The Republican Wealth-Worshiping Death Cult Continues to Let Americans Die

Thom plus logo Florida governor Ron DeSantis says that he won't put into place a mask mandate because people in blue states that have used mask mandates are still getting infected. His logic is extraordinary; let's extend it.

All across the northern American states today, people are wearing coats, gloves, scarves and hats as they go outdoors. Yet only around 1330 Americans die of hypothermia every year, and almost all of those people were wearing coats, gloves, scarves and/or hats!

And the majority of people who die of hypothermia we're not only wearing warm clothing, they also had pre-existing conditions! That must be the real cause that they died, right? Those 1300 death certificates must be wrong!

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem has turned her state into the hottest of Covid hotspots in the world right now. Mask mandates are not the solution, she asserts; one wonders if she wears a coat when she goes outside. By Republican logic, coats don't work!

In trying to imitate Trump to suck up to his radical, neo-Nazi base Republican governors across the country are actively committing manslaughter. They think it will help their political chances in the future, and for them that's more important than the lives of the people in their states.

While the US is averaging 47 Covid deaths per 100,000 people, the death rate in Taiwan is 0.03 people per 100,000. Vietnam is 0.04 deaths, Thailand 0.09, China 0.34, and New Zealand and Singapore tie at 0.51. South Korea is way up there at 1.02, and Norway is at an embarrassing 6.17.

Those were all countries that took Covid seriously, that imposed mask and social distancing mandates, and whose governments protected their people from the worst pandemic in a century. Here, though, Republicans gave us a Fox News quack doctor promoting herd immunity.

As Americans face the most massive health and economic crisis in a century, Mitch McConnell and Republicans in the Senate refuse to pass any of the several health & stimulus packages that have already passed the House. Purely because they think it will help them politically.

Instead of worrying about the 13 million Americans with Covid, the 20 million Americans on unemployment that's running out, or the one in five American families who right now don't have enough food for their children, Republicans are pushing "liability limitations" so workers can't sue their employers.

For the last 40 years, every time Republicans take control of government they give massive tax breaks to the richest Americans, let corporations increase their pollution and rip off their customers, and fill critical government posts with political hacks.

And now they're allowing mass death, whether you call it murder or manslaughter or simply massive political malpractice. All so they can serve their first priority: wealthy Americans safely cocooned in their mansions with live-in staff and private jets. People like Kelly Löffler.

Reagan told us government was the problem, not the solution. Republican slogans like "smaller government," "fiscal responsibility" and "deregulation" all translate into ineffective government when it's needed the most: during a crisis like this. It's insanity.

Over 10 million Americans are sick, more than twice that many are in danger of losing their homes and livelihoods, and a third of the country is uninsured or underinsured. But the GOP is making sure their special interest donors and fatcat overlords are taken care of first.

Throwing Trump out of office was a beginning, but the Republican party still adheres to their cancerous stew of Neoliberalism, Calvinism and Reaganism. In 40 years it has gutted the middle class, and has now overseen a quarter million American deaths.

It's time to close the door on the 40 years this country has been living in Ronald Reagan's fantasy world. Experience all around the world proves that governments CAN do good, they CAN protect their people from both health and financial crises, and they CAN make "happy" societies.

Covid has made it excruciatingly obvious that the Republican Party has devolved into a sort of wealth-worshiping death cult devoted only to rich people and big corporations who, in turn, fund their campaigns. Democrats and the media need to shout that from the rooftops.

-Thom

Comments

DrRichard 13 weeks 3 days ago
#1

Trying to reason with dedicated Republicans is useless, something Obama should have realized. As Mark Twain put it, "“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” While I wouldn't necessarily call McConnell and most of the other people at that level stupid (though Trump is) their policies certainly are stupidly destructive. So that amounts to the same thing.

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RepubliCult 13 weeks 3 days ago
#2

Meanwhile, our military has had a comparatively successful and long standing Covid19 policy vs. our epic failure for civilians. So far 79K positive cases, 12 deaths, as described at these links. This includes masks by all on bases, even though Trump did not support supplying masks to the military.

The army issued this mask mandate back in April: https://www.army.mil/article/234288/?from=cv

details of orders: https://home.army.mil/ansbach/application/files/3615/8650/6906/COVID19_Face_Covering_Policy_-_FAQ.pdf

Deaths, cases, and NO ONE who has had covid and recovered can join the armed forces:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/05/19/here-are-rules-wearing-face-masks-military-bases.html ...

Bob Zimmerman 13 weeks 2 days ago
#3

Answers can be found here. Psychologists define stupidity as a willful conscious decision to ignore facts. It is motivated by narcissism, greed, pack mentality, low self-esteem and fragile psyche (fragile ego).

“Understanding Stupidity” by James F. Welles, PhD is a fascinating, informative and disgusting book. He intended to write a light, humorous book. As the project developed, he realized there were no comprehensive stupidity studies. Most psychologists avoided it as offensive rather than as a serious issue. It is transcending through the ages as civilizations developed and failed in an endless predictable cycle. He mentioned if enough people took it seriously, perhaps we could develop a behavior program for our long term survival.

It has taken 200 million years for the human brain to develop the technology and knowledge we have today. It has taken it less than 2 million hours to assure we suffer the 6th mass extinction event that is well underway.

Legend 13 weeks 2 days ago
#4

The Department of Justice is investigating a money for pardons scheme involving the White House. With Bill Barr as head of the Department of Justice, that is like the coyote guarding the chickens. 48 days left with Trump. How many more pardons?He knows that his followers do not care. Of course Fox News helps Trump to deny it.

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Riverplunge 13 weeks 2 days ago
#5

Don't expect any empathy from Republicans, 'they got theirs' and you are on your own.

My friend likes Trump becasuse he's afraid Biden will raise property taxes. He doesn't realize that when the bottom earners are gone. They will move up to the next rung of 'people doing well'. Then after that, people with a few million. And so on..

Money flows from the bottom up. I have no idea how the country will survive with no money. I also think that Mexico is going to wise up, become independent, and stop immigrating here for cash.

Legend 13 weeks 2 days ago
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Property taxes are local, not national. Biden has no control. Property taxes are a long established wealth tax.

Trump is an expert at the con. Republicans enable it and fall for it.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/trump-takes-donors-graduate-school-1...

Michael Flynn, a man the president pardoned just last week for "any and all possible offenses" related to the Mueller probe, has endorsed a call for the president to "temporarily suspend the Constitution," "declare limited martial law," have "the military oversee a national re-vote," and "silence the destructive media."

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/seems-bad-guy-president-just-165000189.html

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deepspace 13 weeks 2 days ago
#7

The criminal Steve Bannon called for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci and F.B.I. director Christopher A. Wray and for their lifeless, rotting skulls to be impaled on pikes at the front corners of the White House as a warning to government workers who aren't sufficiently loyal to Trump's Republican right-wing agenda of destroying democracy.

The Fox News buffoon Joe diGenova called for the execution of former Homeland Security official Chris Krebs to be "drawn and quartered" and "Taken out at dawn and shot.” (note to Joe: Normally, you would execute prisoners first then quarter them. Although, quartering them alive would be more fun, eh?)

The disgraced traitor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the discredited Trump attorney L. Lin Wood called for martial law and a literal military coup to overthrow America's free and fair (according to all the evidence) elections.

At least diGenova backtracked a little, declaring that he was merely being rhetorical (so as to avoid a felony charge).

Riiight! Okaaay -- rhetorically speaking -- when King Trump is finally dethroned, he should be dragged naked across the pavement and sidewalks to the Washingon DC National Mall and put on public display in a wooden stock for his many crimes, not the least of which are the nearly 300,000 criminally negligent homicides of innocent citizens. After three days of being pilloried with rotten fruit and vegetables and McDonald Big Macs, he should then be hung, castrated, disemboweled while still alive. Finally, four horses tied to each limb should rip his body apart, and each "quarter" sent to the four corners of the kingdom as a warning to all other Trumpian Republicans.

So, let's get medieval on these mthrfckrs -- you know, rhetorically speaking...

Or, are Democrats better than that?

Legend 13 weeks 2 days ago
#8

Jeez, hope that I never piss you off!

The Georgia Republican voting officals are getting a little upset at the threats on their lives that they are receiving.

Donald Trump has an agreement with Plm Beach that nobody, including himself can live at Mar a Lago. Plan B.

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deepspace 13 weeks 2 days ago
#9

Well, Republicans do want to take civilization backward ...to make it great again.

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vetinla 13 weeks 1 day ago
#10

Now, for a bit of reality; DJT, and his family, skate.

In the interest of unity, don't ya' know?

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vetinla 13 weeks 1 day ago
#11

Now, for a bit of reality; DJT, and his family, skate.

In the interest of unity, don't ya' know?

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