List of armed conflicts in United States History

This is a sobering list compiled by Youtube history buff Cynical Historian that¬† I felt I should share here. Note that this is armed conflicts and that this is due to the original poster’s own position on how hard it is to actually quantify a war. Just to give you an idea of how sobering this is, we have only had 8 years of actual peace in our entire history. I intend to give short summaries of each conflict on the list as time goes on so expect this list to be edited a bunch of times. Once again remember … Continue reading List of armed conflicts in United States History

Republican politicians are not your friends

I have heard the bemoaning of lack of unity and bipartisanship too much in the era of Trump. However, it is almost never used as a cudgel against the right as much as it is against the left. The Democrats(who are not the left but are supposed to represent us) are always supposed to be the ones to reach across the aisle to get stuff done. I have a few very important questions to this conventional wisdom: What could they possible work together on if they truly are people with different ideologies and opinions? Why is one party expected to … Continue reading Republican politicians are not your friends

Impeachment, division and the 2020 election

It is official, the Democrats are finally going forward with impeachment. There is little chance of the Republicans convicting in the Senate but the simple exercise is better than nothing. Now I have heard a lot of disagreement amongst the left, the social democratic liberals, and the centrists about this issue. We on the left are incredibly cynical as Trump has been able to get away with far worse shit then trying to bribe a foreign official to get dirt on a candidate he WILL NOT BE RUNNING AGAINST. Honestly, emoluments, concentration camps, war crimes, and his advocacy of right … Continue reading Impeachment, division and the 2020 election

Whining about polarization is a bad look

There are certain words that get a warm and fuzzy feeling to the elites in power, bipartisanship, American values, compromise etc etc. However, polarization has been a dirty word for longer than I’ve been politically active. The idea is that if we can’t agree on everything or anything and it causes conflict, this is SO BAD OMG OMG….. (extremely offensive aristocrat voice and fainting) Here is the dirty secret, polarization has always been with us. Guess what, we will never agree with everyone about everything and there are things on which we will get heated and angry about when discussing … Continue reading Whining about polarization is a bad look

Divisions and how to communicate better: A sermon on the dirtbag left, being a vulnerable man, and how to better be able to foster healthy communicatio and happiness

Did that title blow your mind? Did it make you roll your eyes and click off the site? Regardless of your reasoning I would like to take some of your time and talk frankly with you. I have had a lot of thoughts running through my head the past weekend. I was at my friends wedding, and I was dealing with social anxiety, feeling lonely, etc etc. I also was doing some serious self-reflection on how to be better in large groups and how to communicate better. A friend of mine was having some issues with his girlfriend and the … Continue reading Divisions and how to communicate better: A sermon on the dirtbag left, being a vulnerable man, and how to better be able to foster healthy communicatio and happiness

Racism is not an acceptable opinion

There is a lot of talk about respecting people’s difference of an opinion and that otherwise it makes “freedom of speech” impossible. You must tolerate the intolerant or you are being intolerant. Who are you to judge someone? Many issues in the political discourse are nuanced and cannot be easily summarized but we ALSO cannot deny that there are some issues that are settled. The truth will not win if we don’t respect the truth and facts. This is why the Republican party is a terrorist organization.¬† They are ideologically backwards and rely on racism and hatred to get elected. … Continue reading Racism is not an acceptable opinion

Destiny: Failstreamer

Destiny has recently been having actual leftists on more recently to debate him. I thought this was a good thing in general but I do think it has exposed his own failings very clearly. First of all, the guy is clearly much more comfortable debating right wingers. I think his clearly aggressive style and aloof, assholish demeanor is the perfect foil for the right because they very often are very similar. It also doesn’t actually take much to dismantle their arguments. However, Destiny is also very capable of arguing for extended lengths of time and enjoys it. I think this … Continue reading Destiny: Failstreamer

The right hates democracy

The current right wing in the United States of America has contempt for democracy. You see it every day and in their efforts to suppress voters to maintain power. The press acts flummoxed when the Republican party continues to act hypocritical and fascistic and yet this is all very predictable. Honestly, anyone who has seen just a few clips of Fox News should understand how the right wing operates. They do not offer ideas but exist to maintain the people in power and prevent the undesirables from making any progress. However, the right cannot win if they rely on majority … Continue reading The right hates democracy

We could end poverty if we just tried.

If a 3.8% tax was imposed on everyone at double the poverty line, we could end global poverty today. You heard me right, we can end poverty right now. We have the resources and the prosperity, we just lack the will. This is really disturbing to me how this hasn’t been done yet. What kind of monsters are we that we don’t demand that our elected leaders force the very richest people to shoulder a higher burden and for all of us to band together to help everyone who needs it. We as human beings shouldn’t ever be reduced to … Continue reading We could end poverty if we just tried.

Fissure in the Democratic Party   “At its root, then, the Democratic Party is more a contradiction than a coalition: a giant, lumbering political machine piloted by centrists and undergirded by corporate money, yet paradoxically the default vehicle for opposition to an increasingly feral and reactionary right”. (quote from above Jacobin article) This line is a bit flowery but I think it perfectly sums up the problem in the current political climate of the United States. It is a age old problem that has always plagued the left, the problem of us tending to eat each other and self-sabotage. The right has always been … Continue reading Fissure in the Democratic Party

Current Events and feeling angry

The current status of politics in the world today is very disheartening and is bound to cause a lot of anger and sadness. I feel both of those things and it is draining. I keep up to date with current events despite how angry and sad it makes me because I feel obligated to. I understand that it is okay to take a brief respite but at the same time, it is also a a privilege that many other folks don’t have. African American men and women don’t get to choose whether or not they are judged for their race … Continue reading Current Events and feeling angry

United States of Terrorism

At the southern border of the United States we have concentration camps. The bane of the Jewish peoples of Europe during the early 20th century has come back. Now let me be clear, these are not death camps. However, they are concentration camps and no less evil then the “internment camps” we imprisoned Japanese- American citizens following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Trump administration and the Republican party are determined to spread hate and fear for the sake of staying in power. The treatment of prisoners in the camps at the border is inhumane and the attitude of border … Continue reading United States of Terrorism