Sunday, December 10, 2017

Coward


Something that just occurred to me yesterday:  You know how they say bullies are all cowards inside?  Well, here is the perfect example.
So, we know that this sick son of a bitch has been fomenting a war against North Korea for months, presumably because starting a war would be the biggest distraction possible when the irrefutable truth of his treason sinks in to the American people (if it ever does.)

Well, as I am sure you saw, a couple of weeks ago, North Korea launched a missile which is said to be capable of reaching Washington, DC.

Trump did not care a shred, of course, that if he started his war, hundreds of thousands of Koreans and Japanese citizens could die to provide a distraction from his crimes, but God forbid that there should be one thousandth of a percent chance that a missile might fall on him personally. Yes, folks, the Most Powerful Man On Earth has been beaten down and made to run for cover by a fat thirty year old punk with one of the most obsolescent armies on earth.

So all of a sudden it's all about how we have to have talks with North Korea, and the attention of the White House has totally turned to fomenting violence in the Middle East, where there are also millions of people who can be killed without Trump caring a bit.  And let's face it, the Palestinians, who have managed to fire ten thousand missiles at Israel without hitting a thing, are unlikely to be able to target the White House or Mar a Lago.  So here is our new enemy!

"Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia."-George Orwell, 1984

It would be pathetic if it weren't likely to kill a couple of million people in order to protect one loathsome criminal from the consequences of his actions.



A little note:  I haven't been posting much lately.  Partly that is because of work, but mainly because of something I have said before:  I like to try to say something that everybody else isn't saying too.  And the crimes of the Republicans are so blatant these days that there is no shortage of people talking about them.  Anyway, this post is an exception, because I haven't heard anyone suggest this line of thought yet.  I'm still here when I think I have something to add to the conversation.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Low Class

"Trump Says Owning Pets Is ‘Low-Class’

I hear Trump is planning on a trip to England soon.  I would love to hear him explain that theory to this lady:



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dead to Me

Kirsten Gillibrand, Mazie Hirono, Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Kamala Harris, Patty Murray, Tammy Baldwin, Bob Casey, Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, Debbie Stabenow, Heidi Heitkamp, and Ed Markey.

What do these people have in common?  They are all wasting the public's time and what little power the Democrats have left in trying to destroy Al Franken over the most minor abuses, while the Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump openly work to turn this country into a fascist dictatorship.  Apparently, whether Franken touched some woman's butt is more important than the destruction of everything that it was supposed to mean to be an American.

How does this witch hunt do one thing to protect Americans from the greatest internal threat that has ever faced this country?  And how does proving, once again, that they will collapse in the face of even a half-hearted display of Republican outrage, show that they have the strength of character necessary to stand up to the Republicans?

I am particularly saddened to see Sherrod Brown, who I have supported so strongly over the years, on this list, but there he is.

I don't want to hear one word out of these people until they show that they have the minimal intelligence necessary to separate the real threats to this country from a pack of Republican baiting.  Democrats who will cave in as soon as the Republicans start howling are pretty much no better than the Republicans themselves.  In fact, I don't think I have a shred of interest in them, no matter what they have done in the past.  They do not have the capacity to lead us out of the danger we are in.

No matter how malignant the Republicans are, I never gave up hope.  At least until this.  Now, I think I do have no hope.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

McCain Does the Inevitable

The same behavior which the Maverick has engaged in for decades, while the press carefully averts its eyes- talk a great game in front of adoring "reporters," collect all the honors for what a noble, free thinking man he is, and then in the end vote with all the other pig Republicans to pass their corrupt, hateful legislation.  And here he is again, on board with the unbelievably monstrous Republican tax theft.

But really, why not?  He'll be dead before the depression that this bill is going to cause actually happens, so what does he care?  Well, thanks a lot, John, for going out showing your true character.  Don't bother inviting us to the funeral- we can stop by later to spit on your grave.

Mount Agung At Last

So, whatever happened to the eruption of Mount Agung, which I reported on a couple of months ago.  It looked like despite predictions, the residents of Bali had dodged a bullet and things had returned to normal.  Then, a few days ago, things changed:

This is already a fairly substantial eruption, and we have no idea what will happen next.  I'll keep watching over the next few days.

Melania's Christmas

Maybe I'm an idiot, but Melania, I love your Christmas decorations.  They're the best thing I've seen you do since you've been in the White House.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Roy Moore- The Other Side of the Story

I have read so much about Roy Moore lately, and there is no question that he is one of the lowest people you will ever come across.  And yet none of his loathsome acts over the years seems to be deterring any significant number of Republicans in Alabama from voting for him.  It's pretty clear what that says about him and his supporters, but I want to take a minute to talk about why Alabama voters might be voting against his opponent, Doug Jones.

As we all know, Jones' most famous act, and the one that forms a centerpiece of his campaign, is when he won a conviction against several Ku Klux Klan members who burned down a church, killing four little black girls in the process. 

To any sane person, that was the act of a hero, particularly in a place like Alabama.  But I would like to suggest what I have not seen one single person have the temerity to mention:  To the kind of ugly, hate filled people who fill the voting rolls in Alabama, this act may be seen as a supreme betrayal of their race, and may in their minds be a reason to see that Jones never gains power in their State.  Yes, in my view, that is just how horrible the people of Alabama are: Moore's perpetual violation of the law, accompanied with the requisite religious blather, is actually a qualification for higher office, while Jones' act of courage and justice is an abominable betrayal.

Things may be at their worst in Alabama, but this sort of thinking has been carefully cultivated all over this country, and its effect is damning us all.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Headline Today

"Mugabe resigns under military pressure after 37 years as Zimbabwe’s leader"

I just wonder if we will be reading a similar headline about Donald Trump in another 36 years.

In the meantime, stories that don't deserve much coverage, I guess:

Trump collected $107 million for his inauguration, more than twice the amount ever collected before, even though it was run with a very small number of people.  Where is the rest of the money?  People are asking, but no one will tell.

Trump is planning to appoint a lawyer with a long history of working for vote suppression to run the 2020 census.

The FCC is set to do away with net neutrality rules as early as next week, allowing internet service providers to decide which sites they want to carry, and which they want to ban.

Fox News legal expert Jeannine Piro caught driving 119 miles an hour in a 65 mile zone.  She says that she was going to see her mother and didn't realize that she was driving over the speed limit.  If she had already seen her mother and was trying to get away, I might buy it.  I mean, how creepy would a woman have to be to produce a daughter like Jeannine Piro?

Trump administration to end humanitarian protections for 50,000 Haitians by July 2019.  Remember a couple of years ago when Republicans were savaging the Clinton foundation for going down to Haiti and trying to help out there, and not having much luck? Better to just let Haitians die, and I guess I don't have to explain the reasoning behind that choice.

A State Department “dissent” memo said Rex Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.  Can't make money from countries that we banned for the pathetic reason that they are making children fight in their armies.

An Alabama police chief accused Roy Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, of having sexually molested him when he was a minor.  The story was revealed within 24 hours to be a total, malignant lie, at which point, of course, the police chief claimed it was all a joke.  Well, don't worry, this Republican official got a 2 week suspension.  That's enough for something like this, right?

And all in one day in Republican America.  There will be this many sickening stories tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, and every day until being a Republican is a class A felony, or the country collapses.  I'm betting on the latter, but then, Green Eagle always was sort of a pessimist. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

Charlie

So, Charlie Manson finally kicked the bucket.

Charlie had sort of loomed over us for most of our lives, an infamous, creepy, horrible and yet somehow attractive figure who etched himself permanently into American culture by acts he incited over two days in the sixties.

What has occurred to me in thinking about it is how Charlie, in a strange way, was a symbol of a much more innocent time.  These days, we have people in this country committing atrocities far worse that Charlie did, on a weekly basis, only for them to be virtually forgotten about as the next monster heaves into view.  The Las Vegas shooter, the Texas Church shooting, the Northern California guy spraying fire at a random elementary school- all in the last month or so.  And we just move on, while Charlie managed to frighten us for forty years. 

Mass murder isn't what it used to be, and in this Republican age, when the dominant political party deliberately stokes the kind of rage and hatred that produces these acts, it has been debased from a monstrous act to just another in an endless string of quickly forgotten tragedies.  One more little price we pay for allowing rich people to run everything.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wingnut Wrapup

I know I more or less promised to cool it with the wingnuts, but they have reached such a climax of screeching lies lately, due to the simultaneous unraveling of Trump, Jeff Sessions and their poster boy, Roy Moore, that they are really on a tear these days.  I can't even begin to get to it all.  The following is too much for a sane society, but I am really only scratching the surface here.

Angry Patriot:  "Clinton Foundation Taxes Reveal Just How Little They Give To Charity"

The Clinton Foundation is a charity, dumbass.

"In its IRS filings, the Clinton Foundation paid out over $91 million, but only roughly $5 million of that actually went to charitable grants!"

The Clinton Foudation runs its own programs.  It doesn't pay other groups to do its work, except where it cannot provide the services; thus the $5 million paid to others.  Anyone with even the most superficial knowledge of the Clinton foundation knows this, including, I am sure, the anonymous writer of this smear.

Angry Patriot:  "JUST IN: Hillary Just Got Bad News From DOJ"

Ooh, that's scary:

"We have our hopes up that (new FBI director Christopher) Wray is going to see through any deception on Mueller’s part and see through this nonsensical investigation as smoothly as possible. Once that situation is out of the way, he can proceed to take them down once and for all. We suspect that when Clinton falls, the Democratic Party is going to fall behind her."

In other words, she didn't get bad news from the DOJ; they've got nothing.  They hope that their hateful wet dreams come true, but they do not have a shred of evidence that they will.  That's the "bad news" for Hillary: right wingers hate her.  Somehow, I think she didn't need any news from the DOJ to figure that out.


Angry Patriot, and its anonymous smear merchants, are new to me.  Let me just leave you with this incisive historical analysis from them:

"The big lie the Left is intent on hiding is that Hitler learned his most potent strategies–strategies that resulted in horrific events–from the Democrat Party of the United States. It was from the Democrats that Hitler learned how to create a progressive racial state. The Democrat legacy is one of racism, oppression, and violence!

... all the dictatorial systems that made up the Axis Powers, including Hitler’s Nazis and Mussolini’s fascists, were Progressives. Their ideologies were deeply rooted in Leftist Socialism."

There's lots more like this, but readers of Wingnut Wrapup have heard it all before.  No lie too big, no lie too small, and never will they take a shred of responsibility for the horrors that the right inevitably causes. 


And of all the reactions to the (inevitable) revelation that Alabama Republican (and Christian saint) Roy Moore is a pervert, it's going to be hard to top this one from Republican Representative Ed Henry of Hartselle, Alabama:

“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years. I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion,”

A fourteen year old girl molested by a 32 year old Republican assistant district attorney...She is the guilty party who belongs in jail.  Of course.  Because Republican.

Steve Bannon:  "[Trump] is the least racist guy I’ve ever met."

Knowing, who you hang out with, Steve, I expect you are telling the truth, for once.

The Federalist:  "Media Covered Up Sexual Assault To Score Points For The Left"

So we can ignore anything that turns up about Roy Moore, or Donald Trump, for that matter.  The evidence of the coverup?

"if you want to talk about Senator Waitress Sandwich, who was the lion of the Senate, because much of the media here kept quiet about those things over the years, or Bill Clinton,” she said. “Two weeks ago NBC covered up the Weinstein thing"

"The Lion of the Senate," presumably being long dead Senator Teddy Kennedy, who was involved in the tragic traffic death of a girl 49 years ago, and which, whatever the circumstances, had nothing to do with sexual assault, and Bill Clinton, who had a consensual sexual relationship with an adult woman.  The press, egged on by Republican smear merchants, never let the Kennedy story die, and Clinton's affair became the centerpiece of the biggest news orgy in the history of the country.  Some coverup. 

And most importantly, please remember that the Federalist society, which is behind this smear and many others, is the organization that Donald Trump turns to for recommendations for whom to appoint to lifetime Federal judge positions.

T.K., News Politics:  "NATIONAL POLITICS Trump Gets A Message From Putin Following Horrific Mass Shooting At Texas Church"

What, "next time, make sure some of your enemies are in the church before the shooting starts?


And, could the lies get any more preposterous?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members...This is not dis-info, it is fact. Sealed indictments are verifiable public record. We don’t know whats in them yet, but you can see they are there and it’s sure as heck not normal, it’s unprecedented. There has never been this many at once . . . ever."

294!!!  Indictments!!!1!!!1!!!!  Pedophiles!!!    Believe that?  You really are a sucker.  Funny, not a single news source except Your News Wire, and White Supremacists and holocaust denier Hal Turner.  But just wait!  More to come, I guarantee you.  Right wingers in the year 2070 (if anyone is still alive) will still be hearing about this story, during recesses in the latest Benghazi hearings.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Your News Wire:  "Alt. Media Vindicated: Congress Holds Hearings On ‘Weather Manipulation’

Yeah, "hearings" conducted by three Republican climate lunatics in the Senate, led by king loon Lamar Smith.  Chemtrails!!!!  See my remark above about lies that never die. 


This is apparently based on a story from the "Activist Post," which posts articles like this one:

Chris Kanthan, Activist Post:  "Stop Saying, “Putin Invaded Ukraine and Annexed Crimea”

Stop!  STOP SAYING THAT!!!!!  Stop, I tell you!  Stop!  Now back to the elite pedophile ring!

Or how about this?

Brandon Turbeville, Activist Post:  "Leaked Documents Reveal Israel Attempt To Capitalize On Hariri Resignation"

Israel tried to "capitalize" on events in an adjacent, barely functional country!  Way outside decency.  If you are Jewish.  And how did Israel do this?

"(A) cable said: “You need to stress that the Hariri resignation shows how dangerous Iran and Hezbollah are for Lebanon’s security.  “Hariri’s resignation proves wrong the argument that Hezbollah participation in the government stabilizes Lebanon”

Ha ha.  Would anyone disagree with that simple, obvious statement of plain facts?  But when you are Israeli, telling the truth is a treachery beyond measure.  They must all be Democrats over there, because the same is true for Democrats.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Total Losers: Yep, Anti-Trump Voters Just Threw A Nationwide Tantrum On Anniversary of 2016 Election"

A tantrum involving winning a bunch of off-year elections.  Voting is throwing a tantrum.  If you're a Democrat, anyway.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "ICYMI: You Can Probably Guess What ABC, CBS, and NBC Did When The Hillary-DNC Rigging Story Broke"

Reported that the story was just one more Republican lie?  No, they didn't do that, so they still have a long way to go before they are even close to doing their duty.

And now, how to lie in a cartoon:

The truth:  The VA routinely receives the highest quality ratings from its patients of any health provider in the country.  The one thing it is criticized for is wait times, which are one hundred percent the result of Republican funding cuts.  Of course, that's the Democrats' fault somehow, and serves as one more proof that the government fails at everything it does- if it's left to the Republicans.

Ariana Grossu, Town Hall:  "Sen. Cassidy Was Right: Most Planned Parenthood Businesses Are in Urban Areas"

The stupid crackers in rural areas stabbed themselves in the back again by doing away with the clinics that serve them.  But see, we all know that this whole story is code language for "Planned Parenthood only serves black people, so let's crush it."

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "First Question: Are Roy Moore's Accusers Credible?  Next Question: If So, Then What?"

Guy means, "Next Question:  How do we shout them down with more lies about Hillary?"

Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Moore Fumbles Defense on Appearance with Hannity...Moore claimed to remember one of his accusers, but couldn't make up his mind whether he had dated her or not"

He didn't lie big enough.  What kind of Republican is he, anyway?

D. C. McAlister, Gateway Pundit:  "Even Roy Moore Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty"

I only bring this up to harangue you about one of my major pet peeves:  A person is PRESUMED innocent IN THE EYES OF THE LAW until found guilty.  That does not mean that they are innocent.  If they committed the crime, they are guilty, regardless of the outcome of any trial, or regardless of whether there is a trial at all.  We all know, for example, that O. J. killed his wife, no matter what was the outcome of his botched trial, and we all (if we are honest) know that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney are war criminals who murdered a million people without a shred of justification, even though no one had the honesty and courage to hold them responsible.  Anyway, end of rant, and back to our regularly scheduled rant:

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Alabama TV Station Can’t Find a Single Person Who Believes Vicious WaPo Hit Piece on Judge Roy Moore "

Alabama.  I rest my case.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Arrogant NeverTrump Hack Who Urged Christians to Abandon Trump Is Now Urging Christians to Abandon Roy Moore"

Go figure.  The guy who turned against Trump because he was a sexual predator, turned against Roy Moore for the same reason.  What the hell is he thinking?

Lucian Wintrich, Gateway Pundit:  "CHINA VISIT: President Trump Praised As “UNCLE TRUMP”

You know, like this uncle:


Joseph Farah, World Net Daily:  "WHY BIBLE PROPHECY SHOULDN'T BE SCARY"

Because it's all bullshit?  That's my guess.

Norman Rogers, American Thinker:  "Tell a Big Lie and Keep Repeating It...Mother Nature is not cooperating with fake global warming science because the Earth has failed to warm for the last two decades."

Of course, we all know this is a malignant lie, but I thought you would like to see these two charts; first, one showing real global warming:

And one that is all over the right wing world, which is a complete phony:

One more demonstration of how utterly lost these people are, and how futile it is to try to discuss anything with them, or really do anything except remove them from the earth, or perhaps just the country, and send them to Somalia or Russia, where they belong.

Peter Coyne, Daily Reckoning:  "Is the president purposely tanking the U.S. dollar?  The greenback is down 7.5% since he took office — and the trend doesn’t show any signs of stopping.

But could that all be according to his plan?  That’s why by Jan. 1 2018, he is almost certain to give the U.S. dollar a much-needed “reboot”.

A reboot.  Well, he is already giving the dollar a boot, after it soared against the Euro under Obama (something that Peter forgot to mention.)  But it's all part of the seventy-eleven million dimension chess that Trump, the smartest man on earth, is so famous for.  So, Peter, you keep telling yourself that it's all part of the great cosmic plan.  Me, I'm checking out to listen to some Howling Wolf.




Joshua Caplan, Gateway Pundit:  "EPIC! Roy Moore Attorney Calls CNN Host: ‘Don Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy’ 

Epic!  This is what passes for good news for Republicans these days.  Unless they are really happy to see their President kissing Vladimir Putin's ass, which a lot of them seem to be.

And if it is in a chart, it must be true, right?  Congressman Louie Gohmert once again demonstrates why he is the most insane person in Washington:

If you think you can make any sense of that, maybe you should get some counseling too.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "According to Jesus, not one valid accusation against Moore"

And this is a man who spends his whole life claiming to speak for God.  The sheer gall of it all is breathtaking.  And by the way, I don't think we need Jesus' opinion to know that it is wrong for a grown man to molest a 14 year old girl.  Call me crazy, but I think decent people can figure that out by themselves.  Here is Bryan's claim, in somewhat more detail:

"When it comes to sin, and suspicions of sin, the Master was quite clear. "Every charge," he said, every accusation of wrongdoing, must be "established by the evidence of two or three witnesses" (Matthew 18:16). In other words, if there is just one witness, that accusation cannot be considered a valid accusation, cannot be considered a fact..."

Of course, since most rapists do not invite people along to watch, that would pretty much put an end to all rape prosecutions, but is that what Jesus said?  No, it is not.  Here is the relevant passage of Matthew, from the New International Bible:

"15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector."

Jesus was saying not one damned thing about witnesses to the act, but merely about confronting the malefactor with multiple people to inform them that their behavior is unacceptable.  Well, so far, we have had several million people state that Roy Moore's behavior is repugnant.  Like all of these right wing Christians, getting their way even justifies mangling the word of their infallible God.  That's how much they really believe in the sanctity of Christianity when it stands in the way of their real religion, tax cuts. 

And how about some more from Renew America, which mangles the very concept of the word "dishonest:"

Lloyd Marcus, Renew America:  "Black Christian Conservative Republican Lloyd Marcus here. I call upon all my fellow Christians not to abandon our brother Roy Moore who is running for US Senate Alabama. Attacking Judge Moore's morality is a dirty leftist trick...Judge Moore is hated by Leftists and establishment Republicans because he is an outspoken character driven Christian conservative; a faithful courageous defender of our Constitution, principles and values which have made America great."

A character driven Christian conservative who is fine with raping children; a "defender of our Constitution" who was twice kicked off of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to follow that Constitution.  It's a dirty leftist trick to point that out: the dirtiest leftist trick of all; telling the truth.

Reverend Austin Miles, Renew America:  "Dems responsible for Texas church murders...communists and the Democratic Party are one and the same. We have Communists in virtually every area of the government of The United States. It strains credulity as to how they were able to get into those positions. Simple – now that you've wondered – they had inside help....from our own countrymen.  

It was known from the beginning that Communists saw Christians and the church as a foe they had to abolish since a Christian's mind cannot be enslaved. So in the beginning, Lennon and Stalin began closing churches to get them out of sight proclaiming that Christianity is the opium of the masses and this sabotages their usefulness to the Party."

Lennon and Stalin. 


I think that is all I have to say about the Reverend Austin Miles today.

Cliff Kincaid, Renew America:  "Who wrote the Roy Moore dossier?  The so-called Trump Dossier, financed by the Hillary campaign and provided by the KGB through a former British intelligence agent, has fizzled out. It has been supplanted by the Moore Dossier, concocted by Washington Post reporters working for their billionaire owner, P.T Barnum-like Jeff Bezos. This variation of the ploy, with a new target, seems to have legs. Many Republicans and conservatives are falling for it.

But is there really any reason to believe the Moore Dossier has any more validity than the Trump Dossier?"

Well, leaving aside the fact that the "Trump Dossier" has so far proven to be true at every point that it could be tested, the reason I brought this up is to point out a common tactic of right wing smear merchants- to use Pavlovian techniques to cause certain words alone, shorn of any meaning, to stimulate rage in their followers: e-mails, Benghazi, swift boat, all re-purposed to drive wingnuts into a state of sputtering fury, even when they cannot speak two coherent sentences about what crimes these words are supposed to denote.  And now the use of this term, "dossier," to suggest that any reporting on the left is a partisan hit job, no matter how carefully researched.  We are up against a mindless vomiting forth of sourceless rage, which knows no truth, no bounds and no decency.  There is absolutely no way to meaningfully combat this by normal methods.  It would serve all of us well to consider what other means might be available to put this monster back in its cave.

Enough's enough.  Believe me, this sort of thing goes on and on; the wingnuts are really on a spasm of lies and smears these days, to try to shut up what is, at this point, the obvious disgusting corruption of everyone in their world.  Too bad we have to pay attention to this, but we do.

Monday, November 13, 2017

An Ignored Warning



I was reading a discussion at Crooks and Liars, and came across a reference to a comment made by William Tecumseh Sherman in 1860, which I had never seen before.  It was so prescient and to the point that I could not help but share some of it with you:


"...where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The Northern people not only greatly outnumber the whites at the South, but they are a mechanical people with manufactures of every kind, while you are only agriculturists--a sparse population covering a large extent of territory, and in all history no nation of mere agriculturists ever made successful war against a nation of mechanics. ...

"The North can make a steam-engine, locomotive or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical and determined people on earth--right at your doors. You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all els eyou are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with.

"At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, and shut out from the markets of Europe by blockade as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. ... if your people would but stop and think, they must see that in the end you will surely fail."


The Civil War is often referred to as the first modern war, and like all wars that have followed, excluding insurgencies, in the end, despite all of the heroism, all of the struggle and dying, the winner is the side with the most stuff.  In both World Wars, for example, the tide turned the minute the surrounded Germans began to run out of oil, steel, rubber and other commodities.  It is striking to see this general, so remembered now for his blitzkrieg-like tactics, actually stating before the conflict even began, that it all came down to supplies to continue the fight.  

Southerners were so blinded, however, by their fury that they engaged in this futile act of violence anyway, killing 600,000 people for nothing, or worse, in order to uselessly try to hang on to an age old abomination, because it was profitable to the rich among them.

You could tell the same story about Germany in World War II; we know that the top German generals all knew the war was unwinnable before it even started, but none of them could find the courage to do the right thing, when it could have been prevented.

The irrational rage of the right- the damage it has caused is almost incalculable.