Friday, 12 January 2018

The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers

quote [ How can the rhetoric about Trump from Democratic leaders be reconciled with their actions yesterday to protect his unchecked power to spy on Americans? ]

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[by raphael_the_turtle@7:33pmGMT]


damnit said[1] @ 7:55pm GMT on 12th Jan [Score:1 Underrated]
They're all cut from the same cloth.

From a Jason Chestnut on Facebook.
I went to a liberal arts college, where I hung out with liberal people, and I heard variations of “Africa is a #shithole.” On numerous occasions.

One of my peeps, during a poker game one night, said we “should just bomb Africa and start over.” This was an educated, liberal guy.

This ain’t just the pathetic, dotty old racist current president. This is the United States of America.

From JFK’s CIA-led murder of Patrice Lumumba — democratically elected in the Congo — to “King” Leopold II’s torture and rape of Burundi and Rwanda, white #shithole “civilization” has fucked over that continent.

We watched the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and wondered why “Africans would do that to each other.” Read up on Belgium’s role. That shit didn’t come out of nowhere.

And I haven’t even touched the transAtlantic slave trade, which massacred western Africa and made the West unbelievably rich.

Even in places where people weren’t enslaved en masse — like Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana — they were effectively enslaved by white traders and others bringing “civilization” to the “Dark Continent.”

We look at the shitty, violent policies of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe, but totally gloss over the white supremacist stronghold that was Rhodesia before.

Then there’s South Africa, of course (and, by extension, Namibia, which was a client state under apartheid). Up until the late 80s, the U.S. was actively supporting the white regime there.

We assuage our guilt when it comes to sub-Saharan Africa by giving money to Sally Struthers-types, condescendingly mourning those “poor Africans,” without acknowledging our country’s role in it all.

Cartography even plays into this, pretending Africa is not a major continent, shrinking it to a size on par with Australia.

In every single way — economically, philosophically, geographically, etc... — #shithole countries like the U.S. have demolished the African continent, and then have turned around and said, “What the fuck is wrong with y’all?”

Africa has been plundered and pillaged several times over. Always in the name of civilization. Always with white supremacy as its driving principle.

And yet. If you’re lucky enough to visit that continent, you will be overwhelmed with hospitality, wisdom, and the very birthplace of humanity. The absolute opposite of a #shithole. Shame on you, 45*. Shame on us.
eggboy said @ 10:37pm GMT on 12th Jan
I wouldn't say the cartography had a purposeful intent to diminish Africa.

"They can't govern themselves, they need us" is colonialism 101. Bring in another lower working class from somewhere else, Indians or Chinese or whatever, and set the locals against them. Stir up trouble and then set yourself up as the only way to manage disputes between then. When you have to leave, promote all the sociopaths and Idi Amin types to general or judge overnight and watch as they all fight for power and it all goes to shit. Cluck your tongue and say "They just can't govern themselves, they need us" as the various strongmen kill each other and anyone who could help run the country, until only the most cunning and ruthless cunt is left alive to rob a shattered country. Come back not as a government but a company, and have that greedy strongman continue to help you rob the country blind. If he wont play ball, Gaddafi, Castro, Mugabe etc. Demonise the evil cunt.
bbqkink said[1] @ 9:29pm GMT on 12th Jan

Sorry for this post

raphael_the_turtle said @ 11:42pm GMT on 12th Jan
Don't worry, I left the all important "shithole" comment to you.
bbqkink said[2] @ 12:03am GMT on 13th Jan

raphael_the_turtle said[1] @ 1:00am GMT on 13th Jan
Just to be clear who are you calling a liar? The Intercept, the EFF, or the ACLU?
bbqkink said @ 1:06am GMT on 13th Jan [Score:1 Informative]
Sorry I had this confused with another part of the law i was wrong it is warrantless.
rezties said @ 9:49pm GMT on 12th Jan
I too blame the opposition for not fighting hard enough, all the time.
Hugh E. said @ 10:25pm GMT on 12th Jan
Same President Who Approves of Vast Warrantless Spying Denounces Its Supposed Use On Him
mechanical contrivance said @ 10:39pm GMT on 12th Jan

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