Here’s a rough paraphrasing of the email exchange prompting this:

Person 1: Glad to see Flake and McCain challenging Trump.

Person 2: Pff. Those are just words. Flake votes with Trump most of the time.

Person 1: Yeah, but at least he’s speaking up, which is more than the rest of the GOP wusses.

I see this kind of back & forth a lot, and both points of view are right. Speaking up against the actions of the Trump administration isn’t nothing, but as they say, that and a quarter will get you a cup of coffee. Well, not a cup of coffee…maybe a gum ball from one of those vending machines outside the grocery store.

The biggest problem I have with people like Jeff Flake is that they’re trying to claim that Donald Trump is somehow an aberration in the GOP, instead of the logical outgrowth of its policies and actions. In fact, this is something I would argue is true of many “never Trumpers.” They fail to recognize that Trump is the embodiment of the modern GOP— hypocrisy, incoherence, xenophobia, racism, and all. The only question I have at this point is whether such people are lying only to us, or to themselves.

Long time no post

I don’t have time to write anything significant, but I did want to update MarsEdit before I forget, and then make sure it works. Here’s a thought:

I fully expected Alabama to shit the bed yesterday. Nice to see African Americans pulled their collective bacon out of the fire.

E Pluribus Mother-Fracking Unum

The motto of the United States is not, in fact, “Fuck you, I got mine.” It was, and should have remained, “E Pluribus Unum” — out of many, one. We’re all Americans. We all deserve the blessings this country can provide. This one is willing to pay his taxes for the benefit of the many.


In a nutshell

The Trump administration, and I might argue to a large extent the Republican Party, has been leading up to a need to impose a distorted reality and a kind of imperviousness to facts onto others. Facts and evidence almost do not matter. What matters is the emotional commitment to either an ideology or what they believe will make America great again, restore their position, or give them the kind of pride or self-esteem that they feel they have lost.