Protests are a distraction

What happened in Charlottesville earlier this month revealed many things about the American people, especially the Replicant Party. Who with few exceptions failed to condemn the racists and Nazi’s who invaded this city.

And like the Drumpf started out with half heartedly denouncing their deeds, before changing the subject, and doubling down on false equivalencies like “both sides are responsible.” Knowing they can equivocate and prevaricate to their hearts content, because as long as their base remains solidly behind the Drumpf nothing they say or do matters.

Knowing that the more his supporters agree with his blatant in-your-face nationalism, the less work they have to do to get elected and stay in office. And that deadly combination of willful ignorance and cognitive dissonance was put on full display right here in Louisa; where Duane Adams, candidate for the Mineral District Supervisor posted this on his campaign’s Facebook page:

And it’s worth noting that this was the only thing he could be bothered to say about Charlottesville.

Unlike John McGuire who had this to say:

While he did much a better job of addressing what took place in Charlottesville than the rest of the Replicants, it doesn’t change the fact that his response is part of a familiar pattern.  Make a big show  of denouncing something, while supporting the same retrograde attitudes responsible for those deplorable words and deeds.

While the local Replicant Party of Louisa  continues to remain dormant with nothing to say since the June primaries

Unlike Dave Brat, who couldn’t keep himself from mirroring Adams antediluvian comments with these compulsive distractions:

Only to show up on FAUX Noise later that same day and claim that the real problem is the “hard left,” not white supremacists, going so far as to compare constituents protesting his fake clown halls earlier this year to violent terrorists.

Another deflective projection which reinforces Replicant’s shared delusions that there are vast legions of “libruls’ determined to take everything they hold dear. And one of many underhanded tactics that Brat and his Party employ, blaming others for the very things they are doing, and that they’ve been doing for over three decades.

But now that the Drumpf has completely destroyed their ability to hide behind coded “dog whistles,’ without insulting their supporters, that deception is becoming harder and harder to manage. But leave it to Virginia’s Replicant’s to double down on their fascist messaging.

Along with:

This is how they roll, dehumanizing the opposition, and feeding inflammatory rhetoric to their base. Using carefully crafted language to convince them they are being oppressed. Making demonstrably false claims that their guns will be taken away, and using every trick in their arsenal to shift the conversation.

So rather than talk about the real issue white supremacy and institutional racism, they are promoting false controversy over Confederate monuments. A smart move because, while only a small minority of Americans openly support white supremacy, while a recent poll showed that 62 percent of Americans support keeping those statues.

Meanwhile they will continue to goad mainstream Replicant’s along with their hard core white nationalist supporters into reacting without thinking, and in some cases committing even more heinous deeds.

 Which is why it was so encouraging to see a rally in Boston the following weekend, where somewhere between 30,000 and 40,000 people marched in counter-protest, chanting “No Nazis, no KKK, no fascists in the USA!,” wearing these:

And carrying banners with slogans like “Stop pretending your racism is patriotism.”

While less than 100 people participated in the Free Speech rally, with one member claiming that “the point of this is to have political speech from across the spectrum, conservative, libertarian, centrist.” Perhaps, they did, but since they left the pavilion without giving any of their speeches, it was a distinction with out a difference.

And as they started to exit the Commons under police escort, hundreds on the other side started dancing in circles singing, “Hey hey, ho ho. White supremacy has got to go.”

If the turnout in Boston is any indication, resistance to everything the Replicant’s stand for, including the Drumpf has taken a quantum leap, and it’s making them nervous, because the true purpose of these rally’s has always been not about stirring up discontent, but to reinforce the perception of support for their racist ideology.

And it’s a distraction which allows Replicant’s to cling to the illusion that they are supporting a just and righteous cause, one which puts them on the right side of history, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

History is replete with lessons of what happens when we allow demagogues like the Drumpf to fan the embers of hatred and violence into full blown Reichstag fires. Although in the case of what happened in Charlottesville Friday night, although “Citronella Putsch” might have been a better description.

Over the past few decades, and particularly since the Bush/Obama administrations, Replicants like Cantor, Brat, Reeves, and Garrett have used these us vs. them distractions to get elected and quietly pass the most heinous legislation imaginable.  And make no mistake it is legislation which only benefits their ultra-wealthy and corporate benefactors.

So why in the hell should we perpetuate that dysfunctional dynamic any further by continuing to elect more craven politicians like McGuire and Adams? That’s where our focus should be.

Because by reacting to and protesting everything, we risk loosing track of something which billionaire Warren Buffett  said several years before Citizen United, “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

And make no mistake; Replicant’s in the Commonwealth will do anything to make sure that happens, redoubling their efforts in 2019 in an attempt to turn their slim majority in the Senate into another supermajority. Allowing them press their thumbs down even harder on the Commonwealth’s legislative and electoral scale.

Because they know which ever Party controls the House of Delegates in 2020 will be able to set —  or in the case of the Replicant’s —  gerrymander the Commonwealths legislative districts, from State Delegates and Senators, all the way up to Congressional districts in their favor.

Currently, Replicant’s need to flip just one more seat in the House of Delegates this year to ensure a veto proof super majority. And on the other hand, if Democrats can flip a few seats, combined with a Democratic Governor it might be enough to keep the Replicant dominated General Assembly from running completely amuck.

Because if they manage to elect “Enron Ed” Gillespie as Governor this year, Virginia will follow in the legislative and economic footsteps of states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Mississippi and Kansas even without any supermajorities.

And while there has been a lot talk about flipping enough seats to control the House, that’s not likely to happen given the Replicant’s decades long stranglehold on the rural parts of the state. Where they hold a vice grip of cultural conditioning which is little removed from Joseph Goebbels’s infamous “big lie.”

Where as Nazi Minister of Propaganda, he said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,” much like the Bush administration lied to the American people that Iraq was behind 9/11.

He also recognized that “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

And the states … aka Governments ability to monitor and suppress dissent has been a reality ever since the Bush administration frightened Congress into passing the Patriot Act, and Military Commission Act, enabling the government and private contractors to become so deeply ensconced within the “Military-Industrial Complex,” that they will do anything to protect their power.

Like how we’ve all seen how the Obama administration treat whistleblowers. But that’s not likely to be how the Drumpf administration suppresses dissent, because they are taking a more devious route; one which threatens to make government agencies irrelevant. Starting with deeds like gutting the State Department, leaving the country with no diplomatic channels anywhere, to systematically deleting the EPA’s references to global warming, rolling back regulations, and killing a host of vital studies.

Drumpf’s administration and his Replicant toadies are literally taking George Orwell’s notion that “Whoever controls the past controls the future, and whoever controls the present controls the past,” to revise the nations history, and degrade our ability govern. Deleting or suppressing any information held by Government agencies which doesn’t agree with their twisted version of reality.

Stooping to depths that even the Bush administration wouldn’t dare go. For now, Congressional Replicant’s are content to give the appearance of supporting the Drumpf, because they know he will sign whatever they put in front of him …. at least as long as he can hog the glory.

Right now their biggest challenge is to keep their lies going and people from realizing that they’ve never given a shit about who suffers the consequences. And make no mistake; they will continue to lie their asses off and do their plutocratic overlords bidding until they are voted out of office.

So if you don’t want to spend the rest of your life the bottom end of their pyramid, now is the time to get off your butt, and support you local Democratic candidates and vote these Replicant’s out of office

Jon Taylor

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