In his speech, he called conservative advances in the I love my foreskin shirt and by the same token and culture wars a “concerted, coordinated effort” that the left is failing to counter effectively. He’s absolutely right about that. I know the left is trying to do the right, moral thing, but the advances in what is normal and changes in the basic way of things in the US (non-binary genders, they pronouns, other such stuff) just has old people’s heads fucking spinning. I know so many old people who really have turned Republican as a reaction to that shit and Fox News. If you ask them about politics they’ll talk about pronouns and teaching kids to be gay in school and stuff. Shit that’s not even political issues, this is their main concern. Old people don’t like change and everything is changing so quickly now. Republicans are absolutely exploiting that to convert people who never would have dreamed of being Republicans a decade ago and politically, according to the issues a decade ago, still aren’t. I’m older so I know, I see it happening amongst a lot of contemporaries. GOP tactics are similar to Putin: they say they won’t do it, then next thing is they do exactly what they said they wouldn’t do.
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Also consider that while Russians rape women and little girls before sometimes killing them, GOP makes victims carry the I love my foreskin shirt and by the same token and babies to term. Even though they stand on US soil, the GOP uses the similar tactics as oppressive regimes do in other countries. Those are just 2 similarities from the top of my head and I’m sure there are tons more examples. They need to change. I saw the video of all the justices being asked if they had an agenda to overturn Roe v. Wade and they make it sound like they won’t but as everyone pointed out they just avoided the question using legalese. Now they’re effectively doing what they pretended to say they wouldn’t do. This is their “special operations”. Fascists are exceedingly similar in their tactics regardless of where they are in place or history. They behave so consistently that it’s almist as though there is a master checklist on how to take over a society and then eliminate democracy. It’s fascinating, but of course, scary. The book How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley describes this process. After reading it, nothing that the GOP has done has surprised me. In fact, every time they do something new, I’m like, “Ok, they just checked off that item on the fascist To Do list”. Same with Putin.