from Buffalo Tom Peabody’s blog
It’s become popular among some Republicans to claim Comrade Trump isn’t really a Republican at all. They act like he’s some sort of chimera — a semi-mystical, implausible synthesis of disparate bits of different animals. Part liberal, part conservative, part patriot, part iconoclast, part traditional, part unconventional, part who the fuck knows. A new type of politician, they say.
Bullshit. Trump is the distillation of everything the Republican party has become in the last couple of decades. He’s selfish, self-centered, cruel, mean-spirited, fearful of anything different, completely unscrupulous, alienated from reality, dismissive of science, contemptuous of facts, mercenary, fundamentally dishonest, sneering, arrogant, judgmental, and too privileged to give a shit about anybody or anything that isn’t useful to him.
In brief, Trump is an asshole. Over the last couple of decades the Republican party has gradually shed any semblance of a conservative philosophy of governance and replaced it with being…
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They wouldn’t send real Americans away to be stored. Radical Muslims, sure. Illegal immigrants, yeah. Maybe welfare queens. But not just…regular Americans.
That’s what Judy had nervously told herself for that entire six weeks, between the day she was first called in for questioning and the day when she was, in fact, sent to one of the country’s resident storage facilities.
She was young and stupid when she took those pictures. Since then, she had turned her life around. She was born again and regretted the things she had done when she was lost. She was no longer that woman.
But in President Pence’s America, that didn’t matter. Pictures “of an inappropriate nature” like hers meant she was a defective citizen. A friend found the pictures somewhere and submitted a complaint…because of course they did. Everybody did that. If the situation were reversed, she would have done the same.
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