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In a tense game of chicken, remarkable for its mix of petulance and audacity, congressional Republicans are threatening to halt U.S. aid to Ukraine—guaranteeing a Russian breakthrough and possible victory in that war—unless Democrats help pass a bill that all but locks down America’s Southern border.

If the impasse isn’t resolved by the end of next week, when Congress goes on recess until the new year, the Ukrainian army could run out of ammunition. President Joe Biden could resupply the arsenal from U.S. stockpiles without legislative approval, but the move would be temporary, and the signal sent—that Ukraine, and by implication other allies, can no longer count on U.S. support in a pinch—could be a holiday cork-popper for Russian President Vladimir Putin and all of our other adversaries.

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[-] Burn_The_Right@lemmy.world 131 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Throughout history, conservatives have always supported genocide. Harming the vulnerable brings genuine joy to conservatives. You can see this in their movies, comedy and news media. They thrive on the misery of others.

Be careful in your dealings with conservatives. They do not value the lives of others the way a normal person does.

[-] hh93@lemm.ee 17 points 2 months ago

The most basic difference between "left" and "right" on the political spectrum is that left-leaning people believe every human is worth the same and should get the same chances while right wing people believe humans are fundamentally different and the ones on the top deserve their place as much as the ones on the bottom.

That's also why so many libertarians (or just recently proclaimed anarcho capitalists) are actually right-wing since they believe in unequal distribution of chances and quality of life based on capitalist principles and it's also why moderates that claim to be neither right nor left usually lean more right

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[-] Transcendant@lemmy.world 97 points 2 months ago

Republicans are scumbags. If you're a republican reading this, ask yourself what it is about your brain that makes you support true evil.

Do you feel small inside? Like you didn't get what you wanted from life, so now others should suffer?

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 57 points 2 months ago

The answer is that conservative thinking is driven by fear. It's not that liberals don't fear things, it's that liberal thinking isn't driven primarily by fear.

[-] dvoraqs@lemmy.world 8 points 2 months ago

This is a stupid question, but what is connection of fear-based thinking and not surprising Ukraine or supporting Putin?

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 15 points 2 months ago

The Republican base is taught to fear. Fear liberals, fear diversity, fear whatever they're told to fear. A generation ago they were told to fear Russia, so we opposed Russians with all our strength. They're told the only salve for their fear is a strong leader.

Now, today, Putin presents himself as a strong leader and suddenly Russia is no longer to be feared but admired. So what that he wants to rebuild the Soviet Union by invading the nations around him? Trump says he's a good guy, so obviously when he says he's invading Ukraine for their own good he must be telling the truth.

They follow anyone who presents themselves as strong and confident because that allays their fears somewhat. And since their current leaders like Russia and don't like Ukraine, that's what they're supporting.

[-] psycho_driver@lemmy.world 13 points 2 months ago

The fear is that a trans! woman might sneak up behind you at the urinal and sodomize you!

[-] Semi-Hemi-Demigod@kbin.social 12 points 2 months ago

So Republican fears are just their deepest fantasies?

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[-] spider@lemmy.nz 73 points 2 months ago

Yeah, we have to closely watch the dollars spent on this war, from the very same party that had no problem funding the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and letting them go on indefinitely...and the very same party that used to be so staunchly anti-Russia.

[-] TurtleJoe@lemmy.world 37 points 2 months ago

Russian State TV ran celebratory pieces when the House elected Johnson as speaker. He's been in their pocket for a while.

[-] Semi-Hemi-Demigod@kbin.social 22 points 2 months ago

Remember when a bunch of Republican senators had a secret meeting with Putin on the Fourth of July?

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[-] tsonfeir@lemm.ee 48 points 2 months ago

Is it really a gift if you paid for it?

[-] NegativeLookBehind@kbin.social 13 points 2 months ago

It's like when your mom used to give you money to buy her a gift for Christmas. Except this time you'd be a treasonous rat-faced fucking traitor and your mom would be a Russian asshole.

[-] tsonfeir@lemm.ee 7 points 2 months ago

Every conservative is already a traitor to humanity, so this is kind of on brand. 😇

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[-] psycho_driver@lemmy.world 47 points 2 months ago

I'm surprised stopping immigration is so high on the Republicants handlers lists right now, considering there's not enough people willing to work menial jobs as-is and that doesn't seem to be changing.

[-] pastaq@lemmy.world 30 points 2 months ago

They found a loophole. They don't need adults to do those jobs anymore. Unaccompanied minors aren't turned away at the border and multiple states are removing child labor laws. Now we have unaccompanied immigrant children working fun time making cars in Ford and GM factories, Cheerios, and all sorts of other things for pennies, all here in the US.

[-] MagicShel@programming.dev 19 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

They aren't working for Ford or GM. What the fuck with this? Even if the companies wanted to, the unions wouldn't stand for it. I'm going to need a reputable source for this.

Edit: Or downvotes. That's a perfectly reasonable way to respond to doubt and incredulity.

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[-] makyo@lemmy.world 22 points 2 months ago

The free market / capitalist part of the GOP is dead and gone. They don't care about labor, the budget, spending, anything - they just care about getting power and keeping power. They also don't really intend to do anything they claim to care about, it's all just about fluffing up the base.

[-] Maggoty@lemmy.world 14 points 2 months ago

The faction of Republicans that now firmly control the House have ties to Russia. Don't forget all the stuff we've learned in the last 7 years. This isn't good faith.

[-] Rapidcreek@reddthat.com 46 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

Biden has pulled off other victories in the past that we all thought were dead.

Let's hope he can do it again.

[-] Haywire@lemm.ee 46 points 2 months ago

A victory that will solidify China and Russia and embolden them against Taiwan, moving us straight into WW3. A little deterrence could go a long way right now.

[-] Semi-Hemi-Demigod@kbin.social 38 points 2 months ago

From Arsenal of Democracy to Arse of Democracy in 70 years

[-] cabron_offsets@lemmy.world 36 points 2 months ago

Fuck the republican traitor filth. We must hold the traitors to account!

[-] Captainvaqina@sh.itjust.works 21 points 2 months ago

Seriously. They are insanely fucking compromised. Anti-american trash who don't deserve to live here anymore.

[-] theotherone@kbin.social 8 points 2 months ago

Careful. That’s how they want you to think about others. Ruthless means literally without compassion. Now granted, you may need to dig deep in some cases.

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[-] reverendsteveii@lemm.ee 25 points 2 months ago

If the impasse isn’t resolved by the end of next week, when Congress goes on recess until the new year

You ever notice how many of these critical bills come up and the news is like "they have 25 minutes to negotiate before Congress goes on one of its biannual 5 month vacations"? Like, I know the theory is that they're supposed to spend that time in their districts dealing with their constituents but by show of hands does anyone feel like their congressperson actually gives any sort of a wet shit about them or their district?

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[-] SoleInvictus@lemmy.world 22 points 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago)

This is what happens when you get locked into having only two major viable political parties. This shit is going to continue unless the American political system is reformed to allow multiple viable parties, for example with ranked-choice or approval voting.

~~Both parties~~ Apparently just fucking Republicans will fight against this tooth and nail.

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