Using Race When You Mean Skin Color or Culture

(repeating a facebook post)

Using Race When You Mean Skin Color or Culture

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Dear … People:

When you say someone’s of a different race, you’re unknowingly (most of you) perpetuating a racist meme.

Those of us who aren’t prejudiced, bigoted, asshole racists have gotten into the habit of calling different cultures “races”.

What we all have to understand is that we’re all part of the human *race* and to refer to someone who’s Black, Asian, Indian, Mexican, Arab, Iraqi, etc. as a different race is actually a racist slur intended to dehumanize non-Caucasians.

I know you’re not doing it on purpose.  I think, however, that it’s high time we all acknowledge what we’ve been doing and to put a stop to it.  As for me, I’m not a member of the White race.  I’m a member of a race abbreviated as human being (homo sapien) with a mostly Caucasian background.

We should all be more vigilant, especially given the current climate of “last gasp” racist dicks who are so lost and afraid of a uniting of cultures that they’ve come out of the woodwork–mostly as a result of two electoral events:

  1.  The election of Barack Obama.  Twice.
  2.  The election of Donald Trump.  It will be only once.

We’re 8 months into a hate-filled, hate-condoned presidency.  Please.  Let’s put down the phones and bills and remotes and pay attention to what’s happening and what we can do about it.

American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Actual Culture Appropriation

This is in response to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issuing a save to wolves and other wildlife that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service tried to kill off.  Minnesota was one of the relevant areas.  The timber wolves are now safe … for the time being.  And consider that there’s a sports team called the Minnesota Timberwolves.  It’s a crime against nature to kill off a species, then name a sports team after it.  Ask the Native Americans.

So.

You know all that bullshit flooding the country about “race/culture appropriation”?

I call it bullshit because it’s sickeningly, offensively, ironic.

Consider the fact that Native Americans have been dealing with *actual* culture/race appropriation for centuries.

During and after the US Government’s genocide of an entire ethnic culture, we have also added a myriad of things with Native American names:

Rivers, counties, cities, towns, villages, states, buildings, farms, companies, sports teams, schools, etc., etc., etc.

And if you’re from an ethnic culture that isn’t Native American and you bitch about your culture getting appropriated, consider the evidence around you of real-world theft.

Now consider your own objections and tell yourself, “It could be worse,” then breathe a huge goddamn sigh of relief that it isn’t.

Does this mean that I think your objections aren’t valid.  No.  But ask a Native American how they’ve fared with fighting against the same thing.  And then consider that their persecution continues (see Dakota Access Pipeline) and yours could be on par but isn’t–and this in no way excuses or minimizes the criminalization of ethnicities over the last 40 years. (see mass incarceration)

My POINT is that the Native Americans continue to be marginalized and appropriated.  Every time someone suggests reparations, they are met with harassment.  Every time someone suggests getting respect via the dislodging of mascot names, they are met with harassment.  And you, a non-Native American, are bitching about someone using a cultural symbol because they like the look?

Perspective, people.  It could always get a lot worse.  Doesn’t mean you should shut up about it but please consider the literal ground you walk on.

A Revolution Do-Over Is Required

Once upon a time, there was a land called New World.  The men and women who lived there for hundreds of years didn’t call it that.  They called it The Land, The Earth surface, Home, the Spirit Lands, and other names.  Each tribe or nation had their own view, their own lands, their own government, their own people.  When one tribe sought to take more than their share, which wasn’t very often, then they went to war to regain the balance.  Balance always returned.

Vikings from Norway traveled to Iceland, Greenland, and what are now provinces of Canada, moved down the coast and settled for a while, but Odin and Thor weren’t happy and they had so much trouble with the strange land that they returned home.  This was long before 1492 C.E., when Spain’s pirates (with royal letters of mark making them “privateers”) set sail to find other lands to conquer because they weren’t getting very far with England and France–and those two countries couldn’t stop warring with each other(and England with Scotland, Ireland, and Wales).  So while they were busy, the pirates set sail.  After a while, England, Portugal, and Italy joined them.

 

The mindset of these people was greed.  Sure, some of them may have been honest folk, but the religion of these people told them that the world was theirs to conquer and anyone who wasn’t like them was sub-human, not worthy of their own lives, their own governments.  They invaded Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

They murdered millions—people who already lived in the lands they invaded.  Most murders were through direct action.  Many died through indirect means, such as disease and starvation.  Many people were forced into slavery–and slavery was an industry.  An institution.  To do away with it meant a loss of income and they would not stand for that.

By the early 1700s, many “colonists” in North America had murdered, enslaved, and stole lands from, the indigenous peoples.  Many states south of Virginia refused to give up slavery, but since fighting men were needed, they were allowed to keep their slavery in return for joining the men who were determined to create a new nation.

There is an old adage that holds to be true:  Wars of independence are always followed by civil wars.  The reason is because the independence seekers are forced to accept compromises in order to win and those compromises are seeds that foment internal rebellion and self-destruction.  Those compromises weren’t really compromises.  They ultimatums and guns to the head.  In the case of the so-called United States of America, those compromises were about one thing:  slavery.  Or to put it more esoterically, Greed.

 

As the U.S. grew, greed killed off many more Indigenous Peoples and corralled the rest in ever-shrinking “sovereign” lands.  AKA, reservations.  When the U.S. government’s greed wanted more land, they violated their own word and stole it from the Native Americans.  The “Indians” didn’t–and still don’t–have militias or armies or weapons, so their rights were run over, their people slaughtered.  Meanwhile, the Indians’ sovereignty was thrown in their faces whenever they asked the U.S. government for money.

The U.S. government will steal your sovereign land and deny you the means to live well on that land.  It’s a catch-22, and purposely written that way in order to eventually kill you off and get the land “back”–land that was never theirs to begin with.  All Native American land is surrounded by U.S. land.  There is nowhere to go, no one to seek help from.  Our Native American brothers and sisters are living on borrowed time.

Now, why have we white people put up with this?

Because we’re concerned with our own measly lives.  We are concerned with making a living, having an income, feeding ourselves, housing ourselves, and clothing ourselves.  Many of us are side-tracked with wanting more.  Greed.  But we never get it and there’s a reason:

Our government is run by an oligarchy, not a democracy, and it’s been that way from day one.  The Founding Fathers were rich men, and although some of them died “poor”(Washington), they were still members of the gentry and given special status over so-called “simple” farmers and laborers.  What is now referred to as “workers”, and that name has a slavery connotation to it.

We are peons.  We are ruled by the rich.  They don’t give quarter.  They make us work for it while they reap the rewards that we should all share in and don’t.

When we try to bring balance, we are trod upon, lied to, and always forced to work against our own interests through means of parlor tricks, skullduggery, bald-faced lies, misdirection, and our own bigotries.

So America has limped along since the Civil War, grown little by little after WWI and WWII, and We the People allowed ourselves to conquered and indentured by our so-called leaders.  We gave them power and they ran with it, building it up and up and up until we looked around and found there was an immense inequality.

And we wonder where it came from.

It came from us.  We gave power to representatives–people who were elected to represent our interests.  But we let them squander it away.  We let them build their own fortunes while they robbed us of our own.  They made promises and broke them.

Why are all politicians scorned?  Because we know them to be liars.  But we *made them* politicians.  Why are we suddenly scornful?  Because we’re lazy good-for-nothing slackers, that’s why.  We refuse to do the hard work of keeping them on their toes.  We think, “Okay, you’re elected, now do a good job.”

Except most of them won’t.  They are in it for the money, not your welfare.  In order to keep getting rich, they sell you lies.  They take advantage of your beliefs, your bigotries, your prejudices, and in return, they’ll fuck you over so fast it’ll make your head spin.

Every election cycle, we choose people to represent us and believe them when they tell us what we need.  We give up our rights to make our own choices by letting them make them for us.  And to get there, they feed us lies.  When they’ve won, in return for our loyalty, they sell us to the highest bidder.

Why have we allowed that?  Why have we buried our heads in the sand?

We’ve become so preoccupied with our own bigoted views that we have ignored the sickness that surrounds us.  We have no power until we stand up and put a stop to it.  We’re treated like peasants.  We’re told who to hate, who to love, who give our blood to, and when to die.  We’re told behave and be controlled.  By police.  By the military.  By corruption.

We let this happen.

The entire system is corrupt.  It isn’t just about who sits in the Oval Office.  It’s about who sit in our state capitals and our local town councils and who provides law and order and for what purpose.  It doesn’t matter if we go to church or synagogue or mosque.  It no longer matters if we believe we’re the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Because it’s a lie.

We have no control, no say in what happens to us.  No say in what our leaders do to others outside our country.  Our military and our genius has been turned over to people who have evil intentions.  All for greed.  All for power.  America is no longer the land of opportunity or of freedom.  It now stands for blood and horror.

Go anywhere outside the United States and you will find a country that has been screwed over by our politicians.  You will find a country that has been threatened.  You will find a country that has been bombed.  You will find citizens who have been raped and murdered.  And guess what?  You will find the Same Thing Here.  What do you think has been going on in rural towns?  What do you think has been happening to Native Americans?  What do you think will happen to you?

Do you even care?  Do you even have a soul?

We have to snap out of our force-fed bigotry.  The only way out of this corruption we’ve allowed to happen is to start another revolution and that will only happen if we get involved.  That will only happen if we sacrifice our peace, our comfort, and our apathy.  We can’t be complacent any more.

Trying to Correct the Uncorrectible

There’s this pastor (Protestant: evangelical Christian) who has decided that gays aren’t evil.

Upworthy’s A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community.

While Ryan hadn’t been hostile toward the LGBTQ community before, now he admits his lack of attention to the subject helped create a culture of fear surrounding homosexuality and the church.

Since Ryan announced that EastLake would be an open and affirming church, hundreds of people have left the church. But Ryan stands by his decision.

“I don’t care if the Bible says, ‘Gay people suck,’” he says. “I have lots of things I disagree with about the Bible.”

Note: hundreds of people have left over relaxing view of LGBTQ people. Aren’t they supposed to “love everyone” because “Jesus” told them to?  Of course not. Because “he” never “said” that.

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Anyways, while his opinion of gays has changed, Pastor Meeks still believes gay people will go to hell.  He’s just decided to be nicer about it so they’ll follow his god’s laws.  Those laws that say:  here’s how to hate and fear everyone who isn’t you, here’s what you eat, here’s when to eat it, here’s what to wear and how to make it, here’s what to grow and and how to grow it, here’s how to slaughter animals to a specific god and for a variety of reasons, and here are all the animals and people you have to hate.

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The shitheels writing the Books of Moses while pretending to be Moses were seriously fucked up dudes.  Why am I saying “dudes”?  Because there are four different sources to those books of Moses (documents called “J”, “E”, “P”, and “D”) and those people writing them did so several hundred years after those so-called events happened and they wrote different versions of the same events.

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Regardless, we still the problem in believing in a book that has cost MILLIONS of lives, and that’s a low number, especially if you take seriously all the tribes that “Israel” slaughtered for no other reason than a) they had nothing better to do/felt threatened for no good reason, or b) this so-called god told them to do it. That so-called god of the Old Testament murdered millions by flooding the entire planet because he suddenly got a bug up his ass for those millions not worshipping him. Well, if he was really a GOD, then he simply could have changed everyone’s minds instead of pointlessly slaughtering them. Which goes to show you how spectacularly fictional the Old Testament is.
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Humans have this need to make sense and meaning out of their lives and basic Pagan religion is the result.  On the other hand, “Religions” based on the Pentateuch/Torah/Qu’ran/New Testament are based on books whose authors were nothing more than authoritarian nutjobs equal to Jim Jones.
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Buddha is the exception, but combine Buddhism with authoritarian regimes (pre-1960s China, Far East countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, etc., ancient Japan) and voila, murder. Hinduism is an offshoot of Buddhism (determined by archaeological study of migration patterns) which turned into a polytheistic religion, but Mahatma Gandhi was forced to fight for the right to live independent lives and the reason that happened was due to British colonialism, and other countries pulled the same shit due to an authoritarian belief which centered on following the “corrected” Bible, which “told” them to convert every single non-believer.

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(I should also add that “Pagan”, Hindu, and Buddhist “religions” don’t feel the need to “convert” non-Pagans/Hindus/Buddhists.)

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Currently, we in the U.S. have factions who are ready, willing, and able to slaughter tens of thousands of lives (particularly black and gay) and they “blame” (my word) their need to do this because the Bible tells them to do it. Well, pardon me, but …


a) Christians have nothing whatsoever to do with the Old Testament so whomever they’re following to justify killing gays, it isn’t Jesus.
b) Christians are confused because they don’t know who to worship: Jesus or Yahweh/Elohim/Jehovah. In order to call yourself a Christian, you HAVE TO pick Jesus.
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Every single book in the Bible/Torah/Qu’ran is vehemently anti-woman. To single out half the human race for slavery and oppression is a heinous act and deserves no respect. Period.

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So while this pastor aims to be a bit more egalitarian toward his fellow humans, he still follows a book that subscribes to murder, rape, and slavery.  I’d admire him more if he chose to be an atheist in order to treat everyone as he would like to be treated.

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Lastly, does my being Wiccan say I’m a hypocrite?  No.  What I believe is for me alone.  I despise those who oppress and enslave and murder and I try not to do the same to others.  Does that mean that my “goddess” is no more real than the authoritarian male gods?  Yes.  She is simply my interpretation of nature, which rules all.  And you cannot deny that nature rules us all without looking like a complete moron.

Our Corruption Has Deep Roots

Re: The U.S. Government.

It’s going to take several decades, if not centuries, to get corruption out.  The corruption I speak of isn’t just among certain members of congress or the presidency.  It has to do with our government turning a blind eye to criminality and atrocity due to GREED.

It belongs to policies.  It belongs to trade.  It belongs to “decorum”, and it belongs to our own Constitution.

Examples:

  1.  The Constitution.  In 1775, Jefferson was forced to rewrite it time and again because the “southern” states made lots of money from the “industry” of slavery and they refused to give it up.  Our government started out corrupt.
  2. Our National Anthem.  Francis Scott Key was a slaveholder who viewed blacks as subhuman and property.  He wrote it into the third verse of the song.  Despite knowing that, our racist forebears allowed it to become our national anthem and since then, have refused to remove it on the grounds that it’s anti-patriotic.  LIE.  Our patriotism was grounded on rebellion and revolution and written into the constitution (our rights to assemble and protest).  Patriotism is not defined as one who thinks and acts the way the corrupt government tells them to think and act.
  3. Oil and Gas Trade.  WE the People, via our corrupt government, do business with governments who commit atrocities, all because we want their oil and gas.  We prop up/support regimes who routinely murder their own citizens because we’re using them for some heinous means.  Saudi Arabia is one of them.  We did business with the USSR’s Stalin during WWII because we needed his support against Hitler.  Um, NO, we didn’t.  What WE (and the UK) didn’t want was to fight a war on three sides:  Germany, Japan, and Russia.  And because Russia sits on huge oil reserves.
  4. So-called War On Drugs.  Nixon created this problem because he hated “liberals”. i.e., Democratic voters.  Blacks and the poor routinely vote on the Democratic ticket — and generally against war — and in order to reduce their numbers, they had to be targeted.  The best way to do that was to create a drug problem, then to create extreme laws to “fix” the problem.  This also had a secondary industry growth: the private prison industrial complex.  When these people get out of prison, many states refuse to let them vote.  The corrupt members of congress and their industry donors can’t allow blacks to vote.  So if they aren’t going to prison for smoking a joint, then they have to be attacked in other ways.  One of them is to create a false narrative about voter fraud (which doesn’t exist), so voter ID laws were created that force out people who can’t get to a DMV.  DMVs are shut down, bus systems are cut back, and benefits to those on welfare are cut.  The whole point in doing all of that is to keep the political corruption going.
  5. Marijuana Demonization.  In the mid 1800s, the timber industry was booming.  The rich bastards at the top, which included congressmen and senators, who controlled the industry discovered that there were elements among the liberals who were trying to get hemp distributed as an alternate, and safer, source for paper-making.  Our own Constitution and other documents were drafted on it.  BUT.  Hemp would cut into the timber industry’s profits and our crooked Congress members couldn’t have that.  So hemp, and its strains like Cannabis Sativa/Indica, had to be demonized.  A ridiculous film called “Reefer Madness” was distributed in the 1920s as the central part of a campaign to place marijuana and hemp as dangerous substances–all the while, Cocaine and Heroin were widely distributed in medicines and soft drink products like Coca Cola (where do you think the name came from?).  When the FDA was created and drugs were being considered for prohibition, Cannabis was at the top of the list.  NOT for its dangerousness but because it was a rival to the timber industry.  When the pharmaceutical industry got going, cannabis was once again a threat, so the DEA was instructed to keep it on the prohibited list as a Schedule 1 drug, equal to heroin, cocaine, bath salts, LSD, and methamphetamine.  “Big Pharma” currently has developed a synthetic version of marijuana.  It’s addictive and has dangerous side effects.  Unlike the natural plant.  But Big Pharma needs to make money so the plant will stay on the DEA list.  Many states are now realizing the lies surrounding marijuana and are legalizing it, but its federal criminal status keeps the plant out of government tax status, which is illogical.  The government could profit, but Big Pharma is in charge and they pay off politicians (via “legalized bribery” in campaign contributions) to keep it that way.  (to learn more about marijuana, go to herb.co)
  6. Kratom Demonization.  Kratom, aka Mitragyna speciosa, is a member of the coffee plant family whose *miraculous* qualities help people fight their opioid addictions.  BUT.  The pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) will lose money if they can’t peddle their addictive substances like oxycontin, oxycodone, etc., so they bribe our politicians who make DEA policy.  Kratom is currently being considered for the Schedule 1 list.  It’s no more dangerous than the Valerian plant, a natural sedative, which has been synthesized to make Valium.  Fentanyl is a synthetic form of heroin, taken from the poppy.  It is highly addictive and can easily kill.  If anything should be illegal, it should be synthetic versions of plants intended for narcotic addiction.

 

The list can go on and on, but you get the point.  Our system is corrupt.  To get the corruption out will take a long, long time because they will fight against it.  Money makes people do evil things.  But we need to change, to root it out, to put us on a path where we can be proud to be Americans.

The Rape of Our Country

You need to pay attention.  Now.

What’s happening in the WH and the government is SCARY.  We have three major things that are at serious risk of breaking the back of our country.

1) Internet Security.  We need that baby and trying to control it the way they (the rich) do their lives (ick, lower class, get away, you don’t deserve shit but to shine my shoes and make my cars) will ruin us.

2) TAX CUTS.  Do you understand that taxes pay for everything? What they want to do is give less and make the rest of us give more. Our country cannot handle the tax plan they are intent on implementing. These people don’t want to help us. They want to help themselves. They are going to bankrupt our country and if you can’t or won’t see that, may the gods help you.

3) FARM WORK. Our country depends on seasonal workers to get our produce to market.  Without it, we are fucked.  WHITE people, so-called Americans, don’t want to do the work. Who does? Latino-Americans and undocumented Latinos. Ask every farmer who depends on “migrants” to get their crops picked and processed their opinion on our Latino seasonal workers. You’ll hear nothing but praise. Ask them about American workers, non-latino workers, and you’ll hear disgust and disdain.  When Latinos are employed, 90% of the crops go to market.  When whites and others are employed (only), 30% goes to market.  Why? Because the lazy good-for-nothing white workers don’t want to do seasonal work. Don’t want to do the *hard* work.  But we need our produce to get to market. We can’t survive without it.

This anti-immigrant, anti-undocumented worker bullshit is nothing but propaganda designed to do only one thing: DISTRACT. It’s the shiny object they’re waving while they steal the goddamn treasury out from under us.

PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION.

So why haven’t you heard about this ad nauseum on cable news? Because cable news is corporate owned and they’re about to get a big pay day thanks to a massive tax cut… which is partly amusing since the fuckers don’t pay their fair share in the first place. But now they don’t want to pay at all.  We are going to be stuck with the bill, just like always.  AND WE CAN’T PAY IT.