CPAC holds conference in Hungary. Autocracy 101 is favorite lecture perhaps?

https://thehill.com/news/ap/ap-international/conference-of-u-s-conservatives-opens-in-orbans-hungary/

“We have to take the institutions back in Washington and Brussels,” Orban said. “We must find allies in one another and coordinate the movements of our troops.”

Orban packed the courts, appointed election officials, and is pushing for some kind pf ethnic purity. Seems that CPAC wants some tips to pull off the same hat trick. EU has accused Hungary of all kinds of human rights violations So what does CPAC expect for our immigrant nation where near half the population is not White European extract?

I guess if a party can’t offer a platform that people want it should learn how to take power without annoying elections. Maybe the next CPAC can be in Saudi Arabia. MBS knows how to deal with journalists who work for our own media, not just the Mecca Daily Bugle.

Murders and Extremism

https://www.adl.org/media/17498/download

The Anti-Defamation League has released this new compilation on deadly political violence over the last ten years. The findings are clear. Deadly political violence is mostly committed on behalf of right-wing ideology. This fact has been noted before, but this careful compilation makes it even more clear – Political violence is a right-wing thing.

For the ten years ending in 2021, there were 443 deaths caused by politically motivated killings. 75% were the acts of “conservatives.” 4% were the acts of “leftists” and “black nationalists.” Almost all the rest was the result of the Islamist who killed 49 people at an Orlando night club in 2016.

The most recent example – the Buffalo massacre – is after the period studied but it illustrates how the inciteful and divisive rhetoric that is common on Fox News and other “conservative” outlets gets turned into deadly action. In this case, the maniac was literally quoting nonsense spread by Tucker Carlson.

This deadly pattern is not going to go away until EVERYBODY – not just Democrats – condemns the lies, distortions and hate speech that fuels it.

WRT

“Conservatives” have been working hard to spread the word about the threat to our nation of Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) the formerly obscure academic theory based on the evidence that there is systematic and often unconscious bias in our society and institutions that works to the detriment of non-white citizens. And while they have been spreading the word about CRT they have been spreading a theory of their own – White Replacement Theory (“WRT”). The theory that there is a monumental conspiracy afoot to replace white people, organize white genocide, and end European civilization as we know it.

You will find WRT being spread by many “conservative” journals and web sites, but there is one leading media figure with a bully pulpit who has made himself a vocal champion of WRT – Tucker Carlson. Here is a catalog and timeline of his promotion of WRT and related nonsense on his program. . .

https://tinyurl.com/5n6j6kab

This is some dangerous bullshit, and we see many of these absurd ideas and outright lies being repeated in forums like this one all over the country. Harmless rhetoric and hyperbole? Uh, No! Here is the latest tragic outrage directly caused by this racist agitprop that people spread without thinking.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/14/us/buffalo-ny-supermarket-multiple-shooting/index.html

Abortion bans and religious freedom…a new wrinkle.

Simply put, if a religion approves (or requires it to save the life or health of the mother) abortion in some or all circumstances, does a state that bans virtually all abortions violate the First Amendment for those adherents? I posted the PEW link because it lists religions by abortion views. There are plenty of sites that debate this issue also. What about atheists and agnostics? Do they have any rights under the First Amendment, or is it just for organized religions?