When the House committee that recently recommended that gay couples be prohibited from adopting gets its recommendation enacted by a Republican Congress, the Republican President signs it, and the Republican majority Supreme Court affirms it,

When thousands die in megastorms and drought-expanded fires triggered by climate change brought about by the United States not signing and thereby not observing the Paris Accords,

When thousands of immigrant families get separated by draconian American law enforcement,

When more unarmed Black men and boys are gunned down by police because the Republican administration fully supports police actions without oversight,

When more families go homeless and don’t eat because Republicans don’t like aid to poor people, even if they’re working,

When American children get a worse education because this administration does not support public education and reduces government support for it,

When our air and water get dirtier and less safe because this administration does not support environmentalism and reduces government support for it,

When America’s economy does worse because of the talented immigrants we now keep out of our country,

When American elections become a sham because one political party has a vested interest in not preserving their integrity and has lost enough integrity itself to act on that vested interest,

When businesses get an increased ability to discriminate based on the religious beliefs of their owners,

When gun control continues to remain a joke in spite of the mass killings of children and when it becomes a greater joke as anyone can produce and own a gun if they have access to 3D printing,

When religion gains more influence on American law because Republicans aren’t big on separation of Church and State,

When America loses jobs often based on American technology because one party inexplicably does not support the portion of the energy industry where the growth is: renewables,

When America loses jobs because of a lack of consumer demand brought about by increased polarization of wealth by a party that gives increased tax breaks to the wealthy while opposing decent minimum wages and various kinds of debt relief to average consumers,

When public functions become more expensive as Republicans privatize them, thereby adding the previously nonexistent expense of corporate profits to these functions (and allowing fiduciary responsibility to overrule public service as the primary driving force - by law), 

You can tell us all that there is no difference between the political parties because, after all, there are so many similarities 

which there are, but

This is like saying that because humans and chimpanzees share 96% of DNA, we might as well be considered the same because there are so many similarities. 

I’ll be sure and pick bugs out of your fur next time I run into you. 

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on July 28, 2018 at 7:45am

yep

Comment by Rosigami on July 28, 2018 at 8:21am

Looking forward to the November midterm elections. As we always do, we voted in the primaries (Washington holds elections by mail) for the straight Democratic ticket, or for the best Independent candidate. We will not support the Republican party on any level.
It used to be that in local elections at least, the appropriate choice would be to "vote your interests". It has become more than obvious that this plan will not serve in the long run. For me, it has become more about voting against a tide of wrong.

I read recently that the current president plans to spend lots of time stumping for Republican candidates across the country. And that many of these beleaguered candidates would rather he didn't. I hope that, obtusely, he does it anyway.

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 28, 2018 at 12:16pm

November better rain, we all better hope so and turn out ... the next step for assholes like "High IQ" Gohmert and "Grab em" Jim Jordan and Steve "Cantelopes" King is forcing gays and Jews to wear Yellow Ribbons again, that is their idea of nostalgia. Think the Confederate President wouldn't sign the order? Oh, never mind what they have in mind for Blacks and Mexicans, that's already happening now ... 

Comment by koshersalaami on July 28, 2018 at 2:06pm

Like humans and chimps share DNA. 

Comment by moki ikom on July 28, 2018 at 2:07pm

Regarding domestic policy, comparing the duopoly's parties on a projectile calibre scale as applied to guns when it comes to the maintenance and promotion of our corporatist, read that fascUSt$, elitism, Democrats compared to Republicans is not a BB compared to a .22, it's more like on the scale of a birdshot-16-guage shotgun compared to a triple-aught buckshot 12-guage shotgun.  Regarding the promotion and maintenance of Zionism, specifically of IsrealHell in Palestine,  the two parties are for all practical purposes of equal calibre, suicidally nuclear.  Regarding the maintenance and promotion of Russophobia and the OTANization of Eurasia, Democrats are committed to the suicidally nuclear end of the scale as Republicans are to experimenting to an increasing  degree with being happy to be enlarging fascUSt$' tent for extended sleepovers welcoming all the world's oligarchs, irrespective race, nationality, ecocidal predilections, genocidal mischief or source of wealth. 

Comment by koshersalaami on July 28, 2018 at 2:45pm

Above comments seem to have reversed order. I gather I answered, then Moki corrected and reposted.

Comment by Ron Powell on July 28, 2018 at 3:40pm

It has dawned on me that those who would argue that there is no substantive difference between the Democratic and Republican Parties are, in reality, saying that it makes NO material DIFFERENCE to them which party is in control of Congress or the White House.

They are sufficiently isolated and insulated enough so that none of the things you mention matters or has any meaning, value, or substance to them...

Simply put, they believe that their lives are totally unaffected by what goes on in, and what comes out of, Washington, DC...

These are the people who won't get up and vote until 'their' candidate and 'their' point of view are at the forefront of the American political process....Until then, they argue, it doesn't matter who's in control , because "there's no difference".

Indifference and apathy can be justified in a variety of ways. Arguing/saying that "there's no difference" is the convenience. and indulgence of indifference and apathy that only those who enjoy a certain kind of privilege can afford.

The rest of us must live with the consequences of the "differences" that those who are so 'privileged' that the differences, and the consequences of them, are altogether nonexistent, and don't matter in their privileged perceptions of the overall scheme of things...

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 28, 2018 at 4:07pm

Total Nihilism, total superiority complexes, total conceit, total isol/insulation.

This Zionist crap is starting to make me sick. Bill Clinton, my old boss and not my favorite guy, do to his letting us ALL DOWN and fucking ruining everything, anyway, he knew every single area of Palestine/Israel and who lived there by heart. By contrast, can you even call it comparison? Our new Confederate President literally doesn't even know the location he's moving the embassy to, despite the enormous potential repercussions, and, frankly, his obvious disdain for Muslims. Yeah, two parties; identical twins ... some of the most stubborn and myopic blog here, and their brethren foul the Web at large. At least with the Klan and the Nazis you know what you're getting up front, no "Et Tu Brutus ..."

Comment by koshersalaami on July 28, 2018 at 6:34pm

Ron,
I think some of it’s that and some of it is something else. How many times has it struck you how Republicans seem to vote against their interests? If they’re passionate enough about some issue, regardless of whether their take on it is realistic, they’ll ignore their interests. I think there’s an element of that here. 

Maui,
Which Zionist crap do you have in mind? Siding with Netanyahu? He is trying really hard to drive the American Jewish community into BDS. At this point, American Jews trying to worship at the egalitarian section of the Wall are sometimes getting beaten up by Chasidic mobs while the cops look on and do nothing. And worse: threatening the Americans with deportation. Netanyahu is allowing a community to violently break the law. 

By the way, the embassy is an overblown bullshit issue. Part of the embassy will be in the part of Jerusalem that has been under Jewish control since independence in 1948, the other part will be in part of what was no man’s land between the Jewish and Arab sections from 1948 until 1967. None of it is in an area controlled by Arabs since independence. That doesn’t mean Trump hasn’t been ridiculously clumsy about his manner and timing. He’d have been better off doing it as soon as he was inaugurated. And you’re completely right: Clinton knew the issues inside and out and Trump knows none of it. 

Comment by Maui Surfer on July 28, 2018 at 6:55pm

Kosh, as usual thanks for your additions, however, I was not talking about Zionist Crap as a noun. I was talking about the way certain bloggers here throw the term around, it makes me sick, just like when I found out Clinton, despite his vast knowledge, was a phony in too many other ways. However, a trip to Kosovo will quickly show you what we did and who remembers it, I seriously doubt, unless Confederate Statues are suddenly en vogue again (horrors at the thought) that we will ever see one of Trump, unless he himself commissions it, even then, like his "Hollywood Star", it will require 24 protection to keep from being destroyed by an admirer. 

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