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Article: Six Reasons Democrats will Win Midterms | OpEd News

The history of the entire Biden Administration’s legislative accomplishments, along with the most recent SCOTUS decisions, leave no doubt in my mind that this year’s midterm elections must defy recent history and solidify Democrat control of not only both houses of Congress, but as many state legislatures and other statewide office holders as possible. To allow this GOP to wrest control of the US House and Senate, as well as those state offices controlling their conduct and certification of elections would likely allow for an even more dramatically chaotic outcome for the 2024 election of the next President than we have been experiencing since the 2020 election/attempted Trump coup.

The GOP, since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, has taken our government further towards the authoritarian political right than many of us previously thought possible. The notion of government of the people, by the people and for the people (as championed by the first Republican President – Abraham Lincoln) is diametrically opposite the governing policy goals of this horridly mutated GOP. Allowing them to totally undermine future Biden/democratic policy initiatives for the remaining two years of Biden’s term and steal the 2024 election for Trump or one of the countless cookie cutter clones currently bending over backwards to back up anything he says or does in both words and deeds, may well result in disaster for the vast majority of Americans.

The recent Kansas voter referendum which diametrically opposed the SCOTUS overturning of Roe v Wade demonstrates how outside the mainstream public opinion the ultra-rightwing Supreme Court connived by the Senate GOP, thanks to Trump, McConnell and their GOP enablers really has become.

The recent flare up of violence instigating rhetoric related to the FBI serving of a legal search warrant at Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago is only the latest manifestation of a political party hellbent on gaining and making permanent control of our government a reality – by making the voting preferences of millions of Americans meaningless in the selection of government office holders. The death of our democracy must not stand.

Kevin McCarthy must not become Speaker of the House and Mitch McConnell must not become Senate Majority leader again. The solid gains for Biden’s legislative agenda were made despite the unanimous attempts by them to thwart any meaningful progress for on any level. Increasing Democrat control over those two bodies would allow more progress to be made.

Go to the polls in November with the memory of January 6, 2021 on your mind – as well as the more recent attempts by Trump, McCarthy and other so-called Republican leaders to place a target on the the backs of law enforcement personnel doing their duties for the protection of our legal rights. Inciting violence against law enforcement, judges and elected officials is highly hypocritical for members of the party which has prided itself as THE Law and Order party in this country for decades.

The reasons spelled out in detail in the attached article provide a call to action to bring about lasting change for the better while preventing the currently chaotic insurrectionist direction being thrust upon us from becoming a permanent prison for our hopes and dreams. – rjc


Source: Article: Six Reasons Democrats will Win Midterms | OpEd News

Roe v. Wade

The Mitch McConnell sponsored packing of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) with extremist rightwing politically activist justices bore fruit in the form of a series of decisions unleashed in the final days of its most recent session. By effectively stealing what should have been an appointment by Obama of a justice to replace Antonin Scalia at his passing on a made-to-order grounds of allowing the incoming President to nominate the new justice since the sitting President was a lame duck owing to his ineligibility to serve a third term in office (despite the fact that the vacancy would last nearly an entire year before a new POTUS was sworn in), the Senate GOP put into motion what would become the most rightwing Court in recent history. The retirement of Justice Kennedy (again making way for another hard-right replacement legitimately nominated by the then sitting Trump) further moved the Court to the liking of Republican hardliners.

Lo and behold, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death – even nearer to the end of Trump’s term than Scalia’s was to the end of Obama’s – enabled the Senate GOP and Majority Hypocrite-In-Chief Mitch McConnell to ditch his opportunistic sophistry that the new appointment should await the winner of the 2020 Presidential race and let Trump replace that 3rd Justice in what time remained in his first term. Miracle of miracles, the newly revamped SCOTUS was able to double down on a series of decisions that have angered a large majority of the American people – including a majority of voters (for those who may have forgotten, Trump lost the 2020 election by millions more than he lost the popular vote in 2016 – this time losing the electoral vote as well). Three hard core right wing activist Justices, two of whom would never have even been nominated under normal circumstances. 

For a President whose major accomplishment in his first(and probably only) term in office, Donald Trump will leave behind the legacy of creating a SCOTUS that seems hellbent on destroying the remnants of our democracy that has survived voter suppression and the election fraud policy of gerrymandering a way in which an increasingly smaller minority party can gain and maintain power over state legislatures, both Houses of Congress and even the Whitehouse itself indefinitely. The same applies to the entire Federal Judiciary branch, especially the Supreme Court itself – with a 6-3 ultra-conservative majority ensconced and continuing to serve up every variety of simply horrific decision (like the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the anti-gun-control decision just released) for the foreseeable future, possibly for decades.

Trump did not accomplish this unaided. Mitch McConnell declared early on in the Obama Administration that his main goal was to turn Obama into a one-term President. He failed, largely because Obama was able to see passage of the Affordable Care Act and other essential legislation prior to the 2010 midterm elections. The current 50-50 split in the Senate is often unable to pass legislation. Even when all 50 Democrats vote in unison (which has been problematic to say the least), GOP Senators can use  the filibuster to kill any bill they wish by making sure fewer than 10 Republicans  will vote with the Democrats. This was not possible when key legislation was passed under Obama.

By sending the issue of abortion/choice back to the states, SCOTUS has ensured a somewhat haphazard hodgepodge of legislation varying state to state. Laws passed by some states years ago gain validity and making it more difficult and costly for millions of American women to avail themselves of reproductive health care. Obviously, this affects those at the lower end of the economic scale far more than those at the top – especially if long-distance travel is necessary. Just as states that refused to expand Medicaid hurt economically disadvantaged residents under the ACA, vast differences in state abortion laws do likewise. Those affected most dramatically are obviously all women, and those belonging to racial and ethnic minorities at the lower end of the economic ladder.

This fostering of different rights for people based on which state they live in is simply unacceptable. Health care is a human right and should not depend on where someone lives in this country. Making an entire gender subject to such vagaries should not be allowed – any more than it ever should again affect one’s ability to vote, exercise their rights as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Will they attack LGBT rights, marriage equality or any other vestiges of 18th, 19th or 20th century laws that we found abhorrent and legislated against at the federal level in the future? I fear we are in danger of embarking on a future replete with any number of idiotic, inhumane or utterly immoral state laws reversing current laws and reverting to a situation that is utterly unacceptable in a country that claims to have a democratic government protecting individual rights and equal justice under the law.

We need to halt this slippery slope of turning this society into one determined to Make America Great again by restoring misogynistic, racist, homophobic and/or xenophobic values that treat way too many people like criminals just because they do not share my personal preferences or lifestyle without affecting my life in any negative way whatsoever. Many of us know enough about this country’s past history to not ever want us to repeat the evils perpetrated on many of our predecessors by some of their contemporaries. Reproductive choice needs to be equally available to all Americans. The midterm elections this coming November need to make a statement that we as a people know how the GOP are trying to turn our government into an autocratic state instead of the democracy we desire. Vote in representatives in all levels of government – from local to state to federal – who will listen to, rather than mute, ALL of our voices.

Remember – Birds aren’t real.

Further Suggested Readings:

19-1392 Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows – POLITICO

AOC Says Democrats Must ‘Leave It All on the Field’ to Defend Abortion Rights

Does it matter that most Americans want to keep Roe v. Wade?

You Can’t Stop the Overturn of Roe v Wade, but Here are 6 Things You Can do to Mitigate the Harm and Fight Back

Unhappy Mother’s Day Due to Forced Birthing

With Roe Under Threat, Sale of Location Data on Abortion Clinic Patients Raises Alarm

Opinion | Is the Supremely Right-Wing Court About to Overturn the Majority’s Will on Abortion?

Political Supreme Court takes away the rights of Citizens

21st Century Fascism: The Bid For Survival By A Dying Capitalist Order, by Rainer Shea

Opinion | A close reading of Alito’s draft abortion ruling reveals these 8 problems

Opinion | Alito thinks history helps his anti-abortion attack. Historians beg to differ.

Hear these anonymous CNN viewers share their personal stories and opinions of abortion – CNN Video

We Will Not Turn the Clock Back On Roe v Wade

Now Is the Time to “Aid and Abet” Abortion

The MAGA Violence Yet to Come

Yet another outstanding effort by Padre Steve Dundas from his “The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World” blog. If the four years of the Trump Presidency and the nearly two years of utterly inexcusable attempts to refuse to admit that the American electorate rejected his totalitarian methods and dictatorial goals have taught us nothing else, American democrats (small d, to include members of all parties resisting his criminal behavior) know now more than ever that he needs to be brought to justice for his treasonous behavior and never again permitted to occupy the Whitehouse.

The January 6 Committee’s publicly broadcast hearings have served to illustrate Trump’s willingness to do anything and everything he deems necessary to keep himself in power without regard to facts and realities that do not coincide with his nightmarish vision of an American populous held hostage to his every whim. He, along with all those who paved the way for the chaos he has been wreaking on this country since even before his 2016 rise to power, needs to pay dearly for the criminal behavior exhibited before, during and after the January 6, 2021 riot that he fostered and inflamed on our nation’s capital.

Many millions of Americans have known this for years before the broadcast public hearing of recent weeks. Others are viewing these misdeeds with a new awareness as a result of hearings themselves. It is not sufficient to merely muddle through the days between now and the 2024 Presidential election and hope to defeat Trump or someone equally willing for rend asunder our democracy by pretending that the US Constitution doesn’t apply to them.

We need to take appropriate legal action to punish those guilty of blatant insurrection. More importantly, we need to make sure we vote out any and all candidates in any and all elections leading up to the 2024 elections – including but not limited to the midterm elections to be held this November. Fight like hell to overcome voter suppression efforts in way too many states and ensure the defeat of those seeking to overrule the will of the people while lying through their teeth that they are only doing what needs to be done to accomplish the exact opposite. We cannot limit ourselves to merely preventing the Trump acolytes in the GOP he now owns from capturing the majority of seats in both houses of Congress. The same must be done to prevent state and local legislators and executives from making a second attempted coup successful. We have our work cut out for us. Let’s show the would-be tyrants that they have picked the wrong battle with an overwhelming display of electoral enthusiasm they never dreamed we could express. – rjc

The Inglorius Padre Steve's World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I have not written anything here for months, but the last few months have been so busy with teaching, and the finishing touches on Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. Likewise I am dealing with a number of physical issues which still continue. I think I mentioned the Kidney stone, and maybe the Carpal Tunnel syndrome. I have follow ups coming for both. I had a CT scan of the Kidney this morning in preparation for the follow up appointment with the Urologist. I am concerned that they might not gotten all of it as I still suffer from pain there. The follow up with the hand surgeon next month to determine the next steps in dealing with it which will likely involve a more complicated surgery. But enough excuses, the fact is that my mind and body were fried, I have taken the ten…

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Matthew McConaughey: Act on gun responsibility vs control after Uvalde

Matthew McConaughey recently spoke out about the need for action in the aftermath of the recent massacre of young school children in his hometown of Uvalde, TX. He was viewed as a possible candidate to replace Governor Abbott before he decided not to run.

Perhaps he should run for public office. He would certainly be preferrable to the most recent occupants of the TX Governor’s Mansion (and several other high profile elected officials elsewhere throughout the country). No doubt he would also outshine the most recent celebrity occupant of the Whitehouse as well. – rjc

Matthew McConaughey: We can keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people and protect the Second Amendment.

Source: Matthew McConaughey: Act on gun responsibility vs control after Uvalde

Here are 4 ways you can effect meaningful change as we process yet another mass shooting

The dysfunctional manner by which we have been responding to mass shootings for what seems like forever needs to end. The refusal by mainly GOP members of Congress and state legislatures to pass any legislation to deal meaningfully with these events – and reduce the death tolls exacted by the perpetrators of these attacks is totally unacceptable.

The main obstacle to passing legislation dealing with mass shooting events in schools, churches, businesses and just about any conceivable venue for the gathering of large numbers of innocent men, women and children has consistently been the US Senate and its filibuster which enables a minority of Senators to squelch common sense and dictate to the vast majority of us laws which make us feel less secure. Calling the current lineup of the US Senate a Democrat Majority only because the Vice President can cast a tiebreaking vote is a cruel joke when what is needed is at least 60 votes to end a filibuster and send the bill to the Whitehouse for a Presidential signature.

Treating the Second Amendment as a sacrosanct right without limits is utter nonsense. All rights enumerated in the US Constitution have reasonable limits. My right to free speech does not extend to using it to yell, “FIRE!” in a crowded place when it is not true in order to start a panic which causes pain, suffering and possible death to some. I doubt many people (possibly outside of the NRA, anyway) would argue that the right to bear arms extends to a right to use nuclear weapons.

Just because the National Rifle Association uses its clout (in the form of campaign contributions) to stop reasonable limits on the purchase and/or use of weapons from being implemented does not mean we need fear for our lives or the lives of our children. Last time I checked, there is nowhere in the US Constitution any stipulation making that document a suicide pact so that weapons must be made available to every whack-a-doodle to open fire with their weapon of choice on whomever their twisted hearts deemed unworthy of life.

We need to stop accepting the feeble logic which leaves us at the mercy of who knows whom and for whatever reason deems it essential to snuff out our lives in a barrage of bullets. Make Congress do its job. Make sure to identify those who continue to use feeble logic as an excuse for refusing to serve their constituents. Vote them out of office and replace them with people who can think beyond their own lust for money and power and truly represent the people who live, work and learn in the state and House districts they represent. Same goes for state and local elected officials as well.

Source: Here are 4 ways you can effect meaningful change as we process yet another mass shooting

We Will Not Turn the Clock Back On Roe v Wade

Another outstanding essay by Sally Edelstein in her Envisioning the American Dream blog. The SCOTUS draft argument to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent and steal women’s reproductive rights by allowing states to severely rollback access to safe abortion care should become a major issue for this November’s Midterm Elections.

Turning the clock back by negating half a century of pro-choice protections while demanding via Court decision a mandate forcing birth upon all women under any circumstances with no exemptions against the wishes of a large majority of the American people is unacceptable. We need to vote out any and all advocates of such a draconian policy.

Furthermore, Congress needs to enact legislation protecting these rights, as well as other recently acquired rights (same sex marriage being an obvious example) from attacks by the hard rightwing GOP. We need to be strengthening these rights, not elimination them out of spite. – rjc

Envisioning The American Dream

Handmaids Tale

Many women went to sleep last night in America only to wake up to find out they are living in Gilead.

I came late to the game watching Handmaid’s Tale, having only recently begun binging it. A totalitarian society that strips away a woman’s physical autonomy and reproductive rights in the former United States originally seemed too darkly dystopian for my tastes.

But now it feels as if the storylines are no longer confined to HULU- it is streaming free in real life.

A document leak from the Supreme Court indicated that this summer they are poised to nullify Roe v Wade ensuring abortion will be banned in over 20 states and made difficult to obtain in many others.

Hearing the news last night was like a gut punch. The cruelty of it was breathtaking. I gasped.

We are headed back to the dark ages kids, the dark ages of…

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Legitimate Political Discourse

Recent statements published by the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a mockery of the English language by depicting the attempted coup and overturning of the results of the 2020 US Presidential election on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC as an example of Legitimate Political Discourse caused many to wonder what would constitute Illegitimate Political Discourse. Live televised coverage of what appeared to most observers to be a violent riot/insurrection were likened to a mere exercise of the Constitutional First Amendment Right to Free Speech.

Prior to the outbreak of this riot, attendees of a then-President Donald Trump rally across the city were urged to march on the United States Capitol and demand that the electoral vote count to certify the election of Joseph Biden to replace the previously impeached Trump be overturned so that he could remain in office despite losing the popular vote by several million votes in more than enough states with sufficient electoral votes to guarantee Biden victory. An unprecedented number of lawsuits claiming blatant voter fraud and illegal election tampering were unanimously thrown out of courts in a number of key battleground states as having absolutely no merit whatsoever.

Throughout both of his Presidential campaigns, Donald Trump was extremely virulent in asserting that the only way he could lose the election would be illegal rigging of the results favoring his opponents. There was never any danger of him admitting electoral defeat. His antics in both campaigns were consistent. He would have put just as much effort into attempting to overturn a loss to Hilary Clinton in 2016 as he did to Biden in 2020, though he likely would not have achieved infamy he earned by inciting the riot/insurrection/failed coup attempt of 1/6/21 – if only because he had none of the Presidential powers he abused so blatantly last year.

Trump’s negative influence in regard to political discourse is still with us. His willingness to use rhetoric to encourage his sycophants to participate in violent responses to perceived mistreatment and unfair rigging of the election results to the detriment of their beloved and fearless leader is seen by many as permitting similar behavior on their part. A case in point would be the recent posturing by Senator Lindsey Graham when he publicly advocated for citizens of Russia to assassinate Vladimir Putin to end his dictatorial reign and restore peace in Ukraine.

Such volatile language was often present in speeches that Trump gave to rallies before, during and after both elections. Remember when he claimed that he could shoot someone in broad daylight in New York City and still retain the favor of his devoted followers? Whether this was true or not (hopefully, we will never find out which) he seemed convinced that it was and his hard core followers did as well. His penchant for demeaning and insulting anyone and everyone who dared question the veracity of his pronouncements or the appropriateness of his actions seems to be affecting a significant portion of the campaigns which have begun  for the midterm elections which will be held this coming November.

The American people and especially registered Republicans deserve better leadership than has ever been provided Donald Trump and the talking heads who currently use ridiculous sophistry in an attempt to hide the fact that their fearless (or is that feckless?) leader used all his skills to attempt to incite a violent insurrection to gain in a riot in the nation’s capital what they failed to achieve at the polls the previous November. A riot that killed and injured innocent people and threatened the health and safety of many others is not legitimate political discourse. It is criminal activity deserving of charges and trial in a court of law.

The conduct of the vast majority of those Republicans unwilling or too fearful of the consequences to their future political careers to stand up to the lies and rantings of a former Commander-in-Chief totally devoid of common human decency or moral integrity is unacceptable. If they refuse to fulfill their oaths of office by letting Trump do whatever suits his fancy, they and their political party deserve to be dealt an unprecedented landslide defeat in the November elections. For our federal government to devolve into one of, by and for Donald Trump or whatever fascist authoritarian pretender seeking to rule in his place is a travesty of justice we simply cannot abide if we hope to thrive in the days to come.

Further Suggested Readings:

GOP Mocked For Calling Jan. 6 Capitol Riot ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’

Maybe we can’t handle the truth about the Trump coup

Opinion | The Republican Embrace of Trumpian Fascism Is Complete—and Now Must Be Defeated

Opinion | GOP Calling Trump Coup Effort ‘Legitimate Political Discourse’ Should Still Be Frontpage News

Cartoon: Legitimate Political Discourse

On “Legitimate Political Discourse”

Lindsey Graham took to Twitter to tell Russians to "step up to the plate" and take out Putin

Restoring a Functional Democracy in an Increasingly Authoritarian Society

Crunch time is rapidly approaching for the American People to preserve our government as one of the people, by the people and for the people. The midterm elections coming this November will require those of us seeking a democratic government that listens to us and actually seeks to improve the conditions under which most of us live our lives will need to fight harder than ever before to counter efforts of authoritarian and oligarchic forces at the local, state and federal levels to strip us of our rights to elect our own representatives to govern us in a way that allows us ALL to prosper in every aspect of ours lives – not just the top 1 or 2 percent.

Since President Biden was sworn into office under the shadow of an attempt to overrule the will of the people as expressed at the polls in November of 2020, the Republican party has shown itself willing to go to great lengths regain political power that it never intends to relinquish – the US Constitution be damned. I do not blame President Biden for the failure to secure the voting rights of all Americans or his Build Back Better plan to move in a progressive direction to empower us, rid us of attacks on our social safety net while alleviating economic, social and political inequality.

I also do not blame.Senators Sinema and Manchin for the failure of the Senate to pass key parts of the Biden agenda. We need to remember that passage of the Affordable Care Act was enormously difficult despite a much bigger majority of seats held by Democrats at the time than exists today. Badgering those two senators only gives cover to the 50 GOP senators who are unwilling to listen to their own constituents and pass these bills supported by a large majority of the American people. While skirting the filibuster requiring a supermajority of votes to pass the bills was conceivable at the outset, it obviously isn’t happening with this Senate. VP Harris doesn’t get a vote if they can’t get to a 50-50 tie.

Given this situation, how can we make this happen? Unlike Trump, I’m not about to encourage violent protests and death threats to get people to change their minds about either the filibuster or the desirability of passing this legislation. There is an election coming in November for all seats in the US House of Representatives and a third of the seats in the US Senate. We need to make sure that each and every Representative, Senator, state legislator or governor who has gone out of their way (via voter suppression legislation and/or gerrymandering) to rig these elections with a view towards GOP victory to still lose their elections.

Grassroots organizing is needed to provide as much assistance as possible to register voters and facilitate their casting ballots in their own interests instead of giving up and letting the GOP achieve their goals of winning enough seats to enable the GOP to obstruct any and all bills proposed by Biden to a degree not experienced in this country in my lifetime, if ever. This can be done. Before he was elected mayor of Burlington, VT, where I lived at the time, Bernie Sanders was running for statewide office and polling in single digits. He subsequently won election to the US House (which in VT is a statewide position), then the US Senate – always running as an independent.

Winning elections with as many barriers as are currently being passed in just about every GOP-dominated state in the country, will not be easy, but we need to get it done. These elected officials need to be held accountable for their constant refusal to act in the best interest of anyone other than their fat cat campaign donors and big businesses at our expense. The recent development of GOP elected Congresscritters taking credit for benefits to their constituents resulting from laws written by Democrats which was voted against by almost every single Republican is the height of hypocrisy. Call them out on this every chance you get.

This country needs uniformity on a basic level that applies to each and every state when it comes to the right to vote. The sections of the Voting Rights Act that were ripped to shreds need to be addressed legislatively by Congress. There is precious little support for this among GOP legislators at any level of government – and none among Trump and the folks who put him in the White House once and hope to do so again in 2024. Now is the time to fight to remove them before they can succeed. Trump has been vanquished for the time being. We need to make sure he doesn’t get another chance to destroy democracy in this country. Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and the vast majority of their fellow GOP elected officeholders need to be prevented from following in his footsteps. Ever.

Suggested Further Reading:

One Nation, Divisible, with Liberty and Justice for Few – How the U.S. could split up

Scoop: Bipartisan group discusses electoral reform

State legislators gear up to pass a new wave of voting restrictions ahead of crucial 2022 midterms

Biden condemns Trump as a threat to democracy in speech marking one year since January 6 attack

One Year After Jan. 6: What comes next? | Southern Poverty Law Center

How to stop Trump from stealing the election next time

How to Fight the Next Coup

The Language of Violence and Avoiding a Potential Reign of Terror

Voting rights leaders skipping Biden’s Georgia speech to spur action

Bernie Sanders says Democrats are failing: ‘The party has turned its back on the working class’

The coming coup: How Republicans are laying the groundwork to steal future elections

Manchin, Sinema could be forced to work in potential Plan B keep filibuster and save voting rights

Jen Psaki Says What The GOP Doesn’t Want You To Know: Republicans Refuse To Participate On Voting Rights

The Smoking Gun Of Trump Treason Is The Voting Machine Seizure Executive Order

How to depolarize a country – Vox

Trump’s confession shows why we must abolish the Electoral College and throw him in jail

Dear President Joseph Biden,

Excellent essay from Moira Donovan from her Nine Cent Girl blog thanking President Biden for all his efforts to clean up the cesspool left him an us in the wake of the alleged Administration of his predecessor Donald J. Trump. We truly need to strive mightily in the days ahead to preserve and restore our government to the compassionate democracy that most of us want us to live under – despite what Trump and the Republican Party he has all but made unrecognizable as the party that led this nation through the turmoil of the Civil War and the slavery ended by it in its infancy.

We will obviously need to work hard to elect a Congress that will end the slide into authoritarian rule that the current GOP leadership (including the Man Who Would Be King who seems likely to run again in 2024} seeks to install to rule over us, rather than of, by and for us. Reclaiming democracy requires eliminating the gridlock that Congress has become thanks to the unwillingness of too many in our state and national legislatures to represent the needs, hopes and aspirations of the people who elect them to serve, -rjc

Nine Cent Girl

Dear President Joseph Robinette Biden,

I hope you are well, and ready to celebrate the upcoming holidays with reverence and joy. Lord knows, you have earned a few family days, in fact, I hope you have several moments when you are not worried about all of us. I am looking forward to a few days like that myself. You see, I’m a high school teacher of English, and I know for sure you understand what that entails, in terms of never being too far removed from your work life. My wish for the both of us is to step away for a minute and rejoice in the wonders of the season.

So, why am I writing you? Well, that’s a simple one to answer. I just want to say thank you. I get the feeling you might not hear those two words enough from people. I must admit, they carry…

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When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth – Dandelion Salad

Another excellent essay by Paul Street on the Dandelion Salad blog.

Trump and his followers wearing the trademark “MAGA” insignia haven’t so much as a clue concerning what would actually constitute greatness when referring to the land of the free and the home of the brave. This issue shows where Trump’s rhetoric makes a mockery of the phrase “Make American Great Again”.

Donald Trump has a twisted vision of what it would mean to make America great to begin with.  He merely spouted the platitudes he thought would earn him the votes he would need to win the Presidency – with neither the knowledge of what our society would become nor the inclination to act in such a manner as to achieve it. In any case, few people would say that America is any closer to greatness than it was before he took office.

The Former President’s claim that only he can fix what is broken is preposterous. Any progress towards a more humane, egalitarian, non-discriminatory society that restores rather than destroys the planet and the people living on it will be made despite, rather than because of, the efforts and actions of Donald Trump and what he has made of the GOP.

Source: When America Was “Great”… by Paul Street + Indigenous Peoples’ History is More Complicated Than a Holiday Myth – Dandelion Salad


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