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Topic: An asterisk in US history.
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2021 7:53:33 AM
My focus is the federal Representatives and Senators who planned, participated, or assisted in the attack. That said, there are also those outside the legislative branch, like the wife of Supreme Court Justice Thomas, who provided resources to the attackers.

If they, as well as the civilian terrorists who participated, are held accountable then the momentum will continue on to the Executive branch.

As long as there is forward momentum, then it is not as likely that the process will grind to a halt.
Topic: An asterisk in US history.
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:55:40 PM
As the US and the world move on, we need to figure out how to come to terms with the damage that has been done, and then how to move forward.

There is a very American temptation to take what has happened and conveniently forget about it, sweep it under the rug of our collective consciousness so we can focus on other things. If that does happen here, it will be that bright red flashing neon sign saying "danger" to the rest of the world. I don't see the leadership of any country ever trusting or thinking strategically about interactions with the US if they see our leadership avoid holding to account those who did so much damage.

I can already see that distraction taking its toll, only weeks after the terrorist attack. People desperate (for various reasons) to find something else to focus on. Some are desperate to treat the past four years as a bad dream that they have just woken from, and we are back to normal now. Others are desperate to hide what happened so they can go back to plotting the next attack. And still others are desperate to be able to revel in the fact that there is now a madam Vice President and see nothing but blue skies ahead.

It will take the collective will power of the entire world to keep the US from moving on without moving forward.
Topic: How do you see this?
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:39:27 PM
We need to work to make sure that this becomes an asterisk in US history. Accountability, then unity and progress.
Topic: Toxic and Blatant Totalitarianism
Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 12:37:34 PM
If the politics section stays, it should be moderated more closely. If the moderators don't step up, it can be moderated (in a fashion) by the participants. However, that can only happen if those participants work together and are coordinated in their work.
Topic: Interview With Gen. Michael Flynn
Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2021 7:46:47 AM
Epi, they simply don't have anything else but this idiocy. If even their fantasy is taken away then they will have to become responsible, mature adults and the terrorist attack on the Capitol has shown that there is nary a one to be had in their group.
Topic: Toxic and Blatant Totalitarianism
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 10:27:27 AM
Romany wrote:

Hope -

I just think we should approach TFD to actually enforce the rules of the Forum, and appoint one of the Admin staff as an Administrator. Hardly an unreasonable ask.

If the past 4 years have shown us anything its how quickly things break down when even one person gets to act with impunity.

Rationality, kindness, manners, and humour have all but disappeared: and posting something that someone might disagree with becomes an invitation to personal abuse, hysterical hyperbole and character assassination.

But yeah, even if it gets me banned, I'm damned if I'll let the cultist rhetoric which is being banned and taken down from Social Media flourish and be disseminated here without labelling it for what it is. Bullshit. Moronic bullshit. Seditious bullshit. Treasonous bullshit. Which America and the rest of the world have finally repudiated.

It's time for TFD admin to come out of the shadows.

I don't know where they moderators are in the world or Farlex is based from, but if it is in the US then they very likely believe that any speech (especially hate, bigotry, guns, etc) is very specifically protected. The right-wing extremists in the US have created an environment where hate speech is glorified as hyper-patriotic.
Topic: Sign Fun #2
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 10:23:46 AM
Lotje1000 wrote:
I find it beautifully ironic how FounDit freely posts/complains about free speech attacks.

Unfortunately, that irony is lost on them.
Topic: Loser Sturm.
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021 9:00:06 AM
Professor, author of "Our Own Worst Enemy." Curmudgeon. Cat guy. Democracy enthusiast. Board of Contributors, @USAToday, Contributing Writer, @TheAtlantic

A very good set of observations regarding the terrorist attack on the Capitol and the people involved.

Watching footage of the Loser Sturm overrunning the Capitol during the Beer Belly Putsch, I am struck again by how much of what plagues us is an addiction to the narcissistic idea that everyone is the most important person ever, that everyone should be the boss of everything.

The raging narcissism, particularly of the cosplaying men who now deny that they wanted no part of any of the seditious stuff, is striking. Men who have a huge reserve of self regard that does not extend to shaving or wearing a clean shirt or other basic signs of adulthood.

These are people - again, especially the men - trapped in the eternal drama of adolescence. They are creatures of a leisure society, bored by the ordinariness of life, angry that the world is not more interesting and that others refuse to pay them their heroic due.

As Eric Hoffer noted - h/t @WindsorMann - this is the fetid breeding ground of extremism: "Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves…Take away our holy duties and you leave our lives puny and meaningless."

Even in 1951, Hoffer knew the danger of society of bored children: “There is perhaps no more reliable indicator of a society's ripeness for a mass movement than the prevalence of unrelieved boredom." This, not rights or freedom, was what the past years of Trumpism are about.

There is no seriousness here, no sense of injustice, no actual injury to rights. Merely the aggrieved boredom of men (and some women) who never learned that life is not ceaselessly interesting and dramatic. That life, even the best life, is boring and repetitive on most days.

This is why the legal and *social* response should swift and clear. To remind people that life is not a TV show. It is not Twitter dunks and Facebook memes. To show that hurting other people out of boredom and childish narcissism has real consequences.

People who want to be heroes seem to have no patience with a normal workplace or the self-disciple involved in showing up and doing your best no matter what the job is. After all, Thor and Captain America didn't have to listen to their supervisor.

But life is heroic exactly when it is not dramatic. Taking care of your loved ones, looking after a sick friend, letting someone go ahead of you at a stop sign, hold the door for someone at a store. Adults know this. Stunted, selfish, undisciplined, stupid adolescents do not.

I am exhausted by turning on the news and realizing that the blessings of life in a liberal democracy have also produced a stubborn knot of bored children who think guns and flags and dumb slogans will give their lives meaning.

All I can do is suggest to other people in this society to treat these brutal, overgrown adolescents with as much distance as possible. To show them, by example, what stoicism and seriousness look like. To be the adults.
I know it's hard. I'm not consistent about it myself.

But amidst all the calls for unity, it's important to remember that unity and understanding can only happen between adults who agree to live peaceably. The people who defended sedition - and especially those who instigated it - are not those people. Those are armed toddlers.

I don't know what will change us. I sometimes think that a bit of social pressure on a man to wash his face in the morning and to dress differently from his pre-teen son might help. Other days, I think that nothing will work and pure, vulgar decadence will just end us.

And don't get me wrong: I don't underestimate the danger these people pose. They have threatened me directly and many other people I know. But there's not much you can do about that. But I don't have to pretend that "dangerous" means "serious and worthy of respect."

So maybe, now and then, we should all ask ourselves if we're taking things seriously enough - and if they are the *right* things to be taken seriously. And whether we are setting that example for others around us. Again, not sure I do that enough myself.

None of this means not to be light-hearted. I am, so often, utterly immature and unserious. (Except I'm right about Led Zeppelin.) But when it comes to living as an American, I hope I am as serious as can be. It's something we can all do. And we can insist on it from others.
Topic: Toxic and Blatant Totalitarianism
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 1:22:50 PM
Tantrums thrown by spoiled children are ugly. Tantrums thrown by spoiled adults are pathetic.
Topic: Sound Familiar?
Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 9:05:26 AM
Hope, all they have left is whining like spoiled children who must sit in a corner. Pathetic.