Someone had the audacity and the ignorance to suggest to me that Republicans lost the election due to redistricting. That silly excuse is a distraction from the real problem. Here’s a short list detailing why I think that is complete bullshit, having watched Republicans turn the people against them in just two short years:
Redistricting, my foot. Keep repeating that to yourself as John ‘Crybaby’ Boehner and Mitchy ‘Filibuster my own bill’ McConnell drive you guys even further into the ditch.
And if it’s not, what will it take?
To be clear, he’s not talking to Republicans. He’s talking to his base here.
This man sucks.
I hope each of you schmucks that voted for him is calling and writing letters to your legislators about this.
I’m not naive enough to think that the government isn’t already doing this, but the fact that Democrats are trying to make it explicitly legal makes my skin crawl.
Huzzah for electing the lesser of two evils, right?
blogvader replied to your post: I was even taught in my undergrad classes that the Civil War “wasn’t really about slavery”
It’s far more often that slavery is cited as the primary motivation for the Civil War, which is a gross oversimplification.
Interesting use of the word “gross.” I find diversionary and distracting language games about the Civil War that attempt to mask the clearly stated desires of the Confederates (i.e, to uphold an economic system based on the use and abuse of human beings) to be gross, personally.
I don’t understand why you think this point matters. At best, it shows both educational approaches are incorrect (partially or wholly) in their scope, which… Okay? At worst, it’s more of the same old distractions from the issue at hand.
Well, to put it simply, it annoys me to see people ignore aspects of historical events that contradict (or in this case, distract) from their preferred narrative. (A recent infamous example being Texans who want to rewrite the history books to exclude Thomas Jefferson due to his liberal leanings.) It’s incumbent upon the teacher to ensure their students understand the full significance of historical events, or else you’re just a glorified propagandist.
I’m not denying that slavery was an important aspect of the Civil War and southern culture, I’m specifying that there were several other factors that were of equal importance in the runup to the war. A few examples would be representation in Congress, the fundamental differences between northern and southern culture, and taxes.
Furthermore, I don’t think pointing out the fact that there were multiple factors contributing to the war in any way downplays the horrors of slavery, it just breeds more ignorance, only this time on the side of liberals.
It is extremely unfortunate that the Republican Party allowed it’s to be infiltrated and ultimately overrun by brainless, sociopathic demagogues, who would rather spend two years willfully driving the country into the ground to win one freaking election than doing everything in their power to help the tens of millions who’ve lost their jobs in the Bush Recession.
But that’s the Republican Party. If we want them out of power, we have to make it happen.
If this is what it takes for so-called ‘pro-life’ people to wake up and realize just how asinine and mind-numbingly stupid their anti-choice laws are, then so be it. We liberals can, and will, propose equally absurd shit to combat the fuckwitted proposals you assholes think you can thrust upon us to distract everyone from the fact that you don’t have the first fucking clue how to create jobs or fix the fucking economy.