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I think it's time to fight... not for survival, either. [Nov. 9th, 2016|01:40 pm]
Okay. For years, now, the Republicans have been playing games with the US. And it's time to put a stop to it.

"We're the party of jobs, and fiscal responsibility!" they say. But their policies make it more lucrative to lay off workers, ship jobs overseas, and change full-time work with benefits to contracted, "temporary" workers with lower wages and poor benefits.

"We respect the Constitution!" they say, and when the Supreme Court declares a law *explicitly* allowed by the Constitution, and *explicitly* voted into place by an overwhelming majority of Congress, to be unconstitutional, they cheered, and immediately set out trying to reduce the ability of minorities to vote.

"We stand for good character!" they said, and then nominated Donald Trump.

"We stand for the rule of law!" they said, and they cheered that self-same duckfart when he promised to break domestic and international laws regarding warfare, and promised to sic law enforcement on a political opponent when there is absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing.

It is time to fight back.

Look: in 1994, one could be excused for going along to get along. Even in 2001, one could say "we can't afford divisiveness during such a national tragedy." But once 2008 rolled around, the Republicans resoundingly declared that if they couldn't have the White House, they would fight back and obstruct at every point. And they did that, for eight solid years... and they were rewarded with complete control of the federal government for doing this.

It's clear that trying to do the right thing doesn't work. Which doesn't mean to act like the Republicans, but it does mean it's time to hang everything around their neck.

Donald Trump promised to build a wall - well, make him build it, and when he doesn't, when he can't, point out what a liar and a loser he is.

If he forces investigations of Hillary Clinton, support her every step of the way. Remember: they're accusing her of crimes where there *are* no crimes. Using a private e-mail server was not criminal; turning over documents as ordered is not criminal; having a server admin lose some e-mails is not criminal. Having been Secretary of State, and having watched over reporting that intelligence thought that the riots in one place could be used as a cover-story for an attack in another, is not criminal.

They're essentially demanding to lock her up because they have hated her ever since her husband was in the White House. And if the investigations come up empty, point out how she was *EXONERATED* and was *INNOCENT* yet hounded by hate.

The Republicans promised jobs. They don't know how to create high paying jobs; they only know how to milk money out of a business, and encourage cost cutting (= layoffs).

Coal jobs are going to keep dropping in number and quality. Point that out - over and over, these liars and losers told you things would get better, didn't they? And they won't, because they played you for suckers.

Manufacturing jobs aren't coming back; when they don't, point out those liars and losers played their base for suckers - again.

Mexico has no reason to pay for a border wall, no matter how moronic the President is; point out what a liar and loser a person would have to be to have played his base for suckers - AGAIN - by claiming otherwise.

I've seen people posting that we have to "get through this" that we have to "survive". But you can't fight "to survive". You can't play for "a draw". You have to fight, and play, to win. And you might accept "just" survival, or "just" a draw, but you don't fight for those. Not when so much damage has already been done.

Listen: When George W. Bush was President, he led the nation into a pointless, costly war, one that likely caused a lot of the problems we're seeing in the middle east, in addition to tens of thousands of needless deaths, and many thousands of wounded military folks.He was roundly supported, and praised, for his actions, until it was politically untenable. Now we have to deal with someone who's even less competent, even less plugged into reality. We can't make the same mistakes we made with George W. We have to fight back, from day one, with everything.

But we have to fight smart. And we have to point out that the incompetent idiots doing the damage they're doing are doing it because they keep playing their base for suckers.

Not because these people are "voting against their self-interest" - that might be true, might not be true, but it's not the point. The Republicans don't care about their base's self-interest - they just say whatever they need to say to win an election, to skin a sucker, figuring more skin will grow back before the next skinning season.