I just wrote about Greg Gianforte’s assault of Ben Jacobs, which in and of itself is a shocking incident but taken within the broader scope of growing anti-media violence is a cultural alarm bell.
The actual assault is evidence that Gianforte is unfit to hold elected office. That’s not really even debatable.
What’s more troubling, however, than a single individual––who’s clearly unfit for office––winning an election is the is moral decay of the a political party which enthusiastically embraces such an unfit person.
Certainly during the presidential election Donald Trump destroyed cultural and political norms about what we expect of elected officials – monogamy, personal integrity, shared epxierence, similar core values, etc. But he also destroyed the moral credibility (however questionable it was in the first place) of the Republican Party’s gatekeepers; the elder statesmen, as it were, of the organization who, in “normal” times, are responsible for maintaining an ethos within the party.
He did this by repeatedly breaking promises (i.e, “the pledge”), personally slandering the GOP field of candidates (all of them), usurping party processes and leadership structures, and with his conduct as a candidate – bragging about his penis size during a debate, for example.
To reinforce the point, once in office Trump hired Bannon, Flynn, Gorka and Miller. And he nominated Sesions and Pruitt.
That the party’s voters and leaders supported (and still support him) anyway created a clear permission structure for all manner of bad actors to try their hand at Trump’s version of Republican politics. Greg Gianforte is just the first; by function of a special election, of many who will attempt to follow in Trump’s footsteps in an explicit way.
Gianforte tied himself directly to Trump as a campaign strategy. That wasn’t the case for the Republican candidate in the Kansas special congressional election or in the Georgia 6th.
In the 24 hours after the assault of Ben Jacobs Gianforte raised $100,000 according to reports. And, multiple reporters then reported personal ancedotes of interactions with voters who supported Gianforte’s actions - “Jacobs (and the media) had it coming.”
Moreover, while his campaign initially lied about the assulat in their press release, national GOP leaders remained silent. Upon direction questioning, not one elected congressional Republican backed away from Gianforte after the assault.
Vice President Mike Pence hid from the media and the public so as to avoid being asked questions. Speaker Ryan made a tepid statement through a spokesperson.
What’s clear, to me, is that even if they had––as a party leaders––decided to confront Gianforte publicly for his criminal actions no one would’ve cared. Not after they looked the other way on Trump’s sexual assulat. Not after vitcitim-shaming/blaming the women who came forward to disclose their encouters with Trump. Not after they’d adopted his anti-media playbook as their own.
What’s unclear to me is whether or not Repubcalian leaders realize their own moral decay?
Regadlress, it’s going to get harder for Republicans in the future, not easier. Gianforte is, by-and-large, a mainstream Trump-Republican (so much as that taxonomy can be applied). He’s a billionaire businessman. He’s on the board of a local Christian school. He ran for governor (and lost). He’s still married. He checks the boxes of a tranditional conservative who’s chosen to cast-in with Trump.
But given the party’s lack of moral fortitude, and the reality that there just aren’t that many Greg Gianforte’s in the country, what mechanisms exist to prevent the Republican Party from becoming, say, an alt-right apparatus?
In districts across the Midwest and South alt-right candidates could viably compete for congressional seats in the next two to three election cycles. What’s to stop them from running as Trump-Republicans? Will Speaker Ryan denounce them? Will the NRCC field competing candidates? These things seem highly unlikely given what we’ve just expierenced.
Republicans are on the same “slippery slope” they frequently fear-monger about liberals creating regarding “alternative lifestyles.” That is to say, they’ve opened a door to the future that they might not be able to close –– even if they wanted to (which I’m not convinced they would want to close because in a lot of ways this door to the future is actually a door to their desired [mythological] past).
AU where Anya lives and her perception of Lexa’s growing feelings for Clarke
“Again?” Anya sighs, sitting up in her bed. The soft footsteps of the pacing Commander wake her for the fifth night in a row. The candles are low and dawn is close, the ground is hard in the impending chill, preparing for winter that will be harder than the last.
How to recognize and deal with a Destiheller in 3 easy steps.
When wandering through the wild world of Tumblr and especially if you step into the vast Supernatural fandom, is easy to spot the Destiel shippers, since their numbers are great and they move in packs. However, when approaching a Destiel shipper to decide if you want to be friends with them or not, you have to be very careful, for there is a more agressive species of this particular brand of shippers: the Destihelleres. *cue menacing music*
Now, you must be aware, most Destiel shippers are friendly and like a regular shipper, they only wish to enjoy their ship through fanart, fanfiction and meta-analysis. Some of them have given up on the canon show and some of them keep watching in the hopes that their ship may become canon some day. Whatever the case, if you approach them with kidness and respect, they will extend the same courtesy to you, even if you ship something different entirely.
The Destihellers, however… *more menacing music.*
Be not afraid, though, because through my experience and the experience of those around me who have dealt with them extensively, I have developed a foolproof method to detect and avoid Destihelleres. And as SPN has been confirmed for its thirteenth season (yes, this horse has been beaten into a fine powder) I thought it would be useful to share it. Let’s begin.
He’s got some issues with his sibling (though not in a negative way)
She’s a tsundere plus from an almost-extinct clan with an unsual hair color and super power(s)
He seems to like teasing her as a pastime
They’re on fuufu manzai mode everytime encoutering (fuufu manzai lit. means husband-and-wife comedy duo)
Both better end up with together for god sakes!!!!!!!!
Well, overall, if Karin could drop her crazy-fangirl mode over Sasuke (who merciless stabbed her to get his goals) then she’d be a really badass kunochi as Kushina! And… Kagura’s still the best female manga character! Damn all the sexists who make light of women!
As for Suigetsu he seems to be a pervert brat with a potty mouth like Sougo I guess =3=
Bonus gifs found in the progress of writing this post coz I’m in my leecher mode: