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Post: # 9833Post Garrett Gilchrist
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:56 pm

RIGHT WING CHRISTMAS CAROLS:
(Santa Baby)

"Santa Actually
I think you'll find that Hitler was right
I'm white
The Last Jedi was bad
I'm on Twitter
And I'll be in your mentions all year"

"Santa blocked me
For asking about black on black crime
I got time
And a hundred accounts
Try and block me
I'll make up some statistics and lie"

"Social justice
is ruining our games and TV
I pee
In my pants
I can't read
Say 'Zack Snyder'
And I'll be in your mentions all year"

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Post: # 9841Post Garrett Gilchrist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:09 pm

everyone with power in our society is 75 years old and thinks Miracle Whip is too spicy

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Post: # 9842Post Garrett Gilchrist
Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:13 pm

In the future, everyone will want to not be famous for 15 minutes

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Post: # 9854Post Garrett Gilchrist
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:01 pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day on Twitter is wild. You get to read asshole white supremacists all day saying "If MLK was alive today, he'd be a white male Republican neo-nazi NRA member working with the CIA to bring down Black Lives Matter and call liberals SJW cucks"

The NRA and CIA and Mike Pence and Steve King and

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Post: # 9863Post Garrett Gilchrist
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:19 am

Going back in time to make a sequel to the Super Mario Bros movie ...

about Wario and Waluigi

played by Danny DeVito and Steffan Karl Steffansson


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Post: # 9872Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:29 am

America is now so far to the right that we have White Nationalists in the White House, Nazis controlling the discourse on Twitter, and the likes of Tucker Carlson reciting White Nationalist crapaganda talking points every night on television, and no one blinks an eye.

In the thirty-eight years of my lifetime, the American "left" has produced no socialist or truly progressive leaders, only centrist hyper-capitalists who have continued and expanded income inequality and a general war on the poor. Voters on the "left" have shown little ability to even imagine or discuss leftist positions.

In the thirty-eight years of my lifetime, voters on the "left" have accepted cynical and harmful right-wing language and framing demonizing "political correctness," welfare, unions, "social justice," "big government," and so on. They've accepted right-wing framing which could cast the right as patriots and the Democrats as the party of Satan.

It's been a breath of fresh air to see a genuine young voice in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but she's alone, and the Democratic establishment has immediately worked to primary her and tear her down.

The rebellion of past generations has turned out to be entirely hollow and without any actual leftist thought behind it.

Many or most people under forty have come of age without any hope of making a living wage, and without any of the opportunities that past generations took for granted.

No more.

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Post: # 9873Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:26 pm

She's a tough-on-crime candidate who tough-on-crime conservatives hate on sight.

She's a progressive Democrat candidate who can't stand and makes fun of progressive Democrats.

She's a black woman who put a lot of black women in jail, thinks we need more police, and padlocks her front door because there are Criminals Out There.

She's a strict, hard-as-nails candidate who always sounds like she's crying.

She's ready to take on Donald Trump, but acts like she'd go hide in a corner if he was mean to her.

She's Kamala Harris, and she's a bad choice for Democratic nominee.

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Post: # 9881Post Garrett Gilchrist
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:11 am

I'm almost forty now, and in my lifetime neither party have acknowledged that my generation even exists. The messaging has always been "Shut up and sit down, the adults are talking." That is still the messaging from older "liberal" voters. They haven't listened to us, the generations who have actually had to deal with the fallout from the horribly destructive policies followed since Reagan. People my age came of age during a financial crash and never recovered, and older politicians and voters speak to us condescendingly from a position of comfort and power that we were never allowed to attain.

People under forty now are more socialist than ever, and looking for real progressive policies, and politicians who stand for something. There is a massive disconnect between the billionaire donors who the Democrats work for and voters on the left, who want progressive policies.

What the Democrats have done in my lifetime is a colossal failure. They are the Washington Generals of a political party, always losing because they can't actually stand for anything progressive, because of the billionaire interests who own them.

Neoliberalism has gotten us to this point. As the right have pushed ever more racist and destructive policies, Democrats have done the same. Did Obama end the Forever Wars? Of course not. Did Bill Clinton run on ending welfare for poor families? Did he push mass incarceration at a steadily increasing rate? He did.

Some have defined Neoliberalism as taking progressive policy and watering it down until it's meaningless. "Every American should have free health care" becomes "Every American citizen who works forty hours per week for a major employer should have access to the ability to purchase affordable health insurance."

That's what got us into this mess. Republican strategy, this entire time, has been based around assuming that Democrats will buckle under pressure and accept whatever bad-faith framing and messaging of them the GOP can come up with.

As Twitter account @arr put it, "The last decade has been the Democrats clinging onto the rulebook going "but a dog can't play basketball!" while a dog fucking dunks on us over and over"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets this, because she's young and in her lifetime the GOP have been nothing but cartoonish villains, and she treats them as such. She didn't stand up and clap at the end of the State of the Union, and everyone else did. She called Trump racist on 60 minutes, while Cory Booker won't do so. She acts like a normal person - the rest of them frankly don't. This often makes her seem like the last human alive in a Body Snatchers film, surrounded by sellouts. She's a junior legislator with little power, but the right are terrified of her in a way they only pretend to be with some of her peers.

The only Presidential candidates who scare Wall Street are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and it's still hard to argue that they're actually in this thing to win it. There's still a lot of resentment over Bernie Sanders perhaps sabotaging Hillary Clinton's candidacy, but there's a reason why people weren't all that excited about Hillary. She represents a Neoliberal status quo, when we're facing extinction-level climate change and financial disaster within the next ten years. Are we really pretending that even the likes of Michael Moore had made whole films about what a sellout Hillary was? She ran on probably the most progressive platform a Democrat has had, but Bernie Sanders was able to disrupt all that. Not just because he's a man, but because he's a socialist who stands for something that people could easily latch onto. His presence was destructive, but his message resonated, and I was shocked that so many Hillary supporters - young and old - couldn't understand why.

Donald Trump may be one of the worst people who ever lived, but as a candidate he and his people were smart enough to coopt the language of revolution. He ran on "draining the swamp" of Washington and gave even his young followers something to be excited about. He was going to change Washington by hurting, bullying, and somehow destroying whatever vague enemy his supporters hated. This appealed mostly to racists and bigots, but it also appealed because people know something is very wrong in America and that the "status quo" isn't cutting it.

The fact that Trump represents the "status quo" as much as a person possibly can is another matter - he's a wealthy racist, the son of a wealthy racist, who has had everything handed to him all his life and never had to learn to even pretend to be a human being.

And he also represents the most extreme version of the GOP ideal that I've seen in my lifetime. Reagan's policies about ending welfare, resegregating schools, cutting taxes for the wealthy, mass incarceration, and ignoring the AIDS epidemic were extreme and represented a new normal that we never escaped. But they were done with a smile and with some pretense toward bipartisanship. It's gotten worse with every GOP administration since. Trump is a big dumb bully surrounded by big dumb bullies, to such an extent that he makes George W. Bush seem normal. He's a walking joke, and his administration is a wrecking ball staffed by actual white nationalists who know they don't have to pretend anymore. Right wing media like FOX News has gotten so extreme in the meantime that they don't have to pretend either. The likes of Tucker Carlson spit out white nationalist talking points every night as if it's news.

Trump's most ardent supporters are conspiracy theorists who believe he is "draining the swamp." They believe, without evidence, that Trump is an avenging hero, here to arrest every single Democrat and liberal in Washington and Hollywood for crimes of treason and pedophilia.

Overt Nazism has now taken over Twitter and other social media, scaring women, LGBT and minorities into hiding. Many people under forty have had to come of age without any hope of making real money, dealing with crushing poverty and the threat of homelessness. Meanwhile climate change looms on the horizon, to the extent that people under forty have to accept that we may not have a future as a species.

More of the same from the Democrats isn't cutting it. They are talking to their billionaire donors and to older voters, but they're not talking to progressives. They're not talking to the left. They're not talking to anyone under forty. "Shut up, the adults are talking" doesn't cut it anymore as a poltical message. A lot of people who are politically informed under age 27 are farther to the left than I am, and not willing to settle for a muddled political message with so many qualifiers it's meaningless. "Every American citizen who works forty hours per week for a major employer should have access to the ability to purchase ..."

Voters have kept receipts and are fully aware of how the likes of Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Beto O'Rourke have sold out progressive values. They know that Tulsi Gabbard leans right. If Joe Biden runs, he'll be eaten alive for his past record. They're looking for a better candidate than a wolf in sheep's clothing, because our country may not survive another decade and a half of this.

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