The Shameless Exploitation of Critical Race Theory

Our friend Jeff over at On the Fence Voters has written an excellent post on how Republican candidates for Congress are using that bogeyman “CRT”, about which most of them know nothing, to intimidate and strike fear into the hearts of their voters. A must-read for all!!! Thank you, Jeff!!!

On The Fence Voters

Once again, harkening back to the days of the Willie Horton ads used by the George H.W. Bush campaign for president in 1988, the GOP stands ready to use race, specifically critical race theory (CRT), as the new bogeyman in the 2022 mid-term elections.

Over the past several years, we’ve learned that the GOP will use social issues such as race, gay marriage, and transgender rights to piss off as many people as possible to win elections.

Rather than put forward a platform of ideas and policies that would benefit the American people, they’d rather divide and conquer. The party lacks any meaningful policy proposals, which was reflected in its 2020 convention. For the first time in memory, the party didn’t even bother to put forth a platform of any kind — instead basically reiterating the goals of their 2016 proclamation.

And while that proclamation reflected the usual GOP…

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15 thoughts on “The Shameless Exploitation of Critical Race Theory

      • Thanks Jill….
        Maybe…maybe and this is a slim one, born out the grimness this is Cause & Effect of History and International Relations….
        What is taking place in the Ukraine will shake people up and stop this ‘American squabbling’. It’s a harsh price that Ukrainian and Russian people will have to pay and of course is a fertile ‘mulch’ for the Konspiracy Junkies.
        You can never tell with Cause & Effect, nor how it plays out, down the line.

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        • ‘Tis a fact that often an external threat will bring people together … temporarily. But when I was sure the pandemic would do that, instead it did the exact opposite. I wonder if the people of this nation are too far gone to realize that we are all one, are all in this together? And it’s a damn shame, but if Putin does as I expect, many people, especially in Ukraine, will die so that Putin can attempt one final power grab, one final attempt to re-create a Soviet-style empire. Sigh. Time will tell …

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          • I’ll give these points Jill:
            1. Folk get scared by diseases, especially ones that spread and they come up with all sorts of stupid; like pretending it’s not there, and sadly in the MAGA era there’s plenty of folk who will buy into that.
            2. Putin has played a shrewd game this past decade but he may be on the bring of a plate of Hubris here.
            Sure the Russian and Belarusian armed forces can roll into Ukraine, but once they are there, they are targets for every Ukrainian with a gun, knife, IED….old retired Russians will be shaking their heads and saying ‘Afghanistan’ . It’s one of the old military problems…Sure you can take it, but can you hold it?
            Then the West can play war on the cheap with the Economic Cards…..
            It could go all wrong for him; in the long run.
            And the USA intelligence services keep leaking his plans to the public domain, which is a downer.
            It’s a long game there Jill, and we can’t say how it will play out….heck even the Swedish forces have mobilised to beef up their presence on one of their nearby strategic islands…..You don’t want to mess with those guys when they are agitated.

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            • You make a good point about diseases and peoples’ fear of them … they put their hands over their ears and sing “La la la la la … I can’t hear you!” as loud as they can. Some of us, however, take precautions and try our best to keep our families and others safe.

              Just before I began answering comments about 15 minutes ago, I received breaking news that Russian forces are moving into two areas in Ukraine, calling them “peacekeepers”. Reminds me of the cold war days when atomic bombs were labeled “peacemakers”. I cannot begin to predict what will happen in the long run, for nobody, I think, can read Putin’s mind, but he seems to be ready to pull out all the stops and make sure his name is long remembered in one way or another.

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              • That sums up the Denial brigades Jill!

                Yeah. Part of the West underestimated Russia; not the Russia of today, but the latent driving forces which are historical Russia. Another part on the Left just wanted to blame the USA, Israel and Western Governments…..like a diluted form of Qanan.
                Russia was never going to let Ukraine drift West, neutral maybe.
                Like most crisis it could have been handled a while back but here we are.
                Thing is, as I’ve said before. They can take it, but can they hold it. It is the fate of large nations with lots of weaponry to think they can ‘do it’.
                A dip into the History and take say ‘The Peloponnesian Wars’ or ‘The Hundred Year Wars’ and there’s the whole messy story

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                • The question for me is … WHY do they even want to take it? Russia is 28 times the size of Ukraine … so … WHY??? Putin has long held the dream of re-creating a Soviet-style empire, but WHY? His is the largest country on the globe … seems to me that should be enough and he has done, in my book, a piss-poor job of taking care of his own country, so why he needs another is beyond me. Yes, it will no doubt be a big mess for a long time to come, with lives unnecessarily lost … many lives, most likely. But does Putin care? Not one whit.

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                  • Thing to bear in mind here Jill in those forces, tides and heritages of history. They can pull and tug. Think of anyone with an Irish surname on Saint Patrick’s Day.
                    There is it Ukraine. A large patch of land which has been fought over by the Russians Poles and Lithuanians to name but three for centuries. Until by the mid-18th Century when it was finally Russian, as far as they (not Putin ‘they’, because ‘they’ call the shots, and Putin gets tugged along as one of ‘they’) are concerned it’s a big long buffer between Europe and Russian…as in Holy Mother Russia (which it always was, even when the USSR).
                    When Ukraine split that agitated Moscow and the Kremlin along with a lot of Russian Nationalists…. ‘Those tuffties are ours’ …. the West does not get to put its hands in there!’
                    Of course The Russians tend to forget that The Ukrainians have their own opinions on the subject…a bit like London suddenly deciding ‘Hey to really protect our borders, let’s annex Eire again….What could possibly go wrong?’
                    Nothing new here folks, just happens to be happening when we are around.
                    It’s going to get bumpier.

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                    • You always have a way of ‘splaining things that helps make it clearer for me … thank you! Yes, it’s no doubt going to get bumpier and after his speech on Monday, I literally despise Mr. Putin … but so what … I despise Donald Trump, too, but it doesn’t really matter, does it? I wonder if Putin owns a conscience, or if he was born without?

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                    • Well, in his youth he was a KGB officer….
                      Thing is he is a classic type of Russian. Trust no one outside of Holy Mother Russia. Plan three steps ahead. The only ones you can trust are other Russians. ‘They’ are out to get Russia. The only way to protect Russia is surround Her with client and satellite states and use Useful Idiots in the West.
                      They say ‘Putin’s Russia’….. Wrong folks….He dances to an old Russian theme and it is buried deep in some.
                      At the end of the day ‘Only Russia’

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                    • Perhaps, but I sense that Putin has a more personal goal … that he hopes to go down in history as the one who re-built the Soviet Union. But admittedly I may be way off-center, for I haven’t studied Russia itself at any great length. Sigh. I only know that he is a man who would destroy the rest of us without losing a night’s sleep over it.

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