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Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now.

Westlake Legal Group r8xA6q9Tkb12Bkgxx3YLZhO43cKvyLLS5zlO9oLELLk Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now. r/politics

It’s important to remember that Conservatism, as a political ideology (and this isn’t true in other contexts), was created in response to the French Revolution to protect the wealth and power of aristocrats and the existence of the Monarchy (Go read your Burke). All ideologies in the conservatism cluster believe that a strong social hierarchy is humanity’s natural state and will work to maintain or create their idealized social hierarchy. The differences between lay in who the place at the top of the hierarchy:

Neo-liberal conservatives use wealth to determine position in the hierarchy. Remember that when we “vote” with our dollars, people with more dollars get more votes. It also lets them shift numerous political issues into the economic space, a sleight of hand which hides how they policies strip rights away from people. Believing the some people don’t deserve food or shelter seems less abhorrent when you say it as “those people need to take personal responsibility for how they wasted their money”.

Troys use blood-right to determine position in the hierarchy. If you were born an aristocrat, you are innately better than anyone else. When the only rich people are aristocrats, this is functionally identical to Neo-liberalism and the problem of inherited wealth in a capitalism system often makes this happen.

Social conservatives use religious observance to determine position in the hierarchy. This is why social conservatives of many different faiths actual act in extremely similar ways. Compare radical Islam with extreme right-wing Christians. Both advocate and perform violence against those they feel violate their “moral” standards.

Fascists use racial identities to determine position in the hierarchy. Note that since “race” is an artificial social construction, it is quite possible to construct a racial identity around a national identity. This is how “American” becomes a code word for “White” and the idea that non-white Americans are from somewhere else even if they were born in America.

Misogynists use gender to determine position in the hierarchy and Homo- & Trans-phobes use sexual-identity to determine position in the hierarchy.

A party without a governing theory, a higher purpose or a clear moral direction is nothing more than a cartel, a syndicate that exists only to advance itself. There is no organized, coherent purpose other than the acquisition and maintenance of power.

The party’s governing theory has always been the acquisition and maintenance of power for the right people. The Trump Era is about drop that pretense that it was every about anything else. What policies does that have that have not been advocated by Republicans before?

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Millennials support socialism because they want to make America great — but for everyone

Westlake Legal Group _yB0NWcQlf8AfnBB-t2baeIk4Nrhl6c0JIMU4ucv3gA Millennials support socialism because they want to make America great — but for everyone r/politics

I want to see an Occupy Wall Street / Washington protest with the following two objectives:

1.) Shorten the standard work week by 8 hours (1 working day) so people have more time and energy to fight back against oligarchy, prevent or adapt to climate change, and otherwise use for their wellbeing as they see fit.

(Look at this and then think about the sheer scale of human life that has been and is being wasted by the existence of oligarchs/oligarchy: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/worktime/wre.html)

2.) Outlaw oligarchs altogether, just as we outlawed slavery.

Imagine how beautiful life would be if oligarchs were outlawed. If people had more of their time and energy for themselves, their families, and their communities.

It can be done, and we can make it happen.

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Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now.

Westlake Legal Group r8xA6q9Tkb12Bkgxx3YLZhO43cKvyLLS5zlO9oLELLk Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now. r/politics

It’s important to remember that Conservatism, as a political ideology (and this isn’t true in other contexts), was created in response to the French Revolution to protect the wealth and power of aristocrats and the existence of the Monarchy (Go read your Burke). All ideologies in the conservatism cluster believe that a strong social hierarchy is humanity’s natural state and will work to maintain or create their idealized social hierarchy. The differences between lay in who the place at the top of the hierarchy:

Neo-liberal conservatives use wealth to determine position in the hierarchy. Remember that when we “vote” with our dollars, people with more dollars get more votes. It also lets them shift numerous political issues into the economic space, a sleight of hand which hides how they policies strip rights away from people. Believing the some people don’t deserve food or shelter seems less abhorrent when you say it as “those people need to take personal responsibility for how they wasted their money”.

Troys use blood-right to determine position in the hierarchy. If you were born an aristocrat, you are innately better than anyone else. When the only rich people are aristocrats, this is functionally identical to Neo-liberalism and the problem of inherited wealth in a capitalism system often makes this happen.

Social conservatives use religious observance to determine position in the hierarchy. This is why social conservatives of many different faiths actual act in extremely similar ways. Compare radical Islam with extreme right-wing Christians. Both advocate and perform violence against those they feel violate their “moral” standards.

Fascists use racial identities to determine position in the hierarchy. Note that since “race” is an artificial social construction, it is quite possible to construct a racial identity around a national identity. This is how “American” becomes a code word for “White” and the idea that non-white Americans are from somewhere else even if they were born in America.

Misogynists use gender to determine position in the hierarchy and Homo- & Trans-phobes use sexual-identity to determine position in the hierarchy.

A party without a governing theory, a higher purpose or a clear moral direction is nothing more than a cartel, a syndicate that exists only to advance itself. There is no organized, coherent purpose other than the acquisition and maintenance of power.

The party’s governing theory has always been the acquisition and maintenance of power for the right people. The Trump Era is about drop that pretense that it was every about anything else. What policies does that have that have not been advocated by Republicans before?

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Millennials support socialism because they want to make America great — but for everyone

Westlake Legal Group _yB0NWcQlf8AfnBB-t2baeIk4Nrhl6c0JIMU4ucv3gA Millennials support socialism because they want to make America great — but for everyone r/politics

I want to see an Occupy Wall Street / Washington protest with the following two objectives:

1.) Shorten the standard work week by 8 hours (1 working day) so people have more time and energy to fight back against oligarchy, prevent or adapt to climate change, and otherwise use for their wellbeing as they see fit.

(Look at this and then think about the sheer scale of human life that has been and is being wasted by the existence of oligarchs/oligarchy: http://groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/users/rauch/worktime/wre.html)

2.) Outlaw oligarchs altogether, just as we outlawed slavery.

Imagine how beautiful life would be if oligarchs were outlawed. If people had more of their time and energy for themselves, their families, and their communities.

It can be done, and we can make it happen.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Trump Winery Retained Undocumented Workers Until End Of Harvest Despite Knowing About Immigration Status, Lawyer Claims

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Illinois becomes 11th state to legalize marijuana

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What if the president of the United States was mentally ill — and no one really cared? As we turn the page on 2019, our president is mentally unwell — but that’s only one symptom of deeper illness

Westlake Legal Group _mdzO6je8-xHwt-EW9qERI8cTFr_HK_YBkH-QK2KVG0 What if the president of the United States was mentally ill — and no one really cared? As we turn the page on 2019, our president is mentally unwell — but that's only one symptom of deeper illness r/politics

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Atheist Group Asks IRS to Probe Megachurch Over Pro-Trump Rally, Says Event Violates Rule Banning Political Participation

Westlake Legal Group bYP5OqlFik5R8LCZXTewzI54MReJeDxycWlGEWWbdns Atheist Group Asks IRS to Probe Megachurch Over Pro-Trump Rally, Says Event Violates Rule Banning Political Participation r/politics

Churches have become deep wells of dark money. It’s one of the reasons Republicans have cozied up to evangelicals over the years.

Churches don’t pay taxes AND they don’t have to file ANY tax forms for donated funds. So, the larger churches bring in millions of dollars each year and the charlatans leading the ministry can use that money for their personal benefit.

With no oversight, they’ve learned that they can use churches to launder money, peddle influence, and enrich their friends and cohorts.

Accountability for churches need to be seriously overhauled.

Caveats:

Obviously not all religious organizations are corrupt. But, bad actors in both political parties have gamed the system and are using it to their advantage.

If churches have income unrelated to their core ministry (ie they own commercial property from which they collect rent) they have to report that income and pay taxes on it.

Some religious organizations do provide high level financial reports to their members. But they don’t report that same info to the IRS.

Minimal accountability provides the best vehicle available to shuffle millions of dollars of dark money around the globe.

Pick up a copy of God’s Bankers to see how corrupt the Catholic Church is. They’ve built a system that makes it easy to hide.

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Trump administration is quietly “gutting” tax law to give big new breaks to corporations | Treasury will use loopholes in the tax bill to offer giant corporations more breaks worth tens of billions

Westlake Legal Group 0uNkI5GmfQLr_S9nCCXM1ScPY3SxAQRtkrJTsybzwDA Trump administration is quietly “gutting” tax law to give big new breaks to corporations | Treasury will use loopholes in the tax bill to offer giant corporations more breaks worth tens of billions r/politics

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Politico: Democratic Party Insiders Now Think Sanders Could Win Nomination

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The notion that anyone would think he has no baggage just shows that he’s benefitted somewhat from the media not taking him seriously.

Bernie’s electoral baggage is his association 35+ years ago with parties far to the left of the Democratic Socialists of America, and ideas that today seem radical like reducing the military budget by 50 % or eliminating the CIA completely. There are a thousand good reasons not to actually hold any of this against Bernie (he was in many cases right, guilt-by-association is bullshit, his views have moderated since then, etc), but the Republicans are going to spend $500 million exploiting even the most tenuous connections or long-abandoned views from the worst possible angle. And when those connections include things Bernie really said at the time, or the official platforms of parties he participated in, the media’s going to end up chattering about them nonstop no matter how unfair and dishonest the attack ads are.

The fuel in Bernie’s past make the Rev. Wright / Bill Ayers smears Republicans used against Obama look like child’s play, even though the attacks will be just as stupid and unreasonable as those were. There’s just so much more for them to work with. And this stuff has never really been highlighted because Bernie has never faced an opponent that stood to gain from it and was willing to stoop that low. Hillary correctly figured she could beat him by other means (fair or unfair) without pissing off his base by delving into this stuff (and losing even more of them in November). Trump will have no such restraint.

I’ll probably get downvoted to hell, but I’m right and this is important. It sucks, but it’s reality. It does no good to pretend this information doesn’t exist, or to pretend that the Republicans won’t use it, or to pretend that it won’t be effective on the kinds of people who are stupid enough to even consider voting for Trump in the first place. If you want to disagree, then explain rationally how this material does NOT pose a serious risk of Trump getting re-elected. Because I just don’t see it. Nominating Bernie feels like walking into a trap.

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