Posts tagged Republicans

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 1 year ago

John Green's tumblr: "I am Republican. But kind of a RINO (Republican in Name Only.) Can I still be a nerdfighter, because it seems like the...

fishingboatproceeds:

So asks Jack in my sometimes-still-broken ask box.

Responses:

1. Let’s take a wild guess and assume there are about 100,000 people who, if asked, would identify as a nerdfighter. About 30,000 of those people live outside of the United States, so they are probably neither Republicans nor…

Part of being a Nerdfighter is working to decrease worldsuck.  This is a vague and subjective idea, but supporting the current Republican platform means supporting a social agenda to actually take rights away from people, and that fights to deny real science.  That seems to me to be increasing worldsuck.  

People at the intersection of Nerdfighter and Republican will probably cite economic arguments rather than social ones to back their position.  But it takes a very short memory to think that Republican economic policy is actually better for the country.  The country’s economy as a whole was better off under Clinton than under Bush.  It’s not debatable, it’s a fact - we went from having a budget surplus and paying down the debt to the worst recession since the Great Depression.  

But I’m not interested in turning this into a long argument over economic policy.  I think Nerdfighters are a smart bunch, capable of assessing these sorts of things on their own.  They’re also capable of recognizing that when you vote for someone, you vote for all of their policy ideas, not just the ones you like.  

And even if you’re on board with all of the economic and social policy that the Republicans have to offer, any smart, rational person should be able to see that the potential consequences of denying climate change science are too big - millions, if not billions of lives are at stake.  Aside from rising ocean levels, we’re seeing droughts that will almost certainly lead to food shortages in our own country and others, a global increase in extreme weather, an increase in UV exposure due to ozone depletion, etc.  You can argue with the scientists all you want about the cause of these phenomena, but you need to realized that they’ve spent their whole lives going to school to learn how to study these kinds of things, and then doing the studying and performing experiments.  And even if somehow thousands of incredibly smart, highly-trained scientists are somehow wrong about this, it doesn’t hurt us to try to curb our pollution and switch over to clean energy.  There will be just as many longterm energy-sector jobs if everything goes over to wind and solar power, and even more during the transition period.  The only people who stand to lose from accepting the science are big oil executives.

tl;dr:  When you vote Republican, you vote for a platform that is anti-equality, anti-women’s-rights, pro-greed, anti-environment, and pro-big-oil.  To me, that doesn’t square with decreasing worldsuck.

Posted 1 year ago
underthemountainbunker:

The 111th Congress was practically defined by Republicans who turned an extraordinary measure–the filibuster–into a routine tool of obstruction. GOP senators invoked holds and filibusters on virtually everything that came from Senate Democrats, resulting in a session that saw more filibusters than any previous session in history. This nifty graph is illustrative. […] 
At this point, I’m honestly unsure of what will convince reporters to cease the constant equivalence between the two parties. Democrats aren’t angels, of course, but the Republican Party has embarked on a crusade against the norms that govern conduct in the Senate. It’s totalistic approach to politics is responsible for congressional dysfunction, and placing blame on both sides only makes the problem harder to solve. — Prospect.org

underthemountainbunker:

The 111th Congress was practically defined by Republicans who turned an extraordinary measure–the filibuster–into a routine tool of obstruction. GOP senators invoked holds and filibusters on virtually everything that came from Senate Democrats, resulting in a session that saw more filibusters than any previous session in history. This nifty graph is illustrative. […] 

At this point, I’m honestly unsure of what will convince reporters to cease the constant equivalence between the two parties. Democrats aren’t angels, of course, but the Republican Party has embarked on a crusade against the norms that govern conduct in the Senate. It’s totalistic approach to politics is responsible for congressional dysfunction, and placing blame on both sides only makes the problem harder to solve.Prospect.org

Posted 2 years ago

Facebook Protection Amendment Voted Down In House

House Republicans blocked a measure Tuesday night that would have let the Federal Communications Commission prevent employers from forcing workers to reveal their Facebook passwords.

Democrats offered the legislation as part of bill to slap new restrictions on FCC rules after a string of reports about employers insisting on access to social media accounts — a practice that some senators already want investigated by the Justice Department.

[…]

The measure failed, 184 to 236, with no Republicans voting for it.

Utterly ridiculous.

(Source: sarahlee310)

Posted 2 years ago

lepreas:

“deathstyle”? Oh my fuck, you need to crawl back to the pits of hell where you came from.

Dear Rick Santorum,

I came out before I even knew gay porn existed.  I’ve never been attracted to women.  Wrap your brain around that.  Now, sashay away.

Posted 2 years ago

The love I have for Bad Lip Reading must be something like the love Sarah Palin has for her developmentally disabled child.

Posted 2 years ago
Gentlepeople, I present to you:  our voting public.

Gentlepeople, I present to you:  our voting public.

Posted 2 years ago

drinkthe-koolaid:

shitrepublicancandidatessay:

Ridiculous as sodomy laws may be, there clearly is no right to privacy nor sodomy found anywhere in the Constitution.” -A discussion of why Lawrence v. Texas (the Supreme Court case about whether it was constitutional for police in Texas to enter a gay man’s apartment and arrest him for having anal sex) was wrongly decided. From Ron Paul’s “Federal Courts and the Imaginary Constitution,” August 2003.

“Privacy is one of the most sacred elements of a free society. It is now common to pass laws which routinely violate the Constitutional guarantee that our homes and persons are not to be invaded by government agents.” -From Ron Paul’s book, Freedom Under Siege, published 1987.

Makes perfect sense. My shit is stuff, your stuff is shit (thanks George Carlin).

For those of you who are curious, the Supreme Court has inferred the right to privacy from the 3rd amendment.  For example, in Griswold vs. Connecticut (1965), the court decided that the amendment implied that a person’s home should be free from agents of the state.  For those not keeping track, the 3rd amendment is the one that says we’re not required to quarter troupes in our own homes.  Why is this important?  Well, the 3rd amendment is specifically part of the constitution, and the constitution also has an entire article setting up the Judiciary, including the Supreme Court.  It’s the court’s job to interpret the constitution, not a legislator’s, like Ron Paul, and not the President’s, as he wants to be.  There is in fact well-regarded and legal constitutional precedent for the right to privacy, and it’s not something you can have both ways, just because you don’t like a certain group of people.

(Source: shnaashnaa)

Posted 2 years ago

randomactsofchaos:

Matt Wuerker/Politico (12/01/2011)

This is full of yes.