13 March 2016

It's Political, Plus Bonus Words on that Toad Scalia

Antonin Scalia
There is a lot of political campaigning going on right now. Big election in November, if you hadn't heard. All of it is enough to give any reasonable person a headache, although watching the GOP implode under the weight of the racism and aggressive ignorance they have been peddling for the past eight years while Obama has been in office is fascinating theater.

I was astonished at how weak the Republican candidates were when Obama ran for election in 2008. The field has only gotten worse since then, and this most recent cast of idiots (Rubio, Cruz, Trump Drumpf, Carson, et. al.) is a marvel for the breadth and depth of their unlikeability. You have to go some distance to be more repulsive than a craven power monger like Hilary Clinton and yet they manage all that and then some.

It's weird when you step outside the echo chamber and discover that a person like Trump has a lot of popular support. He's a bully and an egomaniac and an asshole but for some reason people think that makes for a good leader. Bullies are terrible leaders, but they make small people feel good. Trump is Whitey Bulger with a better head start in life. Trump is a joke but the American voting public loves a good joke, which is why they elected G.W. Bush. Twice.

I had a person that I otherwise respected tell me with a straight face that Barack Obama was the worst president in modern history. I'm not sure how you reach that conclusion objectively as it ignores the fact that one of the main reasons Obama was able to get elected was that he replaced the actual worst president in modern history. But that's the narrative that Fox news is peddling. And if people are willing to believe that nonsense then a Trump presidency probably sounds pretty good to them.

The United States was founded as an oligarchy for a reason. People are dumb, and they get one vote, same as you.

Also, while I'm sharing some feedback on Politics: Antonin Scalia died and not a moment too soon. I never said a good word about that man while he was alive and I don't intend to start now. He was buried with great ceremony by that bigotry and ignorance think tank, that pederast-protecting and enabling institution that he so loved, the Catholic church.

Scalia was a pompous, arrogant toad that reveled in his own importance. The Catholics LOVED him like no other. As a true believer that never let the law get in the way of his closely held religious beliefs he was no better than a mullah or a rabbi that uses his holy book to guide his interpretation of the law. He sat on the court and flew that regressive Catholic flag for a generation, held back legislation for equal protection under the law.

His legacy will be that of Henry Billings Brown, who I had to look up because he is the asshole that wrote the majority opinion on Plessy vs. Ferguson ("separate but equal"). He's dead now and good riddance. Hopefully we can get someone on the court that isn't a steaming pile of shit. 

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