Friday, December 07, 2018

I Didn't Say It ...

Ryan Murphy, television producer , accepting the Hero Award for the cast of Pose at The Trevor Project‘s annual gala, announced a multi-million-dollar initiative to vote anti-LGBTQ lawmakers out of office:

“Why don’t we consider ever targeting the people who are causing the problem here? The homophobes, the trans naysayers, and the small restricted and dangerous minds who are causing so many young people to needlessly hate themselves and doubt themselves … It was the midterms this year that gave me hope. One after one, anti-LGBTQ candidates who made hate speech and ideology part of their legacy fell away. They were disgraced and eliminated by Democratic candidates who were largely boosted to victory by young and female voters, by the way ... Over 20 anti—LGBTQ right wing politicians and their horrifying views were gone in a day … and they were replaced by allies. I want these hateful and wrong politicians to go, and stop polluting our moral and ethical ether … In 2020, we’re going to create and fund, with corporate sponsorship, a multi-million dollar organization that targets anti-LGBTQ candidates running for office. We’re narrowing our focus to 20 of them. Senate and congressional candidates who think they can get votes by hurting and discriminating against us. And I have to say to them, ‘Well, we can get votes too.' We are going to send a message which says you cannot make discrimination against us a political virtue anymore,” he vowed. “You cannot keep killing our vulnerable young people by promoting and nationalizing your rural, close-minded anti-constitutional viewpoints.”

Murphy named Senators Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, and Congressman Steve King, among others, as the first targets of the Pose Initiative.
See, voting helps, so keep doing it.
Mike Madrid, GOP political consultant, on the Republican party:

“The party has to die before it can be rebuilt. And by die, I mean, completely decimated. I think [the midterms] was a big step.”

I don’t think the GOP has to die, I think they just need a backbone, or asset of balls, to stand up against the hate-filled factions of the party … like the Racist-In-Chief.
Barack Obama, plainly, and simply, and effectively, asking why anyone would think ____ was a good choice:

“Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice?”

That is exactly my thought on _____;all the way from the primaries through the general election.
Nice to know My President and I think alike.
Paul Ryan, on his way out the door as a loser, on California:

"California just defies logic to me ... We were only down 26 seats the night of the election & 3 weeks later, we lost basically every contested CA race. This election system they have—I can’t begin to understand what ‘ballot harvesting’ is."

You can’t begin to understand how people finally grew disgusted by your party, and your leadership role, and said, ‘F**k this, I’m voting blue.’
Be gone, Lyin’ Ryan, before someone drops a house on you.
Pat Robertson, on The 700 Club, saying George H.W. Bush only launched the first Gulf War after Robertson assured him person that God said it would be a success:

“He was in the Oval Office and just at that time, his representative in Geneva had been meeting with a representative of Saddam Hussein and the talks had broken down. I said, ‘Mr. President, I’ve got a word from the Lord for you.’ He said, ‘What is it?’ I said, ‘There is going to be a war, it is going to be enormously successful, you’re going to be hailed as a great military leader, and your success is going to go through the roof.’”

And, I imagine, you were wearing a tinfoil hat at the time and also in direct communications with Mars?
Take a seat, old man; when God hears you lying like this, She’ll be pissed.
Bruce Springsteen, warning that _____ may be reelected in 2020:

“I think that there are a lot of reasons people became _____ voters. You had severe blows to working people in the 1970s and 1980s as all the steel mills shut down. Then you had an explosion of information technology. These are life-changing, upsetting occurrences. [And] I don’t see anyone out there at the moment …the man who can beat _____, or the woman who can beat _____. You need someone who can speak some of the same language (as _____) and the Democrats don’t have an obvious, effective presidential candidate.”

Sorry, Boss, you’re wrong. People didn’t vote for _____ because of something that happened thirty or forty years ago, they voted for him because he stoked fear, and promoted racism; he made people who thought having a Black president was the End Times vote for a man who had never done anything for them; how many jobs did he create in casinos that went bankrupt, or universities that shut down, or projects that failed. It was fear and hatred of anything that wasn’t white. 
And it was Democrats not banding together to fight him that allowed him to win.
It was complacency on our parts, and fear on his. But we’re not complacent any longer.
Joe Biden, on who should run against _____, of he’s still in office, I mean, in 2020:

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president. The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life. No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have – even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it.”

Is this Joe declaring his candidacy?


Helen Lashbrook said...

Calling out Mike Madrid on the use of the word decimate (my pet hate -people get this wrong all the time) - it means one in ten, not nine out of ten. It refers back to when the Roman army wanted to punish a century they would take out one in ten of the soldiers and kill them or throw them out. (history lesson over).

Joe Biden with Kamal Harris as veep would be good. Why for hell's sake is Beto O'Rourke contemplating a run? He's got more experience than the orange by blow of a fruit fly, but that is not enough.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I do think Springsteen has a point. Economic insecurity and loss causes fear. Fear makes people susceptible to "easy answers" about who's to blame. People don't want to hear the hard truth about changing economies and jobs that are never coming back. Their fear makes them open to blaming easy targets and the Alt-Right and Trump capitalized on that. So you have a point too. But Springsteen's point laid the foundation.

the dogs' mother said...

Thanks to Helen for the history lesson! :-)

anne marie in philly said...

ryan, robertson, and springsteen need to STFU.
obama & biden, keep on talking!

Infidel753 said...

Great news about the Pose Initiative. These gay-bashing theocratic politicians are dinosaurs with such tiny brains that they don't realize they're extinct.

Does the Republican party really have much of a non-hate-filled faction left to "stand up against" the hate-filled factions? The ones who even still stand up to Trump are pretty thin on the ground, never mind against all the other generic Republican nastiness.

Raybeard said...

Re: Helen's comment above regarding the word 'decimate'. The misuse of that word used to rile me too, but I now see that at least the Oxford English Dictionary states that its inaccurate usage has become so widespread that this erroneous meaning is now regarded as acceptable and valid. To which I can only say "SAD!"

Kirk said...

I think Springsteen is just sounding a warning, not to get complacent, don't assume Trump is going to lose. After all, everyone assumed that in 2016.

Dave R said...

Someone needs to tell Bruce how difficult it will be for the Idiot jerk to run a campaign from his jail cells.

Mike Madrid is right... in fact with every Tweet the Republican party dies a little more,