Broke Republicans Are the Ultimate Cuckservatives

Voting for corporations to make more cash while you starve is economic cuckold

Many right-wing men are pretty obsessed with the word “cuck” these days. As defined by Urban Dictionary, “cuck” means:

Cuck is a man who’s a little bitch. Contrary to the beliefs of the liberal leaning crowd trying to explain something popularized by the conservatives, cuck is used by many races for someone who is spineless and IS derived from cuckold.

Her cuck boyfriend watched as a man flirted and felt up his girl in front of him.

She cheated on him and told him it would never happen again, he’s such a cuck to believe that.

As humans, we often project our fears onto others. Apparently swaths of right-leaning white men are fearful that black men will take on their nice white nonexistent girlfriends and wives. The idea is that it would be embarrassing to powerlessly witness another man having what should be yours.

The problem is that such an injustice is the entire premise of Capitalism. We live in an extremely fragile society where the slightest of natural disasters can topple basic services that we take for granted, such as cellular service and a timely response from 911 call centers. We saw this with Hurricane Harvey over the weekend and continuing into the week.

Economically speaking, keeping a country alive and thriving is a delicate balancing act in which you have to create public prosperity for those who have worked hard in life while also ensuring that those who’ve been dealt a bad hand don’t live in poverty. The United States, along with most other countries on Earth, are only good at one of those things. To painfully simplify the economic spectrum, you have communism on the far left, and capitalism on the far right.

Raw communism hardly works because everyone is essentially paid the same thing, no matter their effort or position. This inevitably leads to a lack of effort in society, as there are no promotions and no raises to strive for. Worse, you work for the government and not much innovation happens.

Raw capitalism, a form of anarchism, hardly works because the government provides nothing. Roads, bridges, healthcare, education, police, and the military would all belong to corporations instead of a democratically controlled government. Rather than votes and consensus creating laws, corporations would create them. Every road would have a toll, since road-making companies would need to make a profit.

Socialism is a strange term, as it really refers to having a mix of communism and capitalism. Modernly, “socialism” is a failed target of corporatists who are trying to equate it with communism and make it some sort of bogeyman to avoid at all costs (literally). Things that are “socialized” are called such because they are for the good of society. We socialize our roads, early education, police, and military, for a few examples. We definitely don’t want corporations controlling what police do, we want laws and regulations that were written for the good of society by democratically elected officials controlling what police do. In order to balance society, you need to balance communism and capitalism. This is just as fragile as coordinating emergency services (which are also socialized) during a disaster. It isn’t easy and takes a lot of debate and effort, as we see in the United States and around the world.

When the rich have too much power, our country gets dragged too far towards capitalism. Increasingly, corporations are finding ways to puppet master our schools and police. This problem is evident when we see officers brutalizing peaceful Standing Rock protestors at the behest of oil companies and banks invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

You don’t have to be Islamic to be a terrorist.

So-called “capitalists” almost always believe in some degree of socialism. Although common core is the subject of much criticism, including from myself, many Republican parents would dislike if they had to pay out of pocket for their children’s K-12 schooling. We pay taxes, and we expect that our children’s education will be mostly paid for by that. Patriotic corporations and employers are also happy to pay the taxes in order to achieve this so that they can hire competent and educated young people in the future. This is socialism and capitalism working together to create a strong economy and society, as they should.

Republican politicians and many centrist Democratic politicians don’t believe in these things. We increasingly see conservatives such as Betsy DeVos wanting to privatize education, and Donald Trump wanting to privatize our roads and bridges. These things would harm poor people greatly, as they would now have to spend part of their already abysmal wages on paying tolls to get to their job, as well as spend savings on educating their child (if they could even afford that.) We also know that these right-wing Republicans and Democrats largely oppose a higher minimum wage, tax-paid (not free, as many call it) college, and single-payer healthcare. These corporatist positions make the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and middle class disappear. Logically, no poor person would vote for the likes of a Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Chuck Schumer, or Nancy Pelosi, as these are politicians who are committed to enriching the rich. But for some reason, they do. While there are a handful of Democrats who look out for the poor and advocate for more social programs, such as Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, or Ro Khanna, no modern Republican advocates for anything resembling a fair and just economy.

Broke Republican voters, who already have almost no money, will get up out of their house to go pull the lever for a politician that will pass legalization to make broke Republicans even broker. Of course, the money that could have been yours under a better system doesn’t just evaporate. It goes to the top 1%. Someone has your money, it just isn’t you. To me, that sounds a lot like powerlessly witnessing another man having what should be yours.

And that is why broke Republicans are the ultimate cuckservatives.

(Don’t forget that Republicans keep winning because you keep voting for Democrats.)

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California Governor Jerry Brown Charges Middle Class for Infrastructure Damaged by Corporations

Now Nissan Leaf owners get to pay for the potholes created by trucking corporations

Global temperatures are rising at an alarming rate. Lakes are already polluted and oceans are next in line. The second largest cause of climate change (right behind animal abuse) is transportation.

In California and America’s Southwest region, temperatures are rising at alarming rates due to greenhouse gas emissions.

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One of the easiest ways to combat transport’s effects on the climate is to transition to electric vehicles that produce zero emissions. Tesla has been attempting to do this for a decade now by manufacturing electric vehicles that are sexier and sleeker than combustion engine competitors. In addition, many other companies such as GM are Nissan are selling 100% electric vehicles to consumers.

Electric vehicles provide tremendous environmental advantages, but also provide economic advantages by having very little fuel and maintenance costs. Electricity is about a sixth as expensive as gasoline for the same number of miles traveled, and oil changes are a nonexistent expense, as electric motors don’t require oil. Basically, you plug in your car like you would your smartphone when you arrive at home, and wake up every morning to a “full tank” for a sixth the price of gassing up. Oh, and don’t forget to change your wiper fluid to clean off the carbon dioxide on your windshield from the vehicle in front of you.

Saving money was possibly the largest incentive to own an electric vehicle. But thanks to SB-1 in California, signed by Democrat Jerry Brown, owning a zero-emissions vehicle just got more expensive for tens of thousands of middle-class commuters. The bill introduces new taxes not only on gasoline (usually purchased by poor people trying to drive to work so that they can afford to feed themselves) but also adds an inflation adjustable 100$ FEE on owners of electric vehicles in order to punish them for not buying gasoline from multinational oil corporations.

Jerry Brown claims that this tax is to repair infrastructure, which is a great cause. Infrastructure creates thousands of jobs, makes driving to work easier, and gives America a more pristine look. What’s crappy is that the method used here is a common one wielded by corporations: Privatising the gains and socializing the losses.

Here’s the breakdown of new taxes for the middle and lower classes:

  • $7.3 billion by increasing diesel excise tax 20 cents (currently $0.13) on 1 November 2017.
  • $3.5 billion by increasing diesel sales tax to 5.75% on 1 November 2017.
  • $24.4 billion by increasing gasoline excise tax 12 cents (currently $0.30) on 1 November 2017.
  • $16.3 billion from an annual transportation improvement fee based on a vehicle’s value starting 1 January 2018
  • $200 million from an annual $100 Zero Emission Vehicle fee starting 1 July 2020.
  • $706 million in General Fund loan repayments.

(via insideevs.com)

Note that the total revenue expected from the new taxes is $52 billion, but the EV tax is only expected to bring in 200 million of that. I’m not a math surgeon, but it looks like the EV tax is only 0.3846% of the total revenue gain- insignificant. In other words, the EV tax is just a kick in the balls to environmentally conscious drivers. This is the kind of trash that we can already expect from the Republican Party but is now prevalent in the increasingly corporate Democratic Party.

The most disgusting aspect of this new middle and lower class tax is that infrastructure is mainly damaged by the extremely wealthy- trucking corporations. The giant semi trucks (that everyone already hates) are a huge cause of crumbling roads and potholes. The extreme pressure on asphalt is bound to cause damage, which is fine. That’s physics. What isn’t fine is sending the bill to poor people who don’t actually drive the semi trucks. That’s just more oligarchy and financial irresponsibility on the part of the Democratic and Republican parties.

I’m sure the fact that Jerry Brown has received over $9.8 million from big energy companies has nothing to do with his signing of this bill.

DNC Gives Finger to Working Americans; Elects Tom Perez as Party Chairman

It was a bright and sunny February 25th. The sun was shining, birds chirping, and the DNC was holding a vote on who would direct the party through the rein of the fascist Trump regime. After being wiped out from statehouses, congress, and the presidency after succumbing to lobbyists and corporate donations (oops), the Democrats knew they needed real change, and needed it badly. That’s why they elected Tom Perez, who succumbs to lobbyists and corporate donations.

Perez won with a total of 235 votes, beating Keith Ellison, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders. Perez is much more loyal to the aristocracies of the Clintons and Obamas, and believes the path to success is exactly what lost the Democrats the 2016 election: More fundraising. Ellison believes that fighting against income inequality and for social justice would help the party more than Wall Street dollars. Obviously, the DNC disagreed (by 35 votes).

As Secretary of Labor, Perez famously allowed UBS, Barclays, J.P. Morgan, Royal Bank of Scotland Ground, and Citigroup to manage pensions, even after they were found guilty of market manipulation. This move was highly opposed by Ellison and other progressives.

Lol

Things like the fact that Hillary outraised Trump 5:1 during their campaigns and still lost are unimportant and irrelevant to Mr. Perez. To establishment Democrats, money is the root of all political success. Attending an expensive dinner with George Soros or any wealthy goons is far more preferable than, say, filling a football stadium with constituents (and raising way more money).

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At the start of February, the Republican National Committee had $37 million in the bank. The Democratic National Committee had $11 million in the bank and $4 million in debt. How’s that corporate fundraising working for you guys?

If you’re progressive, you might be frustrated by the fact that there is no opposition party to the Republicans. You want to vote, but you want to vote against war, for women’s rights, for a higher minimum wage, for environmental justice, and for universal healthcare, but the Democrats just aren’t getting you there. But I’ve got good news for you.

For the last few election cycles, at least presidentially, progressives have had an out via the Green Party. When you vote for a politician, you become responsible for that politician. Imagine if you had helped elect Barack Obama like I did, only to found out that he dropped 26,000 bombs on impoverished countries in 2016, or that he intentionally removed the public option  from Obamacare, forcing Americans to buy expensive private insurance (or pay a steep federal penalty). If those are ethical decisions you agree with, great- keep voting for Democrats. If you’re like me, on the other hand, give the Greens or Libertarians a whirl. While Libertarians aren’t my cup of tea economically, they have a solid social justice platform and are light-years more progressive than the GOP.

Third parties in this country need to grow quickly. The Democrats and Republicans are uniting to create an oligarchy, destroy the planet, and defame everyone who challenges them as pedophiles or fake news.

As an American, you should vote for who you are the most inspired by. And for me personally, anyone with a (D) or (R) next to their name is very uninspiring.

Of Aristocracies & Apathy

The perpetuation of the concept of U.S. “exceptionalism” and the use of the “noble lie” in school history books, the corporate owned establishment media, and political propaganda TV ads are methods used by those in power to quell a growing socialist-isolationist-populist movement that is understood by the financial elite as a danger to an existing financial system which increasingly funnels this country’s wealth to the rich and powerful.

So what is the definition of the “Noble Lie?” It means that false propaganda for the sake of the public welfare is totally acceptable. Although more often than not the “public welfare” generally means only the financial elite. Its use is incredibly effective in this country where a state of apathy exists among voters when it comes to knowing the issues and how they will affect them. An uninformed electorate is easily misled. A functional democracy that works for everyone depends on an informed electorate. The authors of the Constitution didn’t foresee a United States that was more interested in entertainment than in having a deep understanding of policies and issues.

Such it was with the invasion of Iraq for control of their oil reserves under the guise of a threat of weapons of mass destruction as a solution to this country’s growing economic problems in a new world economy. For the “public welfare”, the United States needed a new resource. One must remember that U.S. wealth is a result of our now diminishing natural resources. A second more recent economic advantage we had was this country’s gathering of intellectuals and scientists after the decimation of most of the manufacturing infrastructure across Europe and Japan during World War II. The United States industrial complex was left untouched by bombing. We now had a monopoly on the expertise and the factories needed to supply the world with goods – and large corporations became incredibly powerful. Powerful enough to perpetrate misinformation on an apathetic and uninformed public by way of massive campaign contributions to politicians who would return the favor with legislation that would allow them to become even more powerful. As of 2009, the Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case allowed for unlimited contributions to politicians by corporations. It is a self-perpetuating circle of favors and exclusivity (and you’re not in it.)

Another noble lie for the benefit of the “public welfare” is the attempt to disseminate the concept of trickle-down economics as a solution to a disappearing middle class. But in truth, this is nothing more than a veiled tax break windfall for big business that further serves to concentrate U.S. wealth to those already in power.

What is the definition of “exceptionalism?” It’s the perception that a country, society, or time period is “exceptional,” “extraordinary,” or “exempt” in some way and thus does not need to conform to normal rules or general principles. For example: the ultra conservative 15 person Texas Board of Education’s influence is apparent in widely used school history books which imply that this country’s deeply rooted protestant God-endorsed morality gives us a right to our “manifest destiny” and this country’s expansion across the Americas at the expense of the indigenous Indian population. But we didn’t stop at the Pacific, we’ve gone on nation building across the world – stealing foreign resources and squandering unimaginable amounts of taxpayer money on the Department of Defense corporate war machine which include the likes of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the Raytheon Corporation. So while it is generally true that the poorest individuals enlist, serve and die in the military, rich investors benefit from the consistently rising the stock value of said companies. In essence the rich are using their excessive wealth from immorally low tax rates for profiting on investments in military-funded corporations as opposed to contributing fairly to a sobering national dept. We are putting their wealth on this country’s credit card to be paid off at a later time by a middle class which will for the foreseeable future harbor that burden – not the children of old money who will inherit and protect their oases of wealth in a crumbling America.

The purveyors of exceptionalist ideology will have the uninformed believe that as an exceptional society, we are justified in our actions and therefore immune to a condemning world opinion. We are not. They are the same strategists who will give you everything that’s free while taking the last dollar in your pocket. They will garner the vote of the poverty stricken gun owner, the support of the living-day-to-day Bible Belt intellectual delinquent, and the praise of the homeless homophobe. What is the most dangerous is indoctrinating our children with the belief that wealth inequality is “just the way it is.”

History shows us that revolutions begin when the chasm between the rich and the poor becomes too great and injustice becomes obvious to even the most apathetic, uninvolved and disconnected voter.

This is such a time in the United States of America.