the cost of silence..

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the cost of silence..

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Wed May 18, 2022 9:28 pm

from the DAILY KOS:

Yesterday‘s elections show both a strong progressive drift across the Democratic Party, and an aggressive move toward fascism being driven by the base of the GOP and some of its billionaire donors.

But more urgently, the Republican Party has a terrorism problem, and the failure this week of the party’s leadership and members to call it out after the terrorist attack in Buffalo suggests they’re just fine with it.

The only high-profile Republican to have said a serious negative word against “white replacement terrorists” within the party was Liz Cheney, who tweeted:

“The House GOP leadership has enabled white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-semitism. History has taught us that what begins with words ends in far worse. @GOP leaders must renounce and reject these views and those who hold them.”

Of all the politically motivated murders that happened in the US last year, 91% were committed by people affiliated with rightwing extremism; only 3% could be traced to Islamic extremism and 6% to “left wing” extremism including anarchists and Black nationalists.

Over the past decade, as the ADL notes, “Of the 443 people killed at the hands of extremists over that 10-year period, 333 (or 75%) were killed by right-wing extremists.”

A recent Morning Consult poll found that 23% of Republican men have a “favorable” or “very favorable” view of white nationalists: these are people who assert that America should be a nation where political power is held of, by, and exclusively for white people, and they have an outsized voice in the GOP.

K: an interesting take on the continuing "Right wing terrorism"

and one way we allow these terrorists to win is simply by being
silent.. it wasn't that that Germany had a right wing terrorist
problem with the Nazi's, they did, but that the average German stayed
silent in the midst of the "final solution"....

Silence in the midst of terrorism is approval of said terrorism..
and the GOP/MAGA party wants you to approve, stay silent
while they continue their reign of terror....

if you remain silent, you tactically approve of right-wing terrorism..

Now if only I could get the other "members of the collection of truth"
to put me on ignore, life would be good..

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Re: the cost of silence..

Postby Mr Reasonable » Thu May 19, 2022 9:34 am

cawthorn lost so that's nice
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Re: the cost of silence..

Postby Peter Kropotkin » Thu May 19, 2022 5:53 pm

Mr Reasonable wrote:cawthorn lost so that's nice

K: yes, that is nice, but cawthorn isn't really the point,
it is the ism's, the ideologies of cawthorn that is the problem...
the hatred and vileness that the ideology of cawthorn has,
that is the problem.. the GOP/MAGA believe in hate, violence,
anger and greed... there is no love or peace or hope in their
language... UR is a perfect example, has he ever spoke about
the positive values? Nope, it is always hate and violence
and anger from him...they, him and others of his ilk, reach
down and follow the animal instincts within us, they never
try to reach for the higher values of existence..

the "better angels of our nature." as Lincoln said...

to follow hate and anger and fear, doesn't really give one
a reason to live..... a reason to exist/live is through the values of
love, peace, hope, justice....

hope can carry one through terrible ordeals, hate and fear
cannot... Victor Frakl wrote about this, as he was an
Holocaust survivor..

to stay silent because of fear, demeans us, to speak regardless of
the cost, that is what makes us human, that is reaching for the higher values
and what we need to do right now... to speak out.. regardless of the
personal cost... and then and only then can we hold our heads high,
because only then have we stood for the higher values of existence,
love, peace, hope, justice, values that give our lives meaning...

Now if only I could get the other "members of the collection of truth"
to put me on ignore, life would be good..

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