Teaching how to lie and cheat to win
Even if I told every person living in the grip of the MAGA cult that politicians lie to them because they think they are dumb, they wouldn’t get it. It’s like that rhetorical line from the old Buffalo Springfield song, “Paranoia strikes deep, it comes when you’re always afraid.” It’s fear that drives the MAGA fold to believe every word of ex-President Donald Trump. It’s a maniacal game of tail chasing without reward. Trump lied some 50,000 times while he was president and that doesn’t disqualify him to run again? Why?
Laws are in place to protect us from fraud, but some running for office simply ignore them. Consider this, “All multifarious means which human ingenuity can devise, and which are resorted to by one individual to get an advantage over another by false suggestions or suppression of the truth. It includes all surprises, tricks, cunning or dissembling, and any unfair way which another is cheated.” That’s from the Journal of Accountancy’s website. When an elected official engages in fraud, no one ever takes them to court or asks a police officer to arrest them. Running for office and getting people to vote for you is a sacred concept of democracy, but some nefarious scumbags create false campaign narratives which their opponents can counter with only three words, “That’s not true.”
It forces a zero-sum game, where the other guy tries to find something negative to say about the liar, even if it’s another lie. And there you have the cycle of deception which leads to voter distrust and disillusionment. Most of those people who are creating the false narrative that teachers are trying to groom kids to be gay or trans are exploiting the very class of citizens they claim to be protecting.
Red states are busy racking up laws against teaching Critical Race Theory (C.R.T.), but most who voted to ban teaching the concept have no idea what it is. By passing a law against teaching anything about race merely demonstrates the truth of C.R.T. It’s simple, Critical Race Theory is a belief that white America will pass laws and adopt customs, traditions and rules to keep people of color from living the same free life as them. So, gerrymandering districts to give white politicians an advantage over those of color, and laws making it harder for people of color and disadvantaged people to vote, are profound examples of C.R.T.
Fraud, deception and lies are okay for politicians if they win. If they lose, voters didn’t buy into their con. When a politician in Indiana tells people that being raped is a gift of God and the fetus conceived during that crime must be protected even if the victim would suffer greatly, they are deploying C.R.T. They deny that letting states adopt restrictive rules or bans on abortion will keep the people of color behind white people, but that’s just another lie.
What’s most irritating about these liars and grifters is they never explain why their ideas would be good for most Americans. It’s like when you challenged your parents about something they ordered you to do, and their answer was “Because I said so.” Well, I don’t need Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis to tell me how to think, what to believe or how to feel. Their values are completely lopsided. Florida’s DeSantis jumped into a fight with the state’s largest employer, who also helped fund his campaign, but he was being more vindictive than smart. Why would the state want to take on a billion dollars in debt by taking over all the land and services from the Disney Corporation? That’s fucking goofy.
Some Republicans were recorded talking about the 25th Amendment and asking Trump to resign days after the insurrection but now they’re lining up to say they will vote for him in 2024. Really? Have you no shame? They care about only one thing, staying in power. They should have convicted Trump of impeachment and voted him off the island so he could never run again. That would have freed them to do their dirty deeds without the burden of anointment from their King. MAGA is a cult, and the only way to deprogram the group is for its leader to be eliminated.
Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell are grooming future Trumps to take over and keep the party in power. On most days, Ted Cruz is totally full of shit, Graham is such an angry little queen it’s hard to take him seriously and Mitch McConnell is a walking, talking bowl of deception. He thinks he’s a statesman when he is no more honest than a Kentucky used car salesperson turning back odometers to rip off customers. I cannot wait until they all leave the government, but leave it to whom?
Do we really want Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz telling us how to live, what to believe, or who to hate? When John McCain died, America lost a Republican who was first an American. Most of the big mouths in Congress today are in the game only for themselves. They vote like a pack of wolves with the more powerful getting to eat first.
Here’s the real question. Are we grooming logical and reasoning Republicans to eventually assume power or are we just patching together a consortium of unlike views and specific causes with no unifying message? Well, the religious zealots have given the party a bone, and here it is: If you want abortions to be illegal and a woman’s right to her body taken over by big government, vote Republican. If you believe a woman should have the freedom of control over her body, vote Democratic. Keep it simple, stupid.
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