Why do we allow ourselves to be bullied by lying bigots?

It’s not that we don’t know they are lying bigots. They make no pretense.

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The truth hurts

Tucker Carlson laughably called the Jan 6 attempted coup a normal tourist day.

No sane person believes it was “normal” or that those traitors trying to overturn democracy were “tourists.”

The GOP claims the Silicon Valley Bank failure was due to its being “woke,” when not one in a thousand of those right-wingers even knows what “woke” is.

They think it has “something to do with blacks taking over” . . . or something.

Here is an editorial by William Faulk, Editor-in-Chief of The Week Magazine:

Editor’s letter
Did you know that Silicon Valley Bank imploded because it was “woke”?

Or that masks provide absolutely no protection against COVID?

Or that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a Chinese lab by a sinister “bat lady” in cahoots with Dr. Anthony Fauci?

Millions of Americans believe all these statements to be proven fact, despite being unsupported by actual evidence, because that’s what they’ve been told by Tucker Carlson and the far-right infotainment system — which knowingly lies to its audience for profit and power.

Whether it’s peddling stolen elections or mass deaths from vaccines, the recipe is the same: Start with a tiny sliver of information, separate out 99.8 percent of the evidence, inflate with hot air and repetition, and voila! You have The Real Story.

Since the audience wants to believe the lie, it will happily add a big dollop of confirmation bias, transforming misinformation into blind certainty.

Take masking. People who equate masks with tyranny recently seized on a meta-analysis of 78 studies as proof that masks are of no value whatsoever.

In reality, 76 of the studies were not about COVID masking at all; the two that were showed that masking did substantially reduce infections.

Other studies have provided strong evidence that good masks block viral particles.

As for the lab-leak theory, there is zero known evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was created in a lab or escaped from one. Scientists have tracked the original COVID cases to people who worked, shopped, or lived near the Wuhan wet market — where SARS-CoV-2 was found on surfaces.

And the “woke” SVB? Its board had 11 members. Ten were white. One was Black, one was gay, and five were women.

In The Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler wondered if “12 white men would have avoided this mess,” and suggested “diversity” was at fault. No financial institution run exclusively by white men has ever acted stupidly … Right?

One easily might infer that having 11 white men on the board, not “wokenesss,” contributed to SVB’s demise. Is the lesson to have fewer white men on your board of directors?

The answer to the title question, “Why do we allow ourselves to be bullied by lying bigots?” is because too many of us want to believe lying bigots.

There must be something new about their victimization posture that tickles our dopamine. oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphin production, so we accept and believe what we know to be utter nonsense.

America always has had bigotry. Ask the Irish, the Jews, the blacks, the Japanese,  et al.  But today’s GOP’ with its emphasis on white privilege, has taken it to unfamiliar levels. Overt slavery is gone, to be replaced by something far more insidious. “Woke.”

The anti-Black Lives Matter, anti-Critical Race Theory, “Don’t Say Gay” laws, the record setting incidents of police violence are based on the bigotry that defines anti-“woke.”

The hatred of immigrants, with the false excuse that they bring drugs and crime is based on bigotry.

(The vast majority of illegal drugs are brought in through legal means, and statistics show undocumented immigrants are far less likely than American citizens to commit violent crimes, drug crimes, or property crimes.)

A mob of thousands, from one political party, physically attacking Congress and urged on by a former President, whose appeal largely rests on bigotry, fails the “American dream” test.

Perhaps, the bigotry gives some of us a welcome excuse for mediocrity. “I could have done better, except the “woke” gave my (college, job, neighborhood, food, etc.) to blacks.

Perhaps, it makes us believe we’re in on some secret most of the world doesn’t know. “I heard the sneaky Chinese did it. Pass it on.”

Perhaps, it helps us believe we are protected by a god. “Trump will save us from ‘them’ taking over.”

Perhaps, it gives us an excuse for the hatred boiling up in us — hatred at our inability to control our lives. “They” run everything.

Whatever the reason, formerly intelligent Americans have completely lost their senses, and now support a political party that, in the name of “freedom,” wants to take away freedoms. (Hello, Ron DeSantis)

At better times in American history, a lying, crooked, incompetent like Trump never would have been elected President and already would be in jail, with people clamoring for his long incarceration.

That was then; this is now. There is no lie, regardless of how bigoted, outrageous, and obvious, that the GOP will not support, and that the Trump MAGAs will not believe.

And when you multiply widely accepted bigotry along with widely accepted gun possession, you have mass murders and armed, crazed traitors invading Congress.

Think of the lies these luminaries have spread: Joe Arpaio, Steve Bannon, Maria Bartiromo, Marsha Blackburn, Rod Blagojevich, Tucker Carlson, Ron DeSantis, Lou Dobbs, Michael Flynn, Matt Gaetz, Rudy Giuliani, Lindsey Graham, Marjory Taylor Greene, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Kari Lake, Kevin McCarthy, Rupert Murdoch, Elon Musk, George Papadopoulos, Rand Paul, Roger Stone, Donald Trump.

Will there be riots of the stupid when Trump is arrested? Probably. America has suffered shortages of oil, food, computer chips, steel, lumber, labor, etc., but it has no shortage of bigoted fools.

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Is this the best we can do?

Based on world news, stupid gunners are our #1 export.

We have spoken of the big question: Why do we allow ourselves to be bullied by lying bigots?

The answer: Too many of us empathize with lying bigots.

Now for the small question: Given all the crimes Trump has committed, is this the best we can do? A trial about a payoff for hiding his sex adventure with a porn star?


Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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The “Woke” controversy as the GOP camouflage for bigotry

Ask any Democrats what “woke” means, and they likely will say they don’t know. Ask any Republican the same question, and they will say, “I don’t know, but I don’t like it.

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Part of American history; George Wallace blocked a schoolhouse door to prevent black children from entering. DeSantis doesn’t want your children to know.

Merriam-Webster added the word “woke” to its dictionary in 2017, defining it as “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice.”)

The Oxford dictionary adopted it the same year, defining it as “alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.”

Those definitions seem benign enough unless one is a bigot, in which case the words seem threatening and too close to home.

This brings us to the related concept, “Critical Race Theory.” Per Brittanica:

Critical race theory (CRT) was officially organized in 1989, at the first annual Workshop on Critical Race Theory, though its intellectual origins go back much farther, to the 1960s and ’70s.

Its immediate precursor was the critical legal studies (CLS) movement, which dedicated itself to examining how the law and legal institutions serve the interests of the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the poor and marginalized.

(CRT is) based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed category that is used to oppress and exploit people of colour.

And this division, whether social or biological, leads to legally social problems.

    • African Americans and Hispanic Americans (Latinxs), for example, are on average more likely than similarly qualified white persons to be denied loans or jobs;
    • they tend to pay more than whites for a broad range of products and services
    • they are more likely than whites to be unjustly suspected of criminal behaviour by police or private (white) citizens
    • and they are more likely than whites to be victims of police brutality, including the unjustified use of lethal force.
    • If convicted of a crime, people of colour, particularly African Americans, are generally imprisoned more often and for longer periods than whites who are found guilty of the same offenses.

These are facts in America. They cannot and should not be denied. Exposing these facts, particularly to young people, is the first and necessary step toward reducing, if not ending, the evils of racism.

Critical race theorists hold that racism is inherent in the law and legal institutions of the United States insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially African Americans.

America has a long history of racism, beginning with our negative attitudes toward native Americans (aka “Indians”) and later toward blacks, browns, and yellows. Those attitudes have been encoded into law.

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Trump’s infamous ad demanding the death penalty for 5 innocent black teens.

Native Americans were legally denied land and forced into reservations, which then repeatedly were reduced in size.

People of color legally have been denied voting rights, legally segregated into “separate-but-equal” schools, legally redlined for mortgages and other loans, and legally mistreated by the police and judges for the most minor offenses.

Japanese Americans “legally” were sent to concentration camps.

These are absolute facts of American history, and to deny them is to deny reality.

Nations that deny their past, especially the shameful aspects, will most likely repeat the evil.

When those with evil intent come into power, their first act is to attempt the erasure of the past, so the populace will not remember the results of evil. (After World War II, Germany, the author of the greatest evil the world ever had known, made their children understand what happened, lest it happens again.)

America has resisted admitting its own sins. America’s bigots have become afraid that their children will learn about racism in America.

That is why Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis created:

The “Stop WOKE Act,prohibits workplace training or school instruction that teaches:

    • that individuals are “inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or unconsciously”;
    • that people are privileged or oppressed based on race, gender, or national origin;
    • or that a person “bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress” over actions committed in the past by members of the same race, gender, or national origin.

The law says such trainings or lessons amount to discrimination.

No school is known to teach that children bear “personal responsibility for, and must feel guilty about our history.” But the Republican party uses that as an excuse to hide the past to repeat yesterday’s racism.

This is what FoxNews, the apologist for the GOP’s racism, says:


But the meaning of woke evolved again with the rise of “cancel culture” — as the two terms saw increased use, they became intertwined in the public consciousness.

Often, someone gets canceled after they say something insensitive – something not woke.

The irony thickens. The GOP uses the pejorative phrase “cancel culture” to describe liberals while canceling teachers and schools who teach the facts about American racism. Presumably, the GOP objects to this:

Open any newspaper on any day, and you will see many articles like the above. The GOP, approving racism, calls all attempts to stop bigotry “cancel culture.” Here’s what they don’t call “cancel culture”:

Virginia School Board Members Call for Books to Be Burned
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Per Fox News:

In addition to meaning aware and progressive, many people now interpret woke to be a way to describe people who would rather silence their critics than listen to them.

The reason “many people” interpret woke as being “cancel culture” is the GOP, and particularly Donald Trump, describe it that way. Repeat a lie often enough, and it becomes the truth in the eyes of the innocent and the needy.

Becoming knowledgeable about racism in America is quite different from the GOP’s Hitlerian book burning, but the GOP tries to link the two.

Donald Trump has led the GOP down the dark whirlpool of bigotry, from which it shows no sign of climbing.

He is a shameless bigot whose sole appeal to his angry base is his hatred of everything, not Trump.

Trump voices the anger his followers feel and the scapegoats they need.

Here Are 13 Examples Of Donald Trump Being Racist.

  1. He attacked Muslim Gold Star parents.
  2. He claimed a judge was biased because “he’s a Mexican.”
  3. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to black people.
  4. Discrimination against black people has been a pattern in his businesses
  5. He refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for him
  6. He questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States
  7. He treats racial groups as monoliths
  8. He trashed Native Americans, too
  9. He encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five.
  10. He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester
  11. He called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate.”
  12. He stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists.
  13. He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist.

Trump is an extravagant hatemonger.

Most recently, he has even begun calling his long-time loyal friend, Allen Weisselberg, a liar. (And this is a man who went to jail to protect Trump.)

SUMMARY “Woke” acknowledges the American bigotry enshrined in the law.

Our young people must understand the depth and seriousness of American bigotry and the laws that support it, so they can learn and vote to curtail it.

American hatemongers do not want our young people to understand and seek a solution to the growing problem. The term “cancel culture” has been invented to justify more bigotry-supporting laws.

The GOP has devolved into the Party of Hatred toward all but white male, citizen, Christians. It demonizes any discussion of maltreatment of people not in the “approved” group.

It is the minority party in America, led by a psychopath. But by appealing to the basest elements of the national psyche, it has been able to twist the law to support its nefarious agenda.

In the late 1930s and the early 1940s, Germany and Italy taught the world the horrors of that dictatorial plan. Apparently, America now must relearn those lessons.

Meanwhile, as we are being schooled, we suffer the consequences.


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