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My Father Didn't Use to Be a RWNJ - What Happened?

Do you have a crazy dad, uncle or brother? Was he always like that? Or is the craziness an acquired affliction? Here, I'm talking politically. Specifically about those relatives, who in their youth were centrist or close to it, sometimes even quite liberal, who have now veered hard right. You do? If ...

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Trump Says Heather Heyer Is no Better than a Neo-Nazi.

Another week in the Trump presidency winds down - and like most of the previous ones, it is well called the 'his worst week' yet. Trump is a man celebrated for his faults - so steeped in wickedness and disregard for humanity that it takes great endurance to wade through his failings ...

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The Far Right Embraces a Sinking President - And Vice Versa.

The white right has claimed that Confederate statues are nothing more than cultural symbols. That to tear them down is to deny history or at least revise it. They maintain the fiction that the civil war was a fight for states rights  - and not to preserve slavery. A claim ...

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An orange man promotes white supremacy.

Trump Speaks from the Heart - and the World Hears the Evil.

Trump loves Nazis. In his initial comments, he blamed the violence in Charlottesville on 'many sides'. It took two days - and a whole lot of criticism - for him to condemn neo-nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK by name. And even then, while he said the required words, his ...

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What Trump Did on His Summer Vacation (So Far).

In the news this week, one crazy haired madman, with his finger on the nuclear trigger, dared another crazy haired madman to fire his missiles. The threat came with Wagnerian Gotterdammerung as Trump warned Kim Jong-un that there would be 'fire and fury' because America was 'locked and loaded'. Is his ...

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Do you have a crazy dad, uncle or brother? Was he always like that? Or is the craziness an acquired affliction? Here, I’m talking politically. Specifically about those relatives, who in their youth were centrist or close to it, sometimes even quite liberal, who have now veered hard right. You do? If so, he may have been afflicted by: ‘Crazy Aging White Guy Syndrome’ (CAWGS).

The symptoms are recognizable. The victim is glued to Fox News. He shares chain-emails and fantastical social media memes. He fears everyone has an ‘agenda’: Libtards, radical homosexuals, feminazis, rapist Mexicans, gun grabbers, atheists, the United Nations, climatologists, Black Lives Matter, Jews, public schools, Antifa.

Possibly a victim of ‘Crazy Aging White Guy Syndrome’

And to him, all these hatemongers are either unAmerican, flag-burning rioters, or shadowy cabalists praying on the national flabbiness engendered by complicit Democrats. Either way, they are dedicated to the destruction of America. The shredding of our values. The evisceration of our way of life.

As the name implies, it usually affects Caucasian males of a certain age – although women and minorities can also suffer. Whether it is an organic condition on the dementia spectrum – or a psychological deficit – I cannot say. It isn’t my area of expertise. But the effects are blatant.

There is nothing inherently wrong  – in fact, it shows a welcome intellectual flexibility – in changing your mind. But such change should be in reaction to new facts – not an impulse. It should be a decision made by the head – not the heart. However, in CAWGS sufferers, there is nothing rational about their shift into right-wing monomania.

They cannot offer any original reasoning for their thinking. There is no daylight between their protestations and the ‘talking points’ broadcast by Fox, Breitbart, Drudge, and the like. Hannity has infected their brain. If you are a fan of 1950s sci-fi movies, think of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

What happened to them? Again I can only say, I don’t know. Low testosterone? Virility fading into senility? Fear? And if it is fear – fear of what? Do they know?

Often these are people who own their own house. Their retirement is set. They have no medical issues beyond the usual age related failings.

They protest school curricula – but their kids are long grown. Healthcare – but they are on Medicare. Immigrants – but who’s mowing their lawn? Minorities – but there aren’t any in their neighborhood.

They fear Sharia Law – but their politicians are all Christian. Gay marriage – but they’re divorced. Gun grabbers – but they don’t even own a gun.

Sometimes it’s a mild case. Families agree that politics is verboten and comity is preserved. But in worse cases, children lose a parent or siblings are rent asunder.

So far, there is no cure.

 

 

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Trump Says Heather Heyer Is no Better than a Neo-Nazi.

August 19, 2017

Another week in the Trump presidency winds down – and like most of the previous ones, it is well called the ‘his worst week’ yet. Trump is a man celebrated for his faults – so steeped in wickedness and disregard for humanity that it takes great endurance to wade through his failings and pick his worst. But let’s […]

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The Far Right Embraces a Sinking President – And Vice Versa.

August 17, 2017

The white right has claimed that Confederate statues are nothing more than cultural symbols. That to tear them down is to deny history or at least revise it. They maintain the fiction that the civil war was a fight for states rights  – and not to preserve slavery. A claim the southern states themselves repudiated […]

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Trump Speaks from the Heart – and the World Hears the Evil.

August 15, 2017

Trump loves Nazis. In his initial comments, he blamed the violence in Charlottesville on ‘many sides’. It took two days – and a whole lot of criticism – for him to condemn neo-nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK by name. And even then, while he said the required words, his heart wasn’t in it. Then […]

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What Trump Did on His Summer Vacation (So Far).

August 11, 2017

In the news this week, one crazy haired madman, with his finger on the nuclear trigger, dared another crazy haired madman to fire his missiles. The threat came with Wagnerian Gotterdammerung as Trump warned Kim Jong-un that there would be ‘fire and fury‘ because America was ‘locked and loaded‘. Is his script written by the NRA […]

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Trump Declares a National Opioid Emergency. Now What?

August 10, 2017

Donald Trump declared opioids a national health emergency – but did so two days after his Secretary of HHS said that it was premature to do so. An administration about-face which raises questions about Trump’s sincerity – if Trump’s lack of follow through on everything wasn’t already enough to cause doubt. Add in the fact that […]

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Really? – 8.6.17 – NRA threats; Fox’s Weiner; Medvedev Has His Fun; Pence the Sanctimonious Git; Gingrich Racist.

August 6, 2017

You know the NRA is nervous. They wheeled out Dana Loesch to make a hysterical (in any sense you want) video threatening the NY Times that the NRA is “coming for you”. The apocalyptic message lost some of its sting when a debate erupted over whether Loesch claimed she would ‘fisk’ or ‘fist’ the Times (look it up). […]

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Trump Claims He’s ‘Working’. I Suppose He Has to Start Sometime.

August 5, 2017

Trump is on vacation – ignoring his promise to serve a vacation-free presidency.  A commitment he made as he said he would have ‘too much to do’. Plus he has boundless energy. And he’s the fittest man ever to be President. Also lost in the weeds is his demand that the Senate match his stick-to-it […]

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Can John Kelly Tame Trump?

August 2, 2017

With jut-jawed, steel-spined, 4-star, Marine General John Kelly as the new Chief of Staff, the inmates expect order will be restored to the asylum. With mealy-mouthed Reince dispatched, slippery Sean Spicer on to the next thing, and the volcanically foul Scaramucci smacked back to New York’s mean streets, discipline and morale will again roost in the […]

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