Monthly Archives: June 2022
I’ve taken quite a vacation from watching Tucker Carlson. His show has devolved in a way I could never imagine. Used to be a time when, however wrong he was, he’d have guests on to have a contentious fight with. I don’t think anyone remotely credible wants to go on his show anymore, though. Now it’s all just hair-on-fire end of civilization commentary that probably only serves to scare old white folks.
Today, let’s highlight a couple of his latest conspiracies. This would be twice now in a span of perhaps a month that suggests that the Biden administration is trying to use drugs or the non-use of them to “control” the population, a familiar Tucker refrain with about zero basis in fact. Here’s Tucker saying that nicotine users have more mental acuity (debatable) and therefore a ban on Juuls is going to make men soft and stupid:
Not long after, he’s howling on a Brazilian beach about how government and corporations don’t want people to have families because they are still trying to help women obtain safe abortions and that the government might put SSRIs in the water supply to keep people happy:
Yes. That’s airing on a major cable “news network”. Not to mention that it’s one of the most popular shows on television. It’s no wonder this country is going to the dogs if this is in the diet.
UPDATE: More drug talk from Tucker. He’s alleging that school “counselors” are handing out “psychotropic” drugs all over the country. This is patent bullshit of course, as is the use of a scare word that most people don’t know. Then he mentions SSRIs again. I have news for Tucker; it’s not 1985 anymore; there’s SNRIs, tricyclics, tetracyclics, typical, atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, a panoply of drugs that go way beyond the promise of Prozac that doctors are prescribing more and more these days. If you are going to scare people, get fucking up to date with your nonsense, asshole.
The third hearing is now in the bag, and John Eastman will be the one holding it when all is said and done.
It’s plainly obvious now that Trump, others in his circle and Eastman conspired to subvert the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act. As January 6th came close, Eastman had been told time and time again that the scheme couldn’t work if Pence wasn’t going to take an activist approach to his duties as Senate president. Even Eastman at several junctures was forced to admit it wouldn’t work. Not even a conservative Supreme Court would come to their aid. Especially not a conservative one, as the language of the 12th is clear.
But Eastman admitted, “You know how he gets when he has something in his head,” referring to our mercurial and intransigent former president. So he went along with the whole hullabaloo on January 6th, whipping up the crowd at the Ellipse along with Giuliani, Trump and others to insist on challenging the validity of the election, like they had all been doing since November 4th, regardless of whether or not they knew they had lost.
It’s been said over and over, but this was a coup, executed on multiple levels to create maximum chaos. Bannon and Navarro planned the floor uprising, Eastman and Trump tried to force the vice president to invalidate safe harbored, official ballots, and the Proud Boys and The Oath Keepers led the angry mob to lay waste to the Capitol as Trump tweeted to them that nothing they planned was working. To link these pieces of the plot together will be the DOJ’s most difficult task.
Once the smoke cleared, Eastman asked to be on the pardon list. Interestingly enough, he did not receive one. This can only mean one thing; that Trump is throwing him under the bus for this whole stunt. Trump, as I understand it, does not use email or communications that could be archived to do his business. So perhaps it will be hard to link Eastman and Trump in a plot of seditious conspiracy. However, if these losers don’t want to hang out in a 6×9 cell for the rest of their lives, it might be worth it to roll on El Jefe.
I really don’t want to have to write this post, but I think we’ve reached the point of gun saturation in this country that if one side, the right wing fascist side, is consistently sending lone wolves among us to kill innocent people, perhaps we have no choice but to balance the equation and arm ourselves in equal measure. Not to attack, but to defend and resist.
I don’t think I’m being too terribly alarmist when I say that right wing thugs could easily be organized into militias sanctioned by a rogue government to police our streets. The Ku Klux Klan comes to mind, and all of the militias at the tip of the spear of the attack on Congress were probably organized or at least abetted in their mission by government actors.
I don’t expect this situation to get any better. If you thought 2020 was hotly contested, just wait until this November when ballots start getting thrown out over picayune irregularities without the ability to cure, and when state legislatures don’t like the result of a close race they will fire election officials until they find some that will send the electors they prefer. We who love democracy will protest, no doubt, and find ourselves in check by police and possibly militia.
So, the question is, what good is gun control going to do? Is it feasible, or even wise, given the threat the populace faces from those who are already hoarding guns for a revolution or a civil war? In order to make this country safer, we’d need to confiscate hundreds of millions of guns. How is that going to work? Hell, the ATF couldn’t disarm David Koresh without killing every one of his unfortunate followers. Ruby Ridge didn’t go so hot either. The ineluctable fact is that we cannot disarm America. It’s simply too herculean a task at this point. And everyone knows that banning only produces a black market, much the way the prohibition of drugs does.
Sadly, the only path to resistance may be for anti-fascists to be ready in equal capacity for an attack. The time for nonviolence is long past, and it won’t solve this problem. There’s a chance that a work stoppage or a general strike might wake some people up, but we have not achieved consciousness as servants and laborers in this manner yet. Most will be afraid to walk off the jobs they need desperately. Who can blame them, in these times where everyone is hanging by a thread economically?
Some feel that an incremental approach to the gun control problem is an answer. That clearly doesn’t work; every time a slaughter happens, even the slightest move towards curbing gun violence causes the purchase of guns to exponentially rise. And you can bet those aren’t lefties hoarding when this happens. These people are paranoid wingnuts with itchy trigger fingers. They think there’s a war coming. And they are ready to fight it.