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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


Texas abortion law: Federal judge issues order blocking 6-week ban – CNNPolitics

The news coming out of Washington and GOP-dominated state governments has not often been pleasant to progressives or to the mainstream population. Despite the ouster of Donald Trump and his cult of those espousing the not-so-subtle attempt at trashing our democracy and turning this nation into what would ultimately result in the creation of a de facto Fascist States of America, enough of our judiciary remains intact to occasionally thwart the powers of darkness.

Voting rights are threatened for millions of Americans, resulting in a potential chokehold on state and national governments by not permitting many of those who would oppose the GOP’s far-right agenda by preventing them from  voting or making it increasingly more difficult to vote. This is largely been made possible by a Supreme Court which gutted the Voting Rights Act several years ago. This situation needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

Another hotbed of terrible legislation which has become an avenue of GOP attacks on common decency a function democratic government of the people, by the people and for the people is the issue of abortion. The Trump stacked ultra-conservative Supreme Court of the United States openly allowed a new Texas law banning abortion after the onset of a fetal heartbeat – effectively banning abortion for the vast majority of cases that had been legal for decades due to SCOTUS decision made in the landmark Roe v. Wade. Standard SCOTUS  protocol would have be.en to block enactment of such a law until such time as a decision has been by SCOTUS to undo that precedent. The law has been blocked, albeit temporarily, by a lower level Federal Judge appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate before Trump and McConnell had set about stacking the Federal Courts with judges and justices willing and able to negate decades of judicial precedence – in effect, legislating from the bench.

SCOTUS, with its 6-3 right wing majority, may well ultimately trash Roe v. Wade. The solution to this, voting rights and other civil rights laws most likely resides in national legislation establishing the sanctity of such rights in a way that prevents state governments from writing such laws and treating many of their citizens dramatically differently on these important issues than other states do.

Of course, such behavior on the part of way too many Congresscritters appears to be beyond the abilities and/or desires of our elected “representatives”. Such was also the case at the time of both Trump sham impeachment trials. Some of this requires future voting to elect people who have all our interests in mind, rather than the agenda of the rich and powerful and those interested in dictating the terms of our lives. We need to show them that they work FOR us and not the other way around. – rjc

Source: Texas abortion law: Federal judge issues order blocking 6-week ban – CNNPolitics

Some Thoughts On Vaccinations and Effective Behavior to Stop Spreading Death in this Pandemic

Below is a post shared by multiple friends on Facebook. I have no idea where it originated, but it certainly makes a hell of a lot more sense to me in terms of compassion and reasonable behavior in light of the current Covid-19 dispute being largely fomented on social media, other mass media and those wishing to sell snake oil and chaos in local, state, national and world politics these days.

I am constantly amazed at those in positions to establish legal means by which to lessen the effects of Covid-19 by keeping it from infecting totally innocent people who are not able to protect themselves take actions to achieve the exact opposite. Why do political leaders, whether it be in Congress and the White House, State Legislatures and Governors’ offices – predominantly (if not exclusively) Republicans – feel it is more important to protect and preserve the rights of certain among us to pretend our behavior to live our lives with little or no concern for the effects it has on others is baffling.

Gee whiz. It’s a pain in the butt to have to go around wearing a mask to protect myself an others from unnecessary exposure to deadly pathogens. So what? Would it not be more convenient if we didn’t have to wear different clothing when the weather changes? How is altering behavior by establishing regulations mandating we act to protect us all, rather than just allowing some some perceived Social Darwinian “survival of the fittest” to rule our lives proof that our social fabric is being torn asunder by radical authoritarian socialists? Do we really want to subject children who do not currently have access to vaccination against the virus, to attending schools with little or no protections known to reduce their danger of contracting it?

I have received my recommended vaccinations courtesy of the VA. Like most of those bellyaching at the prospect of having another shot in the arm. I received many such shots while in the army an in school before that. Never seemed to be such a big deal when kids had to start providing immunization records to attend classes (with exceptions for special circumstances and religious exceptions). People who need to be immunized to travel places either do so or don’t go there.

I still wear a mask in public buildings even though many say I don’t have to because I have been vaccinated, because either the employees are wearing their or because nobody dare ask me to prove my status. I seek to lessen others’ concerns that I may be a threat to do health. It’s really not that much of an inconvenience. Parents deserve to not have to worry that sending their children to school is a major threat to their health. Neither do people dependent on income from a job that places them in contact with strangers on a regular basis, whether or not that job even pays them a livable  wage.

The Republican governors in states which have dictated that mask mandates at public schools are forbidden are playing political games with the lives of the most vulnerable among us. Kids can’t vote and don’t make donations to political campaigns. Making up or thriving due to the ludicrous claims of others on social media that the pandemic itself is a hoax or some miracle cure exists or that the approved vaccines make you magnetic or insert microchips into people so the government gains total control over their lives makes them look like champions of the downtrodden.

One of the worst offenders, naturally, is our former would-be President-for-Life, Donald J.Trump – he of the injectable hazardous chemicals and the seemingly endless mass-spreader events otherwise known as rallies. The worst among those still in office – the Governors of Florida and Texas and certain others in Congress and state governments – seem to be positioning themselves for future political glory as successors to Trump. All are incapable of truly leading a democratic society which seeks to benefit society as a whole. Rand Paul deserves to have any medical licenses he may possess be revoked for the nonsense he has been spouting of late.

As a society, we must stop acting in ways that protect the powerful and wealthiest among us at our expense. Calls for ending unemployment relief, the moratorium on evictions and other programs aimed at mitigating the harmful effects the pandemic has wreaked upon us are a ruse to further concentrate wealth and power in our country – and the world as a whole. Those who doubt this can just look at what has happened to the bank balances of Jeff Bezos and most of his billionaire buddies over the past year or so. How many people working for Amazon, pay raises while appreciated not withstanding, will be buying tickets to outer space in the near future?

At any rate, here’s the Facebook post I mentioned earlier. You may have already seen it and shared your thoughts on it as well:

I know some people who are against the vaccine but I saw this and had to post it. Makes sense:

I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or in hot dogs, or in other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed.

I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds; it just cures my headaches and my pains.

I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.


There’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will.

I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before.”

As a child and as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases … just saying.


* To not die from Covid-19.

* To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.

* To hug my loved ones

* To not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come …

* To live my life and enjoy loved ones.

* For Covid-19 to be an old memory.

* To protect us.

Further suggested Readings”

The Party and Cult of Death: the GOP and its Anti-vaxxer “Christian”

US Education Dept. Opens Civil Rights Probes Into 5 States’ Bans on School Mask Mandates | Common Dreams News

Why false claims about Covid-19 vaccines and infertility are so powerful

Yes, let’s mandate vaccines for eligible school children, Fauci says

Hiroshima Is A Lie, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

On this 76th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, this essay points out the faulty reasoning often expressed in explaining and/or justifying this first use of using nuclear weapons against civilian targets in time of war. To me, none of this reasoning makes the use of such weapons acceptable.

Another was used on Nagasaki a few days later. May that be the last time these weapons be used. It time we eliminate them entirely, not merely prevent other nations from gaining the ability to attack with nuclear bombs.

Source: Hiroshima Is A Lie, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

Who are the Real Crisis Actors in Our Democracy?

Another awesome post from Envisioning the American Dream blog. We need to make sure that both the perpetrators and those who urged the violence in the Capitol on 1/6/21 are held accountable for the harm done on that date as well as the even worse consequences that would have come about if the coup attempt had succeeded.

Never again should a group be allowed to steal political power in this country by force – negating the voice of the people as expressed by the results of a legitimate election. This nation must send a message to those contemplating similar attacks on our democracy – starting with those a the top of the trash heap (Does the name “Donald Trump” ring a bell here?)

This coup attempt has not succeeded in attaining its main goals of forcefully and Unconstitutional replacing a freely elected President with a soundly defeated charlatan seeking to become an unrestrained autocratic dictator.

Trump is certainly not alone in his criminal culpability that resulted in the events of January 6th. The vast majority of elected officials – those who have excused these events and sought to convince the American People to accept the lies being put forth by the white supremacist and undemocratic fascist right wing extremists. They are, in fact, the worst of the worst domestic terrorists facing us today. The House select committee charged with brining the facts of exactly what happened, who did it and why. The GOP needs to reverse its compliance with the Trump agenda. If it will not do so, it must be soundly defeated in all future election by those among us willing and able to truly represent the interests of the people they seek to govern.

Thank you for writing this timely and insightful essay. I urge all who do not currently follow your blog to consider doing so. -rjc

Envisioning The American Dream

The only crisis actors during the Capitol insurrection were the domestic terrorists posing as patriots.

The unthinkable crisis they created in our democracy was all too real.

Worst Performance

Fox News Laura Ingraham Fox News Laura Ingraham gives “Best Performance Awards to Cops who testified about Capitol riots.

Shame on you Laura Ingraham.

How dare you Tucker Carlson for continuing to smear and refer to the four heroic officers who testified in Congress as crisis actors. These brave police officers are the true patriots who risked their own lives on January 6 while self righteous talking heads sat smugly and safely in their heated, well appointed TV studios at Fox News.

I’m Not Just Whistlin Dixie

These so called American patriots that the right wing media have idealized, this angry, violent mob who stormed our capitol destroying public property in their wake, their so called freedom-loving faces distorted with rage, entitlement and hate all…

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The Republican Party Is America’s Foremost Anti-Democracy Force

If there has been any doubt about the veracity of the title of this post, the actions of Republican elected officials in Congress and most (if not all) state legislatures since the elections of last November is plain for the world to see. While ardent advocates of democracy have consistently sought to make the right to vote, as well as the ability of most people to express their political preferences at the polls as easy as possible, GOP candidates and elected officers have consistently made every effort to place as many obstacles as possible to prevent certain groups of people from exercising tjat right.

For generations, attempts to restrict and suppress votes have included gerrymandering Congressional and Legislative districts to favor continued election of candidates for one party over the other by diluting the votes of people in groups that have voted for a change of representation in legislative districts. Since changes in elective bodies brought about by changes in the most recent census, partisan majorities elected in more states have tried and often succeeded in making voting more difficult and/or more expensive for changes to occur in future elections.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision several years ago that decimated the Voting Rights Act provisions that forced certain states to get prior approval of state voting laws has come back and badly bitten our status as a democracy. In effect, many GOP-dominated states have sought to win continued political power, not by allowing the collective will of the voters, but selecting who is allowed to vote, where and under increasingly unequal conditions.

My views on exactly who should be permitted to vote, why and how is undoubtedly more extreme than that of most people in this country. I think people living, working and paying taxes should be allowed to vote regardless of where they were born. Does “No taxation without representation” ring a bell for anyone? Other groups like convicted felons and even those still in prison should also h ave the right to vote. Many states have change their laws concerning to permission to vote once they have completed their sentences. This is not the case for those still incarcerated.

Other restrictions making it much harder to vote – such as voter ID, taking away polling places to make some voters have to travel long distances and stand in long lines for hours on end while forbidding folks to provide any compassionate aid while waiting to vote – are likewise unacceptable. Taking away vote early voting and/or by mail-in absentee ballots also contribute to the rampant inequality of opportunity for many groups to vote.

The bottom line for me is that no person should have their right to vote in anyway dependent on what state or local area he/she lives in. We ALL should receive the same (or pretty damned close to it) right to vote. Voter ID is a spurious argument when advocated by the same people who also bitch and moan about having to show proof that they have been vaccinated for Covid-19. School kids have to provide proof of vaccination for many diseases and parents have been making them do so for generations. Voter ID acts as a poll tax suppressing the vote and restricting voter registration in many, if not most, states.

No, Mr. Trump, Governor Whoever and anyone else out there who is trying to prevent people from being able to vote for legislators and holders of any elective office that affects their lives – the voters need to choose you. You do not get to pick and choose which people are eligible to vote. Win elections by convincing folks that you will act in their interests if elected. Rich folks and corporations currently have much more representation from our various governing bodies than they should – at the expense of those who do the work that makes them rich and powerful in first place. Heck, Congress (not just the millionaires club that we call the Senate) has been refusing to make our government one Of, By and For the People.

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would either leave the GOP (Grand Oligarchic Party} or fight to reverse its course from the authoritarian mess it has become in recent years. Sadly, I doubt Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt or even Reagan and the Bushes could be nominated by today’s Republican Party. By fate of birth, I never voted for the first two. I didn’t vote for the others, either. But there is a quantum leap from even them to Trump and the happy idiots in the ranks of elected Republicans who refuse to call him out for his insane lies.

Suggested Further Reading:

Jan 6 was ‘just the beginning’: Extremist-fighting sheriff makes a frightening prediction about the next 10 years in America

Senate Republicans block Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill

‘One Speech… Isn’t Enough’: Progressives Call on Biden to Get Tough on Voting Rights | Common Dreams News

Voting Laws Roundup: May 2021

How America lost its commitment to the right to vote

Here’s how hard it is to vote in Texas

What does a recent SCOTUS decision mean for all the voting restrictions introduced this year?

Congressional Obstruction of the Senate GOP

President Barack Obama faced strong headwinds in obtaining Congressional passage of what many consider to be one of his Administrations greatest accomplishments – the Affordable Care Act – in his first year in office. Most attribute this to the fact that, however briefly, the Democrats held a virtual filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate and a solid majority in the US House of Representatives. Even so, tremendous effort needed to occur in both Houses of Congress before the final passage of this bill and signing it into law. Most Republicans strongly opposed the legislation as being too costly and unnecessary, while many Democrats (especially Progressives) thought it did not go far enough in terms of who gained affordable coverage and how they would receive it.

Despite these objections, the ACA passed and significantly improved health care coverage for millions who did not previously possess it. Given the losses suffered in the midterm elections and numerous court challenges to its Constitutionality, the law remained largely intact until the inauguration of Donald Trump and efforts by him and his followers in Congress to chip away at it. Talk promising to repeal and replace the ACA with some heretofore Republican alternative health care system that does not now and never did exist in any proposed legislation has been drowned out only recently by two impeachment attempts and a 2020 election drubbing of Donald Trump.

Upon the rise to power of Mitch McConnell to Senate Republican Leader, the call was first to reach the goal of a one-term Presidency of Obama, then to do anything in his power to thwart any initiatives put forth by Obama and/or Democratic Congressional representatives which strayed from his views of how to rule the country. Throughout the entire length of the Trump Administration, no effort, other than an occasionally critical public statement, was made to curtail the overt or covert attempts by the former President to usurp the will of the people while aggrandizing his personal wealth and making life better for himself, his family and those willing to go to great lengths to curry his favor.

Following the November election defeat of Trump at the hands of even more millions of voters than he lost by in 2016, the delusional (or some might say demented) soon-to-be-Former President Trump made a mockery of the entire election by claiming – via lawsuits in just about every state where anyone but he was deemed the victor. All these attempts to overthrow legitimate election results were defeated or dismissed as groundless accusations of voter fraud that existed in the muddled minds of himself, his ardent supporters, conspiracy theory extremists like Q-Anon and politicians elected largely based on groveling at his feet (metaphorically at least). To this day, the man insists that the election was stolen from him by anyone – Republican, Democrat or other – who dared state or certify that anyone other than Donald Trump received the most votes and hence won the election.

Two sham impeachment trials and uncounted sums in legal costs later, Trump still rails against the unfair and unlawful system that would leave the Greatest President That Ever Lived jobless after only four years at the helm. His outrage has encouraged Republican elected figures in numerous states to fight for legislation designed to make the election of non-Republican candidates in future elections much more difficult if not virtually impossible. Many of these laws, some of which have already passed in state legislatures and signed by their Republican governors, are so blatantly intended to make voting significantly harder for so many voters as to ensure that voter turnout will drop precipitously if they are allowed to remain in effect for any given election.

The assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 will be remembered as a day that will live in infamy (if I may steal a line from FDR) as a low watermark for democracy in this country. Donald Trump inspired that riot. Intentionally. He was properly impeached for it and provided a sham Senate trial after leaving office – which for the time being means he is still eligible to attempt another run for office. He needs to disabused of the notion that he has some inalienable right to be our Emperor.

The attempt to form a commission to investigate exactly what preceded the events of January 6th to make a future such coup attempt by Trump or any other Hitler/Stalin/Name-Your-Favorite-Dictator to gain power more difficult and less likely to succeed in the future. The Senate GOP, through the use of the undemocratic filibuster, is pretending we do not need to punish the leaders of this insurrection as well as the hundreds of ground troops and followers who have been arrested and charged since then. People like Donald Trump, in whose name these folks acted following his incitement speech just prior to the riot, need to be held responsible for their actions. There is no doubt some of the others are still “representing’” us in Congress and elsewhere.

President Biden no doubt faces greater obstacles to achieving his and/or our agenda to strengthen our Democracy, improve the lives of all Americans and enable us obtain and increase the power of our voices  in determining the future course of our lives. Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump and their political clones at every level of government in this country and abroad, must lose the power they have stolen from the rest of us and restore the integrity of this society before they can burn it to ashes and us with them. The American people deserve to know exactly what went on to create the events of 1/6/21 and ensure that all those who contributed to this failed coup are not only held accountable for their illegal activities but are never again allowed to subject the rest of us to their tyranny.

Further Suggested Reading:

‘Never again’: Liz Cheney spits fire at Trump’s 2024 re-election after she’s ousted from GOP leadership

The purge is complete: Republicans oust Cheney from leadership post

Trump critics push new direction for GOP

As the GOP implodes, Biden governs

McConnell fully embraces the Big Lie to fight Democrats’ efforts on voting rights and fair elections

‘Mass Psychosis’ May Follow Cheney’s Ouster

Adam Kinzinger Exposes Kevin McCarthy’s Rigged Vote To Boot Liz Cheney

Joe Manchin’s surprisingly bold proposal to fix America’s voting rights problem 

GOP election official in the Arizona county targeted by ballot recount called Trump ‘unhinged’ and said ‘we can’t indulge these insane lies’

The ‘third wave of autocratization’: Analyzing red-state America’s place in a landscape of democratic decay

‘Democrats will proceed to find the truth,’ Pelosi says after Republicans kill Jan. 6 commission

Active Shooter…Only in America | Envisioning The American Dream

Another excellent post from Sally Edelstein on her Envisioning the American Dream blog. The subject matter is not new to anyone who pays any attention to happenings in this country. For the umpteenth million time a person with a legally obtained firearm has terrorized significant portions of the American populace by letting loose a fusillade of bullets in a crowded public venue, killing way too many innocent people trying to go about their ordinary lives in a public grocery store.

Once again, homage is being paid in government circles to the senselessness and unacceptability of such horrific events. Once again, Congress makes noises about the pros and cons of various proposals to deal with the aftermath of such events and to end them for once and for all. It’s truly amazing how such people can spend so much time and energy while accomplishing virtually nothing of substance.

Countless numbers of people have devoted countless hours producing articles and speeches and arguments designed to rid this society of the scourge of the endless perpetuation of such senseless evil allowed to prosper in our midst to no avail. Since I began this blog nearly a decade ago, I have been among the many seeking to put a halt to such unmitigated violence and wanton destruction of any semblance of moral rectitude in the face of such unacceptable evil in the guise of a mythical unrestricted right to bear weapons of improper (or even mass) destruction of the lives of innocent people.

The pronouncements of the disgraced leadership of the National Rifle Association and those politicians who owe that group allegiance based on campaign contributions, which in no small way enable them to gain and retain their hold on political power, provide no acceptable or reasonable excuse for inaction yet again on the part of our elected  representatives in our collective best interests. Tom Cotton and Ted Cruz and all of the other (mostly GOP but including some Democrats as well) folks continuing down this path of inaction is enabling the perpetuation of deliberate evil activity causing immeasurable pain to way too many people far too frequently. Make your voices heard demanding an end to the bloodshed, or at the very least, no longer permitted by those with the power to lessen its burden but lacking the courage to do so. – rjc

Source: Active Shooter…Only in America | Envisioning The American Dream

Top 6 Reasons Not to Give Biden Any New AUMF, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

Now that the Biden Administration seems to be making strides via Executive Orders and legislation (due to Democratic Party control of the US House of Representatives and semi-control of the US Senate, we must put pressure on them to start putting forward effort to make peace rather than wage war. The time has come to end the perpetual wars being waged in the Middle East and to use diplomacy rather than continue waging them with no end in sight.

Furthermore, pressure must be put forth to strengthen Congress’s role in future foreign policy disputes while curtailing the ability of the executive branch to start future military activities. This article, written by David Swanson and posted to the Dandelion Salad blog gives excellent arguments in favor of this proposition. – rjc

Source: Top 6 Reasons Not to Give Biden Any New AUMF, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad

Now What?

Like millions of my fellow Americans, I was suffering Trump fatigue from the time I realized we were in for a minimum sentence of four years under the thumb of the worst would-be authoritarian tyrant ever to occupy the Oval Office as President of the United States of America. Every public pronouncement of his – from his Obama birther fallacies to his tirades aimed at immigrants – promised nothing so much as division and the spread of hatred like we had never seen before.

Once in office, Trump went about trying to accomplish much that was contrary to the moral values of most human beings on this planet, let alone the citizens of the land of the free and the home of the brave. In trying to remake America in his own image, Trump managed to oversee outrageously inhumane treatment of many men, women and children while catering to the desires of white supremacists, racists, misogynists and just about every other sort of right wing extremists imaginable. He constantly displayed a degree of sympathy and empathy towards the undeserving targets of his hateful wrath normally found in rocks and other inanimate objects.

He constantly rails against anyone who dares reject his claims that up is down, black is white and wrong is right. No matter how many times his  many claims of factual reality were debunked as utter nonsense, he persisted in his own omniscience and demanded that others submit to his wisdom and act to carry out his will – regardless of the outcomes to people subjected to his ill-conceived policy decisions. Unfortunately, there were too few dissident voices speaking out against his tyrannical tendencies, and too many followers willing to suspend their own concept of right and wrong and submit to his will unquestionably. Some saw that he was doing stuff that they liked (nominating ultra-conservative judges, building a wall to keep out foreigners wishing to immigrate here, reversing almost any accomplishments achieved by President Obama) or trying not to be ridiculed publicly by his taunts and insulting nicknames.

Donald Trump did a fantastic job of taking the air out of many public debates. He dominated the airwaves at the expense of accomplishing much of anything of value in the way of “Making America Great Again” and improving living conditions for people living here or anywhere else on the planet. With the assistance of many in Congress who knew full well that much of what he was doing was either unconstitutional or morally bankrupt as pertains to how people were being treated in his name, he manages to accomplish something his 44 predecessors never did – get impeached by the House of Representatives for high crimes and misdemeanors.

The unmitigated sophistry that led any senators at all to vote to acquit Trump in either impeachment trial in despicable. He was guilty of everything with which he was charged and more. Topping it off with inciting the debacle at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, after more than two months of undocumented (read here “imaginary” or simply “fictitious”) claims that the election was stolen from him, was simply a bridge too far – for now. Hence Joe Biden sits in the White House while Trump fumes (without use of Twitter, thankfully) in his fat cat resort in Mar-a-Lago.

Gradually, Biden is replacing Trump in the minds of many, gradually eclipsing him in media coverage. We must make progress in all the areas that Trump either ignored or royally screwed up. Minor things like a pandemic which has killed half a million Americans so far, devastating the economy of which Trump was so proud. The fundamental lifestyle changes of millions of Americans need to continue to spur action as the Biden Administration has been doing, rather than ignored as was the case with Trump.

Straightening out the mess that Trump has made of virtually all aspects of American life will not be easy – nor will it be sufficient. We must be striving to improve our lives in all policy areas – foreign and domestic – progressively, not regressively as Trump’s vision was taking us. At the same time, Trump, along with his minions and enablers, do need to be brought to justice.

We must not only eliminate Trump’s ability to successfully usurp our government again in the future. We need to ensure that never again will this country face the disgrace of another Trumpian-style government takeover. We deserve better and we have had to deal with more absolutely insufferable conduct that any freedom and democracy loving people ever should. Peace, and may your post-Trump, post-Covid life be fruitful and fulfilling.

Further Suggested Readings:

There is Nothing More Difficult than Understanding Evil: Dealing with the Evils Unleashed By President Trump

The Scourge of Race Hatred, Anti-Semitism, Holocaust Denial, and Violence Will Continue Long After Trump Leaves Office

A Time to Stand against the Coming Coup of the Trump Cult

Trump incited the storming of the Capitol. Racist policing enabled it

Trump is locked out of Facebook, Twitter after video on Capitol chaos

The Threat of Fascism Rears its Head in Washington, by Pete Dolack + PSL Statement: Trump Incites Fascist Insurrection Against Congress — What Comes Next?

A High Crime, not a Misdemeanor: Hold Trump and His Minions Responsible for their Coup Attempt

Republicans Will Not Rethink or Reconsider…

Resist the Continuing Threat of Terrorist Insurrection by President Trump and His Cult

Opinion: – Did Trump Encourage His Supporters To Riot At U.S. Capital? You Decide

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