It's Easier to Grow a Pair Yourself Than to Try to Castrate Everyone Else

I've been inspired to write again by this video. To save you the trouble, it's a rant by a vape store clerk against a patron who happens to be wearing Trump paraphernalia.

Maybe this millenial was just having a bad day, but I'm thinking a part of this was growing up in a bubble wrapped world where he was never actually challenged to challenge his ideas. Instead, someone told him the way it's supposed to be, and he believed it, and when his world view got challenged, he cracked.

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Tolerance Doesn't End at My Accepting You.

It seems ridiculous to even address it. For me, and so many others, it's just obvious. It's not tolerance unless you actually have to tolerate something. So let's start with a definitiion:

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Condolences to the McCain Family

I will leave it to the historians to argue about Senator McCain's legacy. At this point, it matters not. He has done his service.

All that there is to do now is offer my condolences to his family.

Every man fills a space, and for Senator McCain's family, that space is now empty.

May they be comforted by his memory. And may they live to make him proud.

It's easy to stand on the side and criticize. Whether we agreed or not, we should take heart that there are people who will step up to serve, And if we don't or didn't agree, perhaps now is the time to stop criticizing and step up.

Thank You Senator McCain for your service.

Reason to be Hopeful

Reason to be Hopeful

unsplash-logoPaul Dufour

So I haven't written in a while. I've created for myself a challenge so that I can responsibly fund my life and be on the road campaigning, and I've let my posts slide.

To be truthful, I also agree with a lot of what President Trump says he is trying to accomplish, and while he may be a little more brash than we might expect from a proper statesman, he's also saying what needs to be said, and confronting power structures which do not operate to our advantage.

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Fascism: The Myth of a Kinder, Fairer America

Fascism: The Myth of a Kinder, Fairer America

unsplash-logoToa Heftiba

Donald Trump raised some eyebrows recently. He pissed off the rest of the G7 and then went and met with tyrant Kim Jong Un. CNN says we should worry, a lot.

Why exactly? Because he is an autocrat. He “conjure[s] a feeling of victimhood around himself, his followers and the nation.” According to Dr. “Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, . . . the idea of victimhood is an essential component of the methodology of many autocrats.” Now it might be fair if CNN disclosed its quite cozy relationship with this NYU professor, but why muddy up a good meme with admissions of bias.

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