Friday, September 5, 2014

The Political Epidemic - The Wrong Wing

I wish to address something that I am really feeling tonight, a certain soul sickness that comes from being ignored and watching other people live in a state of oblivion or willful ignorance. I live in the state of Arizona (hence my psuedonym) where many people are SO SICK OF not sick from, our news service whose name wreaks of the idiocy one might call dog whistle political language. One of the main reasons other states consider us insane in Arizona, is because of the way our newspaper tries to "Frame The Issues" that are vital to this country. The name is "The Arizona Republic". They also own several other news sources including on the web, such as .
This news paper (advocacy journalism under the guise of editorial, instead of actual news), for God's sake, endorses John McCain every midterm, over and over, despite the fact that he has been wrong repeatedly.
They might as well go back to the original name, which was, The Arizona Republican. That was Mr. Pulliam. Let me give you a little history for those of you who are not old natives like myself, and/or haven't followed the paper's political history.
From their own website, "...Debuting May 19, 1890, as The Arizona Republican, the newspaper was created as a sounding board to challenge the biased political beliefs of the established Arizona newspapers.  (They have always been extreme Right Wing Advocacy News, not reporting what we say, but telling us what to think.) Because of political challenges, Governor Lewis Wolfley and his attorney general, Clark Churchill, supported the creation of a newspaper providing a balance of political viewpoints and ideals. (NO they didn't! Wolfley spent so much time infighting for Republican extremism, it led to his resignation. Read the Wikipedia profile on him, from the link above.)
The Republican brought news of a busy, changing world to the Arizona Territory and covered the founding of Phoenix as the third and permanent capital of the Arizona Territory in 1889. From infancy to adulthood, Phoenix and The Republic matured together to establish a standard for community, commercial and political support and involvement.
From the beginning, the focus of the newspaper was to make the Arizona Territory a better place to live. (For rich people and corporations.) The fight for statehood, achieved in 1912, was one of the newspaper's greatest victories.
Since 1915, the newspaper has been the largest-circulation newspaper in Arizona. 
(The name change:) The Arizona Republican ceased to exist when it was renamed The Arizona Republic on Nov. 11, 1930. Six days later, its owners bought the Phoenix Evening Gazette (later named The Phoenix Gazette) and the Arizona Weekly Gazette (now the Arizona Business Gazette).
(Then the real Republican strong arming begins.)
Pulliam buys the newspapers
On Oct. 25, 1946, Eugene C. Pulliam, one of the last of the self-made newspaper publishers, bought The Arizona Republic, The Phoenix Gazette and the Arizona Weekly Gazette for $4 million. Pulliam then organized the three newspapers into Phoenix Newspapers, Inc., a subsidiary of Central Newspapers, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind.
(I met some of the old Linotype operators who were coming to me to learn lithographic printing press operation in the eighties. They said Pulliam would meet face to face with his employees 2 times a year. He would walk up and shake their hands, slipping them a crisp new 50 dollar bill as their Christmas Bonus. The other time was election day, when he would shake their hand as they went out the door to walk to the polls downtown and told each one of them to vote Republican.) 
During the 1960s, The Republic continued its focus on improving Arizona when the newspaper fought for clean air. In the 1970s, the newspaper exposed fraud in the sale of desert land by people connected to organized crime.
Recently, the Republic, once again, endorse John McCain for Senate.  This is a senator who has been consistently wrong on every issue since I can remember, and when he is proved wrong, he changes sides, and instead of apologizing for being wrong, he goes right ahead as if the wrong position was always what he was against and keeps stating the right position as if that was what he said all along. 
Years ago, during the days of the late Reverend James Falwell, I started calling his flock that called themselves the "Religious Right" what they truly are, "the religious wrong".
Today I wish to ask you all to continue the trend that is sweeping (exaggeration there) Facebook (maybe slowly), and instead of calling those on the right "The Right Wing", I suggest we continue with the new term that will degrade and perhaps make them quit using apples and oranges terms to describe fearfulness, hate, and bigotry, and call them what they truly have become, "The Wrong Wing".
Thank You, and...
Have a wonderful day, night, or anytime,
Arizona Mildman

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

"The Truly Entitled"

I just saw a meme on Facebook which I immediately wish to give the author and poster, credit for, this wasn't my idea but I want to explain in my own words, for anyone who doesn't understand, just what it means to me. Here is the Header and Meme:

First, for those who aren't aware completely what the term fascism really means, then, I would defer to the writing "The Fourteen Defining Characteristics of Fascism" by Dr. Lawrence Britt, and please read the first  three closely, as it refers to the Meme's intent posted above. They are,
"...1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism - Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.
2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights - Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause - The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial , ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc."
which all are rampant in Republican campaign speak, read it yourself, all the time they spend trying to say (Number 3) that the president or anyone else they oppose isn't "the right kind" of person, eligible through birth, etc. (While backing Ted Cruz who isn't eligible to be president through the Natural Born Citizens Act.), like them, to represent them because they want to get reelected, so they champion themselves as the defenders of the constitution while tramping all over it, trying to deny half the population the right to vote. The polite term is disenfranchised, but the correct term is "screwed over by corrupt legislators".
AND, does anyone remember the stink they raised the first time Barack Obama stepped onto the national stage and wasn't wearing an American Flag Lapel Pin? (See number one.)
That is truly what the "entitlement" programs are and they are for the ones who consider themselves "aristocracy" and entitled, while calling anyone with an education that doesn't buy their bullshit, "the elite".
As I said to someone who asked recently, they are SELF DELUSIONAL. They delude themselves into believing that they are truly more than human (They believe this because they are told that they are "the right kind of" religion, skin color, national origin, sexual orientation, etc. by leaders of the "aristocracy societies".)  instead of what they say, which is that others are less than human. And, as we all know by now, what delusional means... de·lu·sion·al [dih-loo-zhuh-nl] adjective maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness (Which means the present form of "conservatism" is a form of mental illness and there is no treatment for that illness that doesn't require that they, the sick ones, be confronted on their sickness instead of allowed to continue being crazy by using the rationalization that "They are entitled to their opinion" because hate and loathing are emotional responses, not opinions. Just like the diseases of alcoholism and addiction, being able to function and becoming successful in their own community, doesn't keep one from being ill. The disease knows no boundaries.) Then they repeat completely ignorant ideas and smile and act like they expect everyone to smile and nod agreement while most of us are shaking our heads and wondering what the hell they are thinking.
The supposed conservative news stations and conservative editorialists are nothing more than news trolls who spread hate and loathing and unrest in the United States for their own profit's sake. Remember, the next time you hear your crazy neighbor or relative spouting this stupidity, let them know in no uncertain terms, "That isn't opinion, that is hate and loathing."
Thank You,
Have a wonderful day,
The Arizona Mildman

Friday, August 15, 2014

Superstition and Ignorance

Today I am asking something new of everyone who reads this. Please educate yourself in what is going on in the world and decide what effects you. Please, from a standpoint of being knowledgeable, make informed decisions based on your own research. And the second part of this is, DO NOT let other people who believe in superstition and fear let their thinking have even the slightest bit of respect being shown by you because when you do, you are condoning ignorance and superstition and right now we can't let ourselves allow that. We must insist on education of everything in science and nature to be a matter of public record and not allow anything to distract from that. 
In the spectrum of everyone else's lives, we must deal with all societies and the evolution of knowledge. A society, as defined in the dictionary, is: "... an organized group of persons associated together for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes."  That is where psychologists and sociologists differ. Only one of them takes into account that a society is not the giant microcosm of people on the planet but is a small organized group. So, we live in a mixture of many societies that all supposedly have to live, as it also says in another part of the dictionary, as "...a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members" (as in American society.).
I refer once again to the quote from Isaac Asimov, the science fiction writer and philosopher (See what Ayn Rand started?) that goes: "“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
What Asimov didn't define was what types of ignorance that he was talking about. I contend that in our lives, we have to be the ones to live this life to the best of our abilities and that would include the parts about "community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for it's members." 
In order to do that successfully we must become a national entity and that is intolerable about ignorance being touted as something worthwhile or to respect. We must wipe the ignorant while dangerous quote from our vocabulary that says,  "You have a right to your opinion." Ignorant opinions can kill. But some people imply that opinion and knowledge are the same thing. That myth must be debunked. That is incorrect because if your opinion is based on ignorance or superstitions (no matter if the superstitions are supported by numbers of people) instead of knowledge, then it is worthless. That implies that any society contains members who unanimously agree on everything and that is incorrect, as well. So, how do we define the proper way to look at things? What is the bottom line?
Ignorance and superstitions, of any kind, are not worthy of being respected as opinions for that exact reason.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

There Isn't An Immigration Debate

OK, there really isn't a real debate over illegal aliens because the only people who actually make the law who talk about it are LYING. As long as this state is run by the GOP it will NOT EVER CHANGE and even though the Latino population is in the majority here, they are either afraid or too lazy to vote. They aren't the only ones too lazy to vote. In 2010, when President Obama was first looking that the second year his first term, voted in by YOUNG PEOPLE who didn't understand how laws are made. Those same young people didn't get off their asses and vote during the midterms because they didn't realize that voting for a progressive president only works when you vote for progressive legislators AS WELL. 
First, I love being the one to say this time, Arizona is NOT the craziest state in the United States. They are crazy but that is because the voters here sit on their asses. Some of the laws and the subsequent LAW MAKERS who legislated that nonsense ARE or WERE CRAZY. Why? Because Arizonans voted a bunch of morons into office because of their campaign promises on issues which we now know are non-issues? Only partially, the main reason is that the people who don't want crazy running the state, didn't bother to go vote. That begs the question, where is the real debate on "Immigration"? Which also begs to be answered, "Only in an election year and it is only another non-issue that politicians can't do anything about without being an IDIOT." 
Another thing is, this question: "When did breaking the law become acceptable?" Activists have done that for ages, but only when the law was so unfair that they knew they would get a group of fans who wouldn't let them stay in jail. For instance, the Civil Rights movement and the Freedom Marchers who went to jail, had dogs and firehouses turned on them, some of them were hanged, but they knew they were right and finally the country caved. They broke NO LAWS or even presented a violent defense against these atrocities, knowing that someday, their ancestors wouldn't have to live in the anti-humane manner most of them had been treated like. 
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862used to go to jail every year because the state of Massachusetts wouldn't abolish slavery. He was the first American active tax strike activist towards his own government. He was also the local school teacher. Every year the townspeople would pay his taxes, he would be released from jail, and he would yell at them for paying the taxes, asking them in earnest, "Don't you realize that I am trying to make a statement?"  
He wrote that he found it humorous that he was being fed, clothed, and housed in a stone cubicle, all paid for by other people's taxes, for not being responsible enough to pay HIS taxes. He was protesting against something that was unfair and was willing to suffer for it. Eventually the majority agreed and slavery was abolished but that was a long while and a civil war afterwards. 
The solution? When you see something that is unfair, change the law. How do you do that? Write to your politicians and tell them to change it. If they don't change it, elect new politicians when their term is over OR just recall them. BUT, if you are smart, you will make sure you are asking for something that is doable and not just some whiny one issue problem that you have championed and that isn't a matter of it being a political hoax that some politicians toss around at election time, like "family values" and "right to life", that those same politicians never really do anything about but use to get elected every end of their term. 
I would also hasten to mention that in ANY country in the world, if you show up a refugee, then, they have laws and departments to deal with you when you are fleeing oppression or torture. But, if you try to illegally enter without permission and a visa, you are thrown in jail, if you live through the arrest by the border patrol. I mention that last part because if you drive past the border towns in Mexico, which most people don't, they will see that there is a checkpoint guarded by the Federales. IF you don't have a visa, they will tell you to turn around. If you resist they just kill you. Yes, shoot you to death. BUT, when they escape into our country illegally, some have started saying because some poet named Emma Lazarus wrote a poem entitled the "Other Colossus" about the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island that was auctioned off merely to pay for the stand the plaque, sanctioned by the "Arts Commission" of New York could be placed on the statue. In other words, it wasn't even legally put there by anyone but the Art Commission and has NOTHING TO DO WITH United Stated immigration laws, SO STOP BRINGING IT UP AS AN EXCUSE TO BREAK THE LAW. This law, I might add is something that we have developed whole departments to enforce (ICE, Homeland Security, Customs and Immigration, etc.). 
NOW, when Joe Arpaio enforces our immigration laws, he isn't being an asshole, he is being a sheriff. He is enforcing the laws of Arizona that Arizona citizens seem to approve of because they voted for the people who wrote them. IF THEY DON'T LIKE THE LAW, THEY NEED TO HAVE IT CHANGED, YOU DON'T JUST BITCH AT THE GUY THAT YOU HIRED, WHOSE JOB IT IS TO ENFORCE THE LAW. 
AND WHEN IT COMES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS, They are NOT immigrants. Immigrants MIGRATE into other countries through the use of immigration laws and application for citizenship. And the media magic rationalizing term some use (made up by lawyers for the press), UNDOCUMENTED, is nonsense. They didn't lose their paperwork. They were born in undesirable conditions and thought they would be better off illegally crossing into the United States. Most of them, despite the rhetoric of most politicians and slave labor traffickers, don't want to become American citizens, they just want to work or steal here and then send the money home, tax free. For those of you who want to argue that YOU BELIEVE they are paying income taxes, I have two things to say, beyond just the fact that you are GULLIBLE.
A) I have talked to many of them and they are the ones who don't care about laws. They were raised in a land where whatever you want to do ILLEGAL is okay as long as you pay the police before you break the law. So they expect to act the same way here. THEY KNEW THEY WERE COMMITTING AN INTERNATIONAL FELONY WHEN THEY CAME HERE AND DECIDED TO BE A FELON. To those of you want that here, let them live in your house, in your neighborhood, etc. for two weeks and I guarantee most of you will change your minds.
B) Any of them could have applied for immigration status and become citizens legally. Ronald Reagan even provided a gateway for amnesty for hundreds of thousands (who would have been able to help bring more in) and they REFUSED to go the legal route. And the other myths about them wanting to be a citizen: They don't take jobs no one else wants. I have worked in those jobs myself for years (everything from picking fruit to construction in the Arizona) and they take those jobs because they can and they don't get charged income taxes. To do that one has to have a Social Security Number and they can't get one of those without committing Identity Theft, another felony. 
So, if you want open borders with every low life, drug trafficker, human trafficker, and terrorist walking straight into the U.S. to do more damage on us than we already have, change the law. But I don't think the majority of Americans, given the real circumstances that are laid out by reality and history, are going to go along with it. You aren't the champion of civil and human rights violations, you are the rationalizing agents of Felons. Congratulations, you finally got suckered by someone smarter than you, and they are the illegal trafficking business outlying community. They are the lawyers, the traffickers, and the people (including contractors) who illegally hire these people for shit wages, basically conducting a slave trade. They play both sides of the law so they don't get arrested. They get the most liberal minded part of our society to look the other way on their illegal slave trade and trafficking for that trade, while whining that they are being put upon for providing refuge for these poor "immigrants". They pocket the money, praying every second that you never listen and change the law, because if you did, several things would happen. All the worst elements would come through the border and the people who they are now able to control would legally have to right to work for a decent wage with benefits. Some of the worst elements of our society would move next door to them and they REALLY after all those years of dealing with "those people" don't want that. And the main reason they don't want that, IS ... that it would cut them out of the picture altogether.
And YOU aren't being liberal when you ask for amnesty and open borders, you are being a dupe and making real liberals look stupid.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today on Facebook

Today a Facebook friend (someone I follow) posted something that I found interesting;


"...Driving near my home in 108 degree heat with my 16 yr old son, traffic abruptly stopped. In my Avalanche I was able to see over the next car and in the intersection 6-7 cars ahead where a homeless man had fallen and was struggling to get up. He repeatedly fell onto the molten asphalt trying to crawl to the median. People were cursing and blowing their horns as they swerved around him. I passed traffic and then blocked the center lane and exited my truck to help him. A "Scott Roofing" truck did the same from the other direction. We helped him to a shade spot by the Circle K sign and called 911. We were both ridiculed and shamed for our actions. Our society has become perverse in it 's self-centered detachment. He was drunk, dirty terrified and had shit himself. HE WAS A HUMAN BEING AND HE NEEDED HELP. I am grateful, but in tears that my son had to witness such coldheartedness. What the "FUCK" are we becoming?


In a country where we fund the killing of thousands for (in my opinion) sport and for a few, profit - in order to dictate policy and religion to people who were obviously getting along without us for centuries, but could use one tenth that money to help people like the man you tried to save, I admit it is disgusting. 
(The Flip Side, although I am not rationalizing callousness.) 
I also have, from the prospective of someone in the recovery community, seen thousands of people who refuse help. leaving them at the mercy of the weather, the conditions of the street, and the callousness of people who don't care, because they prefer that to living with any form of discipline and rules, some because of addiction to drugs or alcohol, but there is help if they want it. The mentally ill were released from institutions where they would have been forced to live if Ronald Reagan wasn't trying to save face with fiscal conservatives for all his spending. In order for anything to change, we must educate the public but that seems impossible in an environment where the poor and disabled are said to be the problem, as if they decided one day to be a blight on humanity and how much fun it would be to suffer, to mentally absolve our local wealthy people of their responsibility to give back to the community. 
Ayn Rand, public lunatic that she was, in truth only a fiction writer who became rich acting like she believed her own fictional fantasy, to audiences who paid to hear her tell them how selfishness was a good thing, would be rejoicing in this time of the ANTI altruistic and PRO greediness era of the actual elite in our society, and to see the all consuming self gratification and greed that has stricken our society. 
My suggestion is, don't be disgusted with others, continue to be an example of good will toward man. 
We can ALL use the lesson. And in case no one else on earth said it, "Thank You."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Difference Between Denial and Delusion (and being the solution)

I wanted to post this because so many people don't seem to understand this. A few decades ago, the therapy world tried to start using "appropriate sounding language" for inappropriate actions, as if that makes it okay. My point is that - saying that instead of "blaming someone" that I now "hold them accountable for" the same actions, doesn't change what you are actually doing. Why? Let's look up the word blame:
"...blame  [bleym] verb (used with object), blamed, blam·ing.
1. to hold responsible; find fault with; "
In other words, it doesn't matter what language you use, your actions are (speaking louder than words) what people judge your behavior by.
So, back to the point of this post. Today I once again see people acting surprised that "conservatives" are acting 1) selfishly, 2) self centeredly, 3) angrily towards others for no reason, and 4) irrationally. It seems to escape people that selfishness is like a mental condition that grips some people so completely that they are caught in the grips of a complete state of what is easy to describe, DELUSION. Are you with me so far?
You can hear people like that when they are lying to you and themselves, when you confront them, start laughing and then straighten up to give you their best defense line, "Well, you know...", to which we all should be shouting back at the top of our lungs, "NO, I DON'T KNOW THAT AND YOU DON'T EITHER, YOU ARE JUST A SELFISH ASSHOLE!" But, being the type of people who are basing things on rational fair play and not wanting to lower ourselves to their level, we don't confront them. I will explain the solution to this, later.
Now, the therapy world, several decades ago, came up with something that sounded good to someone who was dealing with addiction and alcoholism, that one has a choice to be free of those because it is just a matter of being "IN DENIAL". The actual "Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous" was written by actual alcoholics and a couple doctors who describe the disease as being a physical allergy coupled with a state of DELUSION.
Here we go, follow along here:
A) BEING IN DENIAL is looking at a problem and saying to yourself that, "Yes, that's a problem, but I don't want to face that. I do now want to, nor need to look at that, and I refuse to look at that."
BEING IN A STATE OF DELUSION is looking at the problem and not seeing it as a problem (For whatever reason.).
In a state of delusion, you can see the problem as something you want and start believing you need more of the problem or perhaps see the problem as YOUR SOLUTION.
Delusion as I have said many times, as described in the dictionary, is:
"de·lu·sion·al [dih-loo-zhuh-nl] adjective 
1. having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions
2. maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness"
So, I contend that someone who is selfish is facing a state of delusion. The problem is that we confuse intelligence or education with being "smarter", so we believe they are lying or just stupid, but they can't be if they have a high IQ and an education, right?
They can still be self deluded or delusional. The fact that some people are allowed to believe that being delusional is okay is OUR FAULT because we let people slide by on the (those inappropriate actions described in appropriate sounding language again) excuses and rationalizations that they make, like the idea that money is free speech (as if money is free) and the oldest bullshit line on the books, "I am entitled to my own opinion".
This is a misnomer. Let me explain why:
The definition of opinion is:
o·pin·ion [uh-pin-yuhn] noun
1. a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty.
2. a personal view, attitude, or appraisal.


Let's look at delusional again, quickly, once more:
" ... maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness"
And now let's look at someone who thinks their opinion is more important than that big "R" word most of us try to adhere to, REALITY:
"... a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty."
Both are an OPINION "a belief or judgement" based on "grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty" because they are usually wrong and based on either fear, greed, or both and have a way of allowing some people to forgive themselves for being an asshole. I believe the original texts that describe "sins" in the religious books were about "character defects" that one can admit are the problem, IF you haven't become completely delusional about it, which some people are. 
So, the next time your neighbor or Uncle Fud, the family conservative, Fox News watching, completely delusional, irrational, antithesis of the word "serene" pokes up his angry head and starts babbling on about something completely delusional, we need to remember NOT TO get angry (I know that is almost impossible) but we must try to do the direct approach and LAUGH right in their face. If you get angry, he will just say you are just like him only have different beliefs, but when you laugh at him, he only has two options. Either he can run away (which will clear your hearing space so you won't have to endure it) or he can go somewhere in shame and look at himself. (IF YOU GET MAD, DELUSIONAL PEOPLE THINK YOU HAVE PROVED THEIR POINT.) If you don't believe me, try yelling at a drunk some time and see how much good that does.

There are people out there who give themselves and other delusional people an excuse to stay in a state of delusion. We need to be the people in the life boats, confronting them without anger. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Moral Majority Vs The Real Majority

Those conservatives who for years, have considered themselves on some form of moral high ground over issues like misogyny, racism, and anti-gay bigotry, who have also tried to hide it, as Sinclair Lewis said, wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross are now being seen through by most of Americans.

The entire Northeast and several other states have struck down bans on gay marriage. Even Rick Santorum tried to backpedal, after saying that his party had 'lost control' of marriage altogether, then added that today it is seen as "...just another romantic relationship between two people", to which most of us wonder, "So, what the hell is it, then?"
And in my opinion, I have a reason to be proud of some in America. They told the world that they were NO LONGER GOING TO EXCUSE RACISM. Not only was the owner of the Clippers fined 2.5 million dollars for making racist remarks, he was banned from the NBA. Then, recently, police commissioner Robert Copeland, who made racist remarks aimed at the president, was forced to resign because public sentiment is not what it used to be. Political leaders and residents of Wolfeboro had called on Copeland to resign. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also spoke out against "the vile epithet." Yes, Mr. Romney and it was vile when they used it in your campaign in the Southern states, also. 
I don't know if I can even see this as a light at the end of the tunnel but recent polls suggest that younger people, in droves, are looking questioningly at everything conservatives had held as "issues" for years and seeing that most of them really meant nothing but were actually dog-whistle political language with racist undertones, that got them votes in the past. 
Some people, the ones with a brain and common sense, are finally, at least starting to, react by not looking the other way and saying with their actions that discrimination isn't okay. That song, "It's been a long time coming, but change gonna' come", seems like it is finally becoming true. It is just a brief glance at what it should be, considering that in 1964, that was FIFTY YEARS AGO, damn it, L.B.J. signed the "American Civil Rights Act" into law. Sam Cooke made that song famous in 1963, do you wonder what he was talking about? As some have said repeatedly, some will have to die before that anti-humanistic sentiment will die along with them. And we all have a choice. Do we want to progress mentally and emotionally without some extra stumbling blocks that anti cultural difference bigotry keeps holding us back? OR, do we want to live in a world where diversity is embraced and everyone else is just another human being? I will pick the latter, thanks.
And to those of you who have joined me in this journey to embrace the new world where someday, hopefully, bigotry will be looked at as a mental defect or some delusional anger issue, Thank You.