Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Friday, December 13, 2019

The New RepubliCAN'T Party:

This picture was taken by reporter Jeremy Pelzer at a Trump rally at the Olentangy Orange High School in Ohio 4 August 2018:
I've contended many times that the Republican Party, primarily its leadership and fringe element, have morphed into the very extremism they routinly condemn Democrats and independents of. Their new extremism has moved them so far to the right that now more than ever they are unrecognizable as the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower, Nixon or Reagan. Four Republicans that couldn't even win a Republican primary in this environment.
(reposted from 2018)
I have removed the previous headline, slogan, rhetorical question, and stated conclusions associated with this photograph because I don't want there to be a distraction from the raw picture or a conclusion drawn from the picture that would be twisted and spun to excuse this.

I do not want anyone to try and excuse it by pointing out that these guys aren't who they represent, that they are plants, that they are being satirical, sarcastic, or paid to wear these shirts. I don't want to hear an excuse that they don't mean what many of us think they mean.
What I want to know is:
Do you think they exercise critical thinking? Did they consider all the ramifications of their chosen statement? Are there any positive possibilities or realizations that can come from their statement.

Is their statement patriotic? Are they being respectful of the troops under fire in Syria from Russian and Russian backed forces? How does their patriotism compare to Colin Kaepernick reverently taking a knee during the National Anthem in silent, constitutionally protected free speech?

Should those who will be associated with them object? Is it a value statement? Or are they just trying to be funny? IS IT funny? Or are they just two bozo's that everyone should ignore?
see also:  

Why Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Goldwater, Reagan and Jesus Christ Couldn't Be Elected In A Republican't Primary:

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