Kaine and Able

The arguments put forth by Trump and his core supporters who include survivalists,neo-nazis ,new aryans and the likes of Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter on the distaff side,are not benign.The core argument is identified by David Perry(disability journalist and Professor of History at Dominican University writing for the 10/17/2016 L.A. Times),as ABLEISM.It is a philosophy emphasizing fitness,mental following upon physical,derides incapacity and is closely tied to the California based eugenics of the 1920s and to the.Nazi myth of aryan superiority.(Discussed previously on this blog)It is an accompanying theme through the history of genocide,race purification and human trafficking including female subordination and abuse.This is the leitmotif of Trumpism.
On the Democratic side of things political we have Hillary and her championing of the underdog and children(particularly disabled children) as a persistent theme despite the obligatory opportunism which characterizes the politician.Above all we have Tim Kaine the catholic ex-missionary whose concern for all people and particularly for “children of a lesser God”.is abundantly clear.
Trump in power will begin an American 3rd Reich the plans for which are in place.As some on this blog are fond of saying…the logical dispassionate choice…must be made.This time it’s Kaine over Able morally justifiable as well !

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  1. Daedal2207 describes “ABLEISM as being a philosophy that “emphasizing fitness, mental following upon physical, derides incapacity and is closely tied to the California based eugenics of the 1920s and to the Nazi myth of aryan superiority.” He then states that “This is the leitmotif of Trumpism.”

    We have here an issue that helps explain a fundamental attitudinal difference between the Left and the Right. The Left displays super sensitivities about offending those with handicaps and those who do less well. How would a person (or a group such as conservatives) advocate for the advantages of “merit” (and free markets) without simultaneously acknowledging or implying the very real (empirically measurable) disadvantages of low ability or failure? And after doing so, how could they avoid being LABELED as devotees of “ableism” or “evil” (even Hitler like) by those who (like members of a self-righteous religion) are unable to see any way other than their own way as exemplifying the essence of moral goodness?

    The fact is that Conservatism’s desire for individual freedom and less government if carried to an extreme leans toward anarchy – just the opposite of Hitler’s Germany. It is having too much reliance on a central government that leans to totalitarian excesses of all sorts including fascism. For Trump to become as extreme as Daedal2207 depicts would require him to abdicate many of the stances he has advocated, fight all the Republicans, and most of the Democrats too. Daedal2207’s fear scenario is incredibly improbable.

    Let me try to summarize: If we WORSHIP the poor and downtrodden we run the danger of neglecting (extreme – demonize) the contributive values of ability. If we WORSHIP those of ability we run the dangers of neglecting (extreme – demonize) the contributive potential of those with less ability. The cure to the ills of “worship” is to get real, literally. (That is – use well the objective tools of the scientific method.)

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