Mar. 8th, 2017

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I have seen a lot of people talking about the issues that were removed from the White House website. What I have seen little discussion of (or any, tbh) is what’s gone up in their place. There are exactly six issues now listed:

America First Energy Plan

America First Foreign Policy

Bringing Back Jobs And Growth

Making Our Military Strong Again

Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community

Trade Deals Working For All Americans

Just those headings should be terrifying enough: between the focus on state violence and the coded “America First” white ultranationalism, this is an unabashedly, literally fascist platform. But when you dive into the content, it becomes even more clear:

“Peace through strength will be at the center of that foreign policy.”

“[W]e will rebuild the American military.”

“President Trump is committed to reversing this trend [of a military that is marginally smaller in some areas than it was in 1991], because he knows that our military dominance must be unquestioned.”

“The world will be more peaceful and more prosperous with a stronger and more respected America.”

“Our military needs every asset at its disposal to defend America. We cannot allow other nations to surpass our military capability. The Trump Administration will pursue the highest level of military readiness.”

“For too long, Americans have been forced to accept trade deals that put the interests of insiders and the Washington elite over the hard-working men and women of this country.”

“The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration.”

“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter.”

“President Trump is committed to building a border wall[.]”

“[Trump] is dedicated to enforcing our border laws, ending sanctuary cities, and stemming the tide of lawlessness associated with illegal immigration.”

“The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.”

This is fascism. This is literally, unhyperbolically fascism. If you do not find this utterly terrifying down to the marrow of your bones, it is because either you do not think fascism will come for you and the people you love, or you have paid absolutely no attention to historical precedent about how these people operate and what their ultimate goals are.

Fascism does not stomp up to you, shouting its five-point plan for how it’s going to get rid of the Jews and the Muslims and the queers the Black people and the disabled people and the (”wrong kind of”) immigrants and and everybody else who stands in the way of a white nationalist state. It sidles up. It puts its arm around your shoulder. It says, “I am going to make you strong.” It says, “I am going to make you proud.” It says, “I am going to make you succeed, because I know exactly who’s been keeping you from all the things you know you deserve.”

This administration is telling us exactly who they are.

We need to believe them.

You know, I hadn’t even looked at the new website but you’re absolutely right - this is terrifying, and this is textbook. 
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Ashley Judd just gave the most incredible TED Talk outlining *exactly* what is holding women back from living free lives on the internet

The actress noted that she’s a survivor of “all forms of sexual abuse, including three rapes,” in addition to being subjected to rape and death threats on the internet. Some of the worst harassment Judd received online came after she weighed in about a Kentucky Wildcats game.

Gifs: TED

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do you see this? this right here is a masterful take down. I think I’m going to watch Tiq Milan politely yet firmly shut that (rude) question down all day, so that one day I too will learn to rise above and not be petty.


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