
Right wing shit fountain
It's amazing the way the billions create a wealthy man's version of reality, so that now even reality has become partisan thing, utterly neutralizing the electorate into those who believe the heavily funded mainstream and those who question it.

While completely indoctrinating followers are still decrying that the news is left wing, fact checkers are left wing.

If your version of "facts" exist because of billionaire right wing activists, almost always libertarians, any real fact outside that cult is going to be branded as left wing. Unfunded version of reality is therefore left wing.

Here you got not just PACs but also dark money pipelines from the GLOBAL Atlas network channeling billions all to manipulate people into alternate facts, climate change denial, economic untruths using institutes and think tanks and faux newsy cable channels and web sites all synced to promote GOP talking points and now every fact has an evil doppelgänger GOP version that sets the average American up to serve the powerful.

Crazy billionaires never stop finding shiney distractions for people to obsess over too, Trump is a prime example of that. Cable news revenues have climbed 36% since Trump came on the scene.
8   jazz_music   ignore (14)   2019 Aug 28, 1:38pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

... meanwhile parts of Louisiana AND OTHER PLACES are disappearing under water

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