Leftist Agitator (1000+ posts) Wed Sep-28-11 10:37 AM
Not physically, as despotic regimes have tried to do many times throughout history. That form of control is crude, callous, and ultimately self-defeating. The extermination that I propose is of a different sort.
Republicans and their enablers need to be shunned, both economically and socially. The idea that these people can be a part of our civilized society is frankly, ludicrous, and the sooner that we disabuse ourselves of that ridiculous notion, the better off all of us will be.
I'm talking about a total boycott of Republicans, both economically and socially. Refuse to interact with anyone who you know to be a Rightist in any fashion so far as is feasible. We need to make it clear to all of them that their beliefs and the behavior that grows out of those beliefs is totally, 100% unacceptable. We need to make their lives as unpleasant as possible in order to restore sanity to our national discourse. Don't do business with them, don't acquiesce to their insanity out of some misguided sense of decorum, hell, don't even speak to them insofar as that's possible.
They think that they're the movers and shakers of the world? They want to "go Galt"? Let them prove it, without any assistance from anyone other than their own kind.
Cretins like the Kochs would be far less powerful, even with their vast fortunes, if nobody other than a Republican would even speak to them. Yes, I admit that my proposal is very radical, and that no tangible results would be seen for a long time even in the best of cases, but we have tried everything else, and nothing has worked. We must establish that we will have nothing to do with any of them so long as they continue to attempt to destroy the United States of America.
"But," you might protest, "my uncle (husband, wife, nephew, cousin, etc.) is a Republican! I can't just cut them out of my life!"
That attitude is what enables them to continue to persist in their abhorrent ways. We make it too easy for them to live and believe as they do. Aside from retaining employment, there is no valid reason to interact with a Rightist on any level, and were the economy in better shape, even that would cease to be a justification for having anything whatsoever to do with any of them. If you are willing to tolerate their insanity, willing to go along to get along, willing to continue to allow them to hijack our political process for their own nefarious ends that damage us all, then you are scarcely better than they are.
The Amish have a practice called shunning, in which nobody in the community will interact with the shunned for any reason. This is what I suggest, on a much larger scale, and for a very noble cause; the very survival of this country, which is imperiled every day that we continue to allow them to attempt to destroy us. It is not just the Rightist politicians that are the problem. Indeed, they are only the instruments of the poisonous ideology that permeates the minds of their followers. You can't kill an idea, and you can't morally kill those who possess that idea, but you can cut off all support that continues to allow the idea to persist. And if we lack the fortitude to do this very thing, that idea will eventually kill *us*.
The choice is yours: Exterminate Republicans, or they will, sooner or later, exterminate you.