Elliott Lusztig on twitter posted this about Donald Trump’s lie that millions voted illegally for Hillary Clinton. It’s a lie that has been repeated by Trump staff and Trump supporters since he originally posted the lie to social media.

Remember this with Republicans: They never make statements of fact. They make statements of intention. The Up North Progressive has spent two years exposing lies repeated multiple times by Republicans and they’re still repeating them today. Do they believe the lies? They don’t care if it’s true, they care about how much the gullible will react.

Progressive bloggers and journalists need to remember this when Trump and his minions lie for the next four years. Don’t waste your breath correcting the lies, understand that the lies are their plans for the future.

Yesterday Up North Progressive shared an audio recording of Betsy DeVos and her husband Dick answering questions at The Gathering in 2001. The Gathering is a right wing religious organization that rakes in about a billion dollars a year to fund Dominion Christian causes, such as infiltrating government and turning the United States into a theocracy.

In the recording, Dick and Betsy claim where archaeologists dig in the shfela in Palestine and find no evidence of pig bones, that’s proof the settlement was Hebrew. If pig bones are found, then Philistines lived there. Using this analogy that pig bones was the food of idolaters while no idols and pig bones is evidence that the Israelis converted the Philistines and pig eating stopped as a result, Dick and Betsy see their work to eradicate public education as the same mission. Pig bones & public schools = ungodly government schools.

The only problem with this “evidence” about the Philistines is there are no written records these people ever existed except for ancient civilizations who claim to have known of them, and none spoke favorably. Most “history” of the Philistines comes from the Old Testament. Remember David and Goliath? That story allegedly took place in the shfela. Ancient Egyptians and Assyrians also claim they encountered these people, and their purpose in the narrative, just like the Hebrews’ history of the Philistines, was as an obligatory punching bag. Modern research is riddled with controversy; proof these people existed at all can be easily refuted.

Democratos over at Daily Kos shared a book published in 1974 that looks at ancient culture and human behavior based on food sources, habitat and location. Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture by Marvin Harris provides a different possibility for why people living in Palestine five thousand years ago gradually stopped eating pigs:

Sheep and goats were the first animals to be domesticated in the Middle East, possibly as early as 9,000 B.C. Pigs were domesticated in the same general region about 2,000 years later. Bone counts conducted by archaeologists at early pre-historic village farming sites show that the domesticated pig was almost always a relatively minor part of the village fauna, constituting only about 5 percent of the food animal remains …

Between 7,000 and 2,000 B.C. pork became still more of a luxury. During this period there was a sixty fold increase in the human population of the Middle East. Extensive deforestation accompanied by the rise in population, especially caused by the large herds of sheep and goats. Shade and water, the natural conditions for appropriate pig raising, progressively became more scarce, and pork became even more of an ecological and economic luxury.

That narrative seems more plausible than a mythic people that left no evidence of their existence adopted the Hebrew religion, and thus stopped eating pork as a result. Human activity deprived pigs of their habitat and raising them became too difficult to maintain, so people stopped raising them.

It seems only appropriate that Betsy DeVos’s motivation for destroying public education comes from unsubstantiated, controversial historical narrative about a fictional people who ate pigs, and that made them godless heathens. In her mind, public schools are those pig bones gnawed on by ancient pagans, and if we just get rid of the public schools, the children attending those schools can receive educational salvation.

But perhaps public exposure to the Educational Whores of Babylon that are Dick and Betsy DeVos is exactly what Americans need right now. They need to know these people exist, and they’re using their billions to dismantle everything that makes America the great country it is. Betsy DeVos is the fourth billionaire Trump has selected for his cabinet. Drain the swamp? The swamp just got ten feet higher.

Just in time so everyone would be too busy peeling potatoes and baking pies to notice, Donald Trump tapped wife and daughter of Dominion Christianity Michigan Billionaires, Betsy Prince DeVos. The wife of Dick DeVos and sister of Erik Prince(founder of the now defunct Blackwater mercs for hire), this princess of Dutch Reformed Ada Township has made a career of using her family money and influence to push an anti-public education agenda on Michigan and the entire country.

You may be wondering, what real education experience does Betsy DeVos have? The answer is none. She’s doing God’s work to eliminate public schools, which she prefers to call government schools, so that the only education any child can receive is an education approved by her. This means creationism instead of real science, David Barton fever dream American History instead of real American History, and reading the Bible as literature in ELA classes. In this 2001 recording of Dick and Betsy DeVos speaking at The Gathering, you will hear them explain why they devote so much money and effort to destroy public education, rather than just focus on funding Christian schools.

The part about their plan for pig bones and public education begins at 30:00

If you listen carefully, Dick and Betsy DeVos compare Detroit Public Schools, and all public education, to an ancient pagan community in Israel. The pagans ate pigs, and archaeologists found pig bones where they lived. As the layers of civilization were dug up, fewer and fewer pig bones were found, showing the Israelites converted the pagans and those converts stopped eating pigs. Dick and Betsy DeVos believe public education is pagan, and they must spread their Christian world view on public education to clear it of evil heathen pig bones – meaning evil unionized government schools.

Betsy DeVos has been busy in Michigan and the Country pushing for school vouchers, lifting caps on for-profit charter/cancer schools, and in Detroit, spending money left and right in Lansing so the state legislature would pass a controversial bill to change the structure of Detroit Public Schools, making it easier for them to convert the entire district into for-profit education. All while selling soap and vitamins in a direct sales pyramid scheme cult, making the DeVos family fabulously wealthy and well-connected.

If you didn’t think a Trump presidency would be that bad, you’re right. It’s going to be worse than anything you can possibly imagine. Betsy DeVos is exponentially more terrible than every other appointment Trump has made so far combined. Pure Evil was just tapped to head the Department of Education. Betsy DeVos is coming for the pagan pig bones in America – meaning our public schools.

The Up North Progressive has been quiet since the election, and for good reason. As the election night returns came in, and it was obvious the most unqualified bigoted moron to ever run for the office was about to win over the most qualified, progressive candidate to run for the office, a phrase repeated over the past eighteen months proved to be true: Nothing matters.

Facts, words, and grammatical constructions were pointless and unnecessary. We can completely make it up and get elected on it, then we’ll accuse the person who did everything right of doing everything wrong to deflect from our own incompetence.

“Hillary Lost because she wasn’t trustworthy!”
Donald Trump tells easily disprovable lie.
“Democrats need more trustworthy candidates!”
Chris Christie lies about Trump’s lie.
“Establishment Democrats are corrupt!”
Trump appoints paid Russia Today consultant as NSA chief. His children with security clearances will administer assets while sitting in on meetings with heads of state.

”But why didn’t the Democrats run a more truthful, transparent candidate?”

Trump tweets about something he didn’t do and fake news sites spread it to the four corners of the earth as gospel – and still hasn’t released his tax returns.

”If we just get more progressive we can turn things around!”

Trump wins the election even though he is two million votes under Hillary Clinton thanks to Citizens United, states like North Carolina removing 300,000 voters from their rolls so Trump could win by 27,000 votes, Bernie Bros refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton because she’s just sooooooo evil, And butt hurt Flint residents staying home because President Obama took a sip of some Flint water when he visited.

And that is an honest to goodness recap of the 2016 election.

In the aftermath, Bernie Bros who didn’t vote for Clinton blamed Trump supporters who didn’t vote at all. Then came the I told you sos, the anger, the demonstrations in the streets, and the rise of racist vandalism and intimidation all over the country, emboldened thanks to the bigot, racist candidate winning the election.

The other thing that doesn’t matter is Hillary Clinton’s speaking fees or unsecured private server after all. Getting paid to speak is only a bad thing when Hillary Clinton did it. Using unsecured private communication devices is only a bad thing when Hillary Clinton did it.

Receive an unreturned invitation to an art exhibit and the Trump-fueled conservative media accuses you of being a Satanist. Literally say in public you admire Satan and you can be a chief advisor for a president Christians consider the face of their movement. He’s probably the first “Christian” president to have a cameo in a playboy softcore porn video.

And what about Bernie Sanders? Thanks to Karl Roves’ superpac buying him ads and repeating the same lies the Republicans repeated about Clinton, a large block of progressive voters transformed into willing useful idiots to make sure Trump was elected. It was surreal watching Republicans and Bernie Bros alike sifting through wikileaks offerings looking for any dirt on Clinton, the woman who must be stopped because she’s so corrupt.

Fun fact: Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, is an inlaw of Karl Rove’s.

But of course, none of that matters. It also didn’t matter when Bernie Bros called Up North Progressive “establishment” and “fake progressive” and “Republican in disguise.” due to support of the only real progressive candidate who had a chance of winning. It became increasingly difficult to tell the difference between Sanders supporters and Trump supporters: They used the same lies and false equivalence talking points to demonize Hillary Clinton. The misogyny was acute on both sides as well.

And here we are, in the post-political decorum age. We can lie, cheat, obscure and people could care less. Integrity, transparency, and facts are useless.

The election is over, but it’s obvious we will be in this space of nothing matters for some time. While writing this, it happened again.

The big story, the story everyone should be tweeting about and making memes about and talking about is the fact that Donald Trump settled his Trump University fraud lawsuit for $25 million on Friday. Anyone who pays out that much money to end a lawsuit is guilty as hell. Does it matter? How silly to even ask. Once again the thing everyone should be paying attention to was buried when Trump started another twitter war over Mike Pence being booed when he showed up for Hamilton Friday night. Anyone talking about Trump University today?

So here we are. Trump oozed his way into the White House. As he puts together his cabinet of white nationalists and tosses around names like Betsy DeVos and Michelle Rhee for Education Secretary, the Bernie Bro contingent demand the “establishment” hand over the reins of the Democratic Party so they can turn it into something that will have even less chance at winning the White House in 2020.

The Up North Progressive will continue focusing on what matters to the Up North Progressive: Speaking up for those who are too young, too old, and too poor to matter in Washington DC or Lansing, and quietly watching Donald Trump fold on every promise he made while lying and cheating his way through a presidential election. The people have spoken. They want cult of personality over substance because nothing matters.

Still undecided if you’re going to vote or not on Tuesday?

One third of our country is literally OK and about half of those are CHOMPING AT THE BIT to vote for a president who literally has to have his Twitter taken away so he won’t post something about Mexicans being able to vote.

If nothing else motivates you to vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, think about the people who can’t wait to vote for Donald J. Trump, the most unfit person to run for the highest office in the United States.

Get out and vote November 8, 2016.

Geoff Malicoat is the Democratic Party candidate running for the 98th district in the Michigan State House. His opponent is the ever noisome and unethical tea party incumbent Gary Glenn.

The good news is Malicoat and Glenn are tied in the polls going into the general election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This means there is a real chance the people of the 98th district could have someone in Lansing representing them and their interests, instead of a man who has made it his career to seize any port in the political storm willing to give him money and support. Just ask the people of Idaho what it was like having Gary Glenn represent them as an elected official.

Geoff Malicoat doesn’t answer to deep pockets that pay for him to run for office, or lobby state governments to pass laws that hurt working people or deprive them of their civil rights. Malicoat is a small business owner who wants to go to Lansing and fight for the people who need their voices heard. To do that, he needs the support of everyone in the 98th district. This weekend is the last opportunity to mobilize people to go to the polls on Tuesday, and Geoff Malicoat needs your help. Your donations will help him get the word out through advertising and social media. Will you help him?

If so, please donate to Geoff Malicoat’s campaign and give him the push he needs to win on November 8, 2016.