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Memo to Don East, Austin Allran, and Roy Nicholson: YOU ARE DUMB.

We are, at any given moment, surrounded by horrible, horrible people. We try to laugh about it, but sometimes all we can do is point and shout at the really horrible people, and then find a pathetically awful person to laugh at to make us feel better. That, at least, is my tactic for this week's IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

"You just can’t rewrite history. It was a sorry time in this country. I’m so sorry it happened, but throwing money don’t change it, don’t make it go away. It still happened.” - North Carolina state senator and Republican Don East, explaining why his fellow Republicans voted down a plan to pay compensation to the victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program, which ran between 1939 and 1974.

I'm sorry, I believe I missed a memo. Since when did fines, compensation, and other monetary legal judgments exist to "rewrite history", or make the event being compensated for not happen? A check is not a time machine, no. That's a given. The whole point of giving people you've wronged a pile of money is that you can't make it not have happened, so you give them money in the hopes that their future will be better. It's intended to COMPENSATE for the wrong, not erase it. It's right there in the fucking name. Compensation.

But North Carolina Republicans don't want to compensate victims of, I shit you not, the state's EUGENICS BOARD because this is the one and only way Republicans don't believe that money is magical. It can trickle down despite all evidence to the contrary. It can create jobs just by sitting in the bank accounts of billionaires. But it can't right a wrong retroactively. Well, unless that wrong is Mitt Romney's participation at Bain. Apparently, some money can retroactively erase some wrongs. Just not this one.

The whole thing is bizarre and cruel, even by Republican standards, considering that the Republican speaker of the North Carolina House backed the plan. It's almost as if there was something else going on in these people's heads.

"If you could lay the issue to rest, it might be one thing. But I’m not so sure it would lay the issue at rest because if you start compensating people who have been ‘victimized’ by past history, I don’t know where that would end." - State senator Austin Allran.

OH. I get it. A bunch of retrograde white politicians in a Southern state are balking at setting a precedent for paying the victims and relatives of victims of a past wrong perpetrated by the state. This isn't about women who were sterilized after giving birth to rape-babies because... well, I don't even know why that would fall under "eugenics", but it's the South, so I guess it made sense to some shitkicker or another.

It's about reparations. They're trying to head reparations for slavery off at the pass by making this ridiculous argument against compensating victims of the state. And since the reparations thing isn't really being actively considered by anyone in power these days, these pigfucking senators are letting racist paranoia actively harm living victims that the state forcibly sterilized. Over a thousand still-living victims out of over seven thousand total. That's a special kind of shitty.

When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the governed their every act and edict is of itself illegal and is outside the bounds of the Rule of Law. In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion. May all of us fall on our faces before the Heavenly Judge, repent of our sins, and humbly cry out to Him for mercy on our country. And, may godly courageous leaders rise up in His wisdom and power to lead us in displacing the criminal invaders from their seats and restore our constitutional republic." - Mississippi Tea Party chairman Roy Nicholson.

Just in case you were wondering how the Great Wingnut Revolution was coming now that Obamacare has been found constitutional. Anyway, they're still resisting by all means, if "all means" means not actually doing anything, but instead sitting around on the Internet saying how important it is that someone else actually rise up and do something.

It's neither new nor interesting, but it does answer the question of whether they were doing it because people were listening, or just doing it because they're crazy-ass shitheads in tricorner hats and Jazzy scooters who'd are one other guy not showing up away from being a lone nutjob ranting in a public park. Wake me when the revolution starts, assholes. I'd hate to take a short nap and miss it.