RSBX people have rights as well.

RSBX

I have a working hypothesis that about 20% of any population are xenophobic, racist, sexist, bigots.

1 in 5 doesn’t seem that many at times, but when you consider the power of 20% of people who think alike to sway an election it can be quite important.

In the USA about 20% (rough number, probably a bit less in reality) of the entire voting population voted for Donald Trump in the presidential primaries, and now Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, and this is clearly causing some flag waving by his supporters and some gagging by his detractors.

In the UK, the Brexit vote was clearly influenced by “the 20%”, and while I don’t believe that anywhere near all the people who voted in either the US or UK are racist, I do expect that every racist who voted, did vote the same way.

The funny thing is that in a democracy, especially one with free speech expectations, being a racist is not illegal, and their particular form of antisocial feeling (like all), must actually be listened to. Sometimes through education some of them may soften their views, but the power of democracy is that everyone counts.

I find racism, sexism, bigotry and Xenophobia in any form abhorrent. It is the feature of humanity I admire the absolute least. And yet it exists, people who vote have these views and as a democrat I am bound to support the winning group in any election.

Maybe we should refer to racist, sexist, bigoted xenophobes as RSBX people, and recognize that they have a right to their lifestyle, even though I personally find it disgusting.

Despite the views of RSBX people, whoever wins a vote gets to lead the charge. Right now that means the UK is leaving the EU, and I now fully support the efforts to make the future as good as possible for all (again this is how a democracy works, you don’t have to like the crowd sourced result, but you have to support making it work as well as possible).

Personally I don’t approve of the RSBX lifestyle, I find their views to be contrary to natural law. But I support their rights to live their lives as they see fit, just as long as what they do doesn’t impact anyone else.

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The Trump Policy Process Explained

The Trump Formula

Here is the formula that is used to create every single Donald Trump Policy.

There is only one variable that needs to be defined, and that is the name of the policy.

{start}

In the following just replace the word <policy> with any policy name you care for.

  1. I will be great at <policy>
  2. My <policy> policy will be uuuugggggeeeeee.
  3. Unlike that low energy guy, my <policy> will be lower cost, better in every way and stronger, believe me, I make <policy> deals like you’ve never seen, believe me.
  4. Women will love my <policy> plan.
  5. The blacks will love my <policy> plan.
  6. Evangelicals love my <policy> plans.
  7. I’ll make GREAT <policy> deals, believe me. like you’ve never seen before. They will be FANTASTIC deals for <policy>.
  8. No one will be as great at <policy> as me, believe me. I will be so great, you just won’t believe how great I’ll be at <policy>
  9. Those other loosers all will fail at <policy> I’m the only one who can do <policy> like it needs to be done, believe me!
  10. Just look at my hands, you can infer I have a uuuuggggeee dick, and that’s important for <policy>

 

If you ask me for more detail on <policy> I’ll say that you are paid by the elites and personally insult you in ways that would seem juvenile to a 3rd grader.

 

Now ask me about another policy.

[chants of trump, trump, trump continue in the background interspersed with chants of USA, USA, USA]

Go back to {start}

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Will there ever be another Republican Party POTUS?

Democracy is an unpleasant way of running a country, but it is the least unpleasant way ever invented.

Democracy requires that a process choose the leaders where the group with most votes get’s to win. With more than two parties it is possible for the winner to actually have less than half of the votes and still win. In the US for all practical purposes there are two main parties, and so the winner is nearly always the one who wins more votes than anyone else and actually more than half of the votes.

Of course there are nuances to the process, because the US is not a pure democracy but a system whereby each state effectively has a separate election, and the sum of those elections chooses the president. This means that a smaller state actually can have a greater influence on the result. So some weighting is placed on states to try and even out the relationship. It’s a good attempt, but it does mean that a vote in one state is not quite as valuable as a vote in another state. But it’s close enough.

The US is also a country populated with almost entirely an immigrant population. Obviously there was a native population in place hundreds of years ago, and even after centuries of genocide that population is still alive and a part of US. I think the total is just north of five million. The population of the US is now around 320 million. So the US population is around 98.5% based on immigrants. And the influx of immigrants continues today.

Today the US population is approximately 65% of western European (white) descent, 15% of Africa Descent (dark brown) and around 20% of Latin American (light brown) descent. Those are rounded up numbers from the 2010 cencus. And of all those people around 50% are men and 50% are Women. Personally I find the idea of skin color or sex being important factors in anything to be ridiculous, but they are important as they define groups who act and are treated differently.

So a representative government would be looking to understand and support the needs of all that population. And that is what one of the two parties is trying to do. But the other party seems to think it’s going to win by just supporting the needs of white men.

People its simple mathematics! If you need to win an election in a two party system you really need to aim to get over 50% of the people to support you. Well there are not enough white men in the US to make up a majority. You need to win the women vote and you really should be looking to win the brownish vote as well. Otherwise you will never win another election.

And yet instead of doing this, the grand ole party, is trying to find ways of stopping women and non-white men from voting. And the techniques are just incredible. Everything from religion, to education, to limiting womens health, to making areas where non white people live really hard to sign up for voting.

And lets just think about that, you have to register to vote! What for, you were born (or gained citizenship through a very long process,) you are registered to work (social security) why doesn’t that automatically provide the information needed to vote, it does it most sane countries. The only reason it doesn’t in the US, is a long term and persistent effort to stop young people (who tend to start off more left leaning), women(who rightly demand equality) and browner people from voting.

Slavery, Segregation and Suffragettes and not dim distant ideas. The issue for the GOP is that even though they have tried to stop it, education in the US is now good enough (despite efforts to damp it down), and communication is now good enough that most people actually can spot the self-serving bullshit.

The Republican Party is an important part of the US makeup. Society is very expensive, and sometimes you need to be tougher than any one party can be. We need the counter balance of a left and a right.

But there is absolutely no way that any of the current group of bigoted, racist, religion spouting, conspiracy theory believing children running for the GOP nomination can be seen as a viable president. Not one of them is even willing to agree that the world is more than six thousand years old, or that climate change is man influenced and potentially deadly. They believe in magic and would press the big read button to end the world if the voices in their heads said to do so. That is just not acceptable.

So the democratic candidate will win the general election. Are the choices for democrat perfect? Well of course not. But they are reasonable, and can explain a plan to help everyone do better, protect us all from disaster, and are willing to let the wheels of global democracy turn.

The GOP and their wealthy and armed supporters will continue to espouse that Hillary Clinton is the devil incarnate (as was her husband, as is the current president and as was the peanut farmer). And on the off-chance that Bernie Sanders were to win the democratic nomination, you would hear the Jew quotes, the too-old, and the communist-socialist Armageddon stories surface.

But none of it will matter.

If the choice is a bible-thumping, misogynistic xenophobe with a racial superiority complex against an extension of the non-birth-certificate/Kenyan-Muslim, balanced books, no-new wars, full employment, woman supporting, health system enabling policies of President Obama I believe that the vast majority will go with the saner choice.

And so yet again the GOP heads will explode, every effort will be taken to double down on killing everything, and a fraction of what could be achieved will be. But we will move foreword, onwards and upwards.

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Verbal diarrhea has a new analogy

Thinking is a complex activity, often when you think through an idea, your state to yourself inside your head a point of view, which you can quickly realize is wrong, and so you discount and keep working through all the rest of the possible ideas. This is how each of us considers complex issues and decides on a course of action that is reasonable and we then open our mouths and share the idea with others.
Sometimes even then we realize on reflection of other people’s responses, that the thing that we have said was wrong, and we take a moment to consider a reasonable response. In this way through a mix of individual thoughts and shared ideas we generally can come up with a position on pretty much anything.

Of course there are some people who just cannot ever let an idea stay in their head, or when it comes out and is clearly inappropriate, don’t have the common sense to say so, apologize and take a more reasonable position.

It seems that right now many of the people hoping to be president of the USA have no idea how to either keep stupid thoughts inside their head or when they have popped out, how to say “sorry, that was a silly thing to say, let me try that again”.

The most amazing “postulater” of half chewed misinformed and ignorant statements is quite clearly Donald Trump.

In just a few short weeks he’s accused all Mexican illegal immigrants of being drug dealing, murdering rapists and he’s publically stated that one of the leading elder statesmen of the US government was not a hero because he was shot down and captured while performing a mission during a war.

Everyone at one time or another has said something stupid, it happens, but no one can be that arrogant to think that when they have said something really inane that it’s okay to stand behind the statement, just because it came out of their own mouth.

There are clearly problems with illegal immigration in the US, but the issue is not just the migrants themselves, it’s much bigger than that. Economics drives migration, farmers who use undocumented labor should be imprisoned. Those who help traffic migrants illegally should be imprisoned. There are tough and reasonable actions that must be taken to provide a framework for legal migration for all levels of workers. But it is not by claiming that all immigrants from a specific country or region are immoral at every level.

John McCain is not everyone’s ideal senator. He’s vacillated between being a free thinking “maverick” and a right wing party mouthpiece, but one thing absolutely everyone can agree to, is that he was and is incredibly brave and a hero of the wars he fought in. He took amazing risks to perform his duty, was terribly injured and while in captivity under extreme duress did not tell the enemy what they wanted to hear. And he has spent most of his life serving his country. In the hierarchy of heroes he’s pretty much up there with the best.

Donald Trump should be ashamed of his words, that’s a natural response when you have verbal diarrhea. But instead the “donald” seems to believe that his shit stinks of roses. I really think his arrogance is boundless. If there was ever a need to use tar and feathers and carry someone out of town on a rail in humiliation, it’s now and it’s Trump. Maybe they can turn the process into a reality TV show.

I personally will be telling people they are “pulling a trump”, when they say something really ignorant and insulting and then stand by it.

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I Hate Gay Heroes

Every time I hear of an LBGT hero I just get angry. There should be absolutely nothing heroic required for someone to live their lives in-line with who they are. The simple fact is that bigoted, sexist people who are just low in mental fortitude are scared of anyone who is unlike themselves and create reasons for people to have to perform unreasonable levels of activity to overcome unreasonable barriers to be able to live their lives as their biology and their personality defines it.

I know people of many potential variants (as does everyone), some are gay, some are straight, and some I have no idea. Some are great people and some are assholes, and some (most) are somewhere in-between. When I see a person, I see, a person, and frankly it doesn’t matter what they wear, who they marry or who they hold hands with.

When I hear of a sports star who “heroically” came out to their team mates, or had their nuts chopped off and was featured on the cover of a magazine in a bathing suit, I’m not thinking “hero”, I’m thinking “what the fu@k”, it’s some person living their lives as they see fit, just like everyone else, stop making such a lot of fuss about it.

Let’s just accept that every person is different from every other person, and stop worry about it.

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First they came for…

First they came for the homesexuals, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Homesexual.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they shot the black men, and I did not speak out-
Because I’m not black and they didn’t shoot me.

Then they came for the women, limiting their health options, and their relative pay, and I did not speak out-
Because I’m not a woman, and hey I can afford the expensive healthcare.

Then they came for the environment, and I did not speak out –
Because I can afford a water filter and live in a city.

Then they came for the illegal immigrants, and I did not speak out –
Because I’m legal.

Then they came for the voting rights of poor people and non-white people, and I did not speak out –
Because I’m white and not poor.

Then they came for the homeless people and I did not speak out –
Because I have a home.

Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak for me.

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Being selfish or ignorant are not desirable attributes.

It’s beyond embarrassing that democratically elected members of the U.S. Government think that science is a lie and that being selfish is equally as good as being generous.

Fools will always exist and selfish people will always exist, but knowing someone is an idiot and then voting for that idiot boggles the mind.

We have senators, representatives, governors, judges and even police chiefs that think the world was actually created (in a literal sense) 6000 years ago. They think that weather is manually manipulated by a god in response to any social behavior they don’t agree with. That poor people are only poor because they are lazy. That healthcare should be for-profit. That war is a good thing.

Yes we have people who won most votes in elections that think that immigrants should stay illegal, and that it’s okay to discriminate if you can says it’s for religious reasons. That woman should be subservient, paid less and seen as baby receptacles with no personal rights. That sexual orientation is a reason to discriminate. That taxes should be lowest for those with the most. That white is better than black (because they think that skin color is important). That slavery wasn’t a terrible thing. That it’s okay to be self-centered. That ignorance is as good as knowledge.

These people are just wrong. Shockingly, morally and in my view legally wrong.

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The Logical And Ethical Limits To Any Belief

A huge number of people take great comfort in the ideas of religion. These ideas help them deal with the death of love ones, illness and many other uncomfortable aspects of life. The power of being able to share a bond with others through cultural and emotional experiences that don’t directly require conscious consideration of the material world is helpful for the mind. And many people learn a lot of ethical lessons through their religious organizations often through the telling and analysis of ancient stories.

Many people band together under the umbrella of their shared cultural grouping / religious organization to do good things to help those with less or in need.

But there are very clear limits that need to be observed.

When any religion teaches that it’s absolutely right and every other way is wrong the line has been crossed. And every single religion teaches this.

No religion or group should be exempt from the law, including paying taxes.

No religion has the right to “force” their views on anyone, ever!

Religions lost their right to be the arbiters of ethics the first time a priest abused a child and was not punished. The first time a Hasidic Jew stoned a car on a Saturday. The first time a Muslim denied the holocaust and was not punished. The first time a TV evangelist collected money for a new swimming pool for his house or car. The first time the inquisition used pain as tool. The first time a religious zealot was not held to account.

That horse bolted out of the stable thousands of years ago and there is absolutely no way back. Religion can only be decent with humility and with no ability to impose its ideas, ever!

If anyone wants to be part of a religious group they are free to do so, of course, but we all have an absolute responsibility to ensure that every religion and every religious person is peaceful and keeps their ideas inside their own group.

If your religion teaches that people who don’t follow your rules will be punished in the next life, leave that punishment to the next life. If you don’t like how people act, then don’t let them join your religion! That is the absolute extent of any religious groups power.

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Shag one sheep……

So you get asked to give a keynote to an organization, that’s wonderful, what is the first thing you do? Well you research the organization so that you understand the audience and can tune your presentation.

And when you do that, you note that the president of the organization used to be a grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan.

So you write your presentation, and you go to the event, and it’s hard not to notice the type of people on the stage with and in the audience.

So you give your presentation, shake a few hands and get on with your life.

It’s possible that you are “that” oblivious of your surroundings, and did not notice the shaven heads, angular tattoos and general tone of the conversations, but it’s hard to generally ignore a large number of bigots, I know I try regularly.

The old “oh I didn’t realize they were racists” line, just isn’t going to cut it.

Why not go for the “represent all constituents” play, and that will work if there happens to be a few less white keynotes in your history. If not you’re just a racist (and that is not a good thing for a GOP whip btw)

If may have just been one white supremacist keynote, but as they say in Australia “shag just one sheep, and you’ll be known as a sheep shagger for life”

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What the hell is going on! oh right the same as always.

What the hell is going on!

Like most kids around the world, when I was at school I learnt of the history of the Brits who travelled to America to find solace free from religious and social tyranny.

It was held up as the pinnacle of freedom. A country driven to see all people as equal and to allow each individual the freedom to live their lives as they wished.

Of course the next chapter in that children’s history book did explain that all wasn’t perfect, with oppression of native people, rampant slavery, racism and sexism issues and a history of political corruption and political cowardice that pretty much matched the rest of the world. I know now that this chapter is taught very differently in America.

It seems that maybe teaching the issues of the past more completely may have been a great way to help people to learn to stop repeating them.

The issues of today, seem to be all too familiar from that children’s history book.

Yes I’m looking at you corrupt Supreme Court, and you, paid for politicians, and you business owners who think you have rights greater than other individuals, and you irresponsible gun rights advocates, and you manufacturers who ship jobs oversees to save a buck irrespective of the long term social costs, and you climate change deniers who put your short term profits ahead of long term health and social need, and you union leaders who limit growth of your members to line your personal power bases, and you war profiteers, and you bigots who subvert the meaning of religious texts to support your bigotry…. Hmm it’s a long list when you think about it….

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