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How Democrats can wipe out the GOP and fix America

Some thoughtful proposals for what should happen if the GOP were to lose their Congressional majorities this fall and the Presidency in 2020. We need to make sure both come to pass, but these steps would help reclaim ground lost during the Trump years and make progress toward a more just and equitable society for us all in the not-too-distant future. The results stand in sharp contrast to the direction that Trump and his Congressional enablers seem bound and determined to achieve should they maintain or strengthen their hold on political power in this country.

I, for one, find unacceptable the notion that the GOP vision (as expressed by the various legislative proposals put forward by them in recent years and even decades) is worth achieving. This is not a vision which would make America Great, but would exacerbate inequalities which already exist while strengthening the economic and political power of the oligarchs who currently hold sway in Washington and way too many state capitals. We need to do this. – RJC


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Gun Control or Gun Nut Control?

In the wake of yet another gun massacre involving students at their own school, debate has been taking place regarding how best to prevent future such occurrences from taking place and making our students safe while attending their places of education   without constant fear for their own personal safety. The usual back and forth between those advocating for stricter gun control and those defending a strict interpretation of Second Amendment rights of Americans to own and bear arms. One apparent difference in the most recent rendition of this hamster wheel-like argument is that the students themselves have become energized to effect the change needed to improve their own situation.

High school students, many of whom will be eligible to vote this coming November in elections of local, regional, state and federal interest, have begun to vocalize their disgust at a failure of their elected officials to basically do anything other than cringe and do nothing to raise the ire of the National Rifle Association and other groups lobbying for the interests of the gun manufacturers in this country. They have begun protests at their local schools, as well as at state legislatures and Congress, to stop the steady drip, drip, drip of hand-wringing and praying which always follows such events and ends with virtually no change in legislation at any level that will prevent the next massacre.

In this instance, President Trump himself (a major beneficiary of NRA campaign cash in the 2016 election which propelled him to his current position) conducted a highly publicized forum for students, parents and others who have been victimized by such events to voice their concerns and calls for effective action to take place to make sure they and others will not have to continue to live in fear just to go to school, church or anywhere else that has seen mass killing sprees involving guns attacking unsuspecting innocent people in the course of carrying out their everyday lives. As is his wont, the President deplored such activity and expressed sadness for the losses suffered by the friends and families of the deceased, while proposing a path forward to ameliorate the problem.

At times, President Trump has proposed fixes that include banning bump stocks (which were used to devastating effect last October in the Las Vegas concert slaughter, but not in Lakeland, FL), raising the legal age for purchasing an assault weapon from 18 to 21, and training and arming teachers and other school employees to act more quickly in responding to these situations than local police and other first responders can ordinarily provide. In Florida, the initial state legislative response to the crisis involved refusing to even discuss proposals to curtail availability of assault weapons or strengthen controls over their purchase and possession. Since then, further action has resulted in a somewhat more appropriate response in the form of new laws which at least show that they are hearing the outrage at their refusal to address the concerns of their own constituents. That’s a far cry from an adequate response to the issues involved, but a start.

As far as Congress is concerned – it isn’t. Mitch McConnell came straight out and said the Senate wouldn’t be in any hurry to do anything at all to do with guns. Priority lays with deregulating Wall Street so they can ripoff consumers and tank the economy like they did under George W. Bush, raking in record profits and then getting bailed out  at taxpayer expense when their house of cards come crashing down again. Some Democrats seem to like that idea, too, so the GOP don’t get to take all the blame. As for the House, they don’t want to take on the NRA, either, and there are still budget issues to be ironed out. The media appear to oblige this penchant for inaction by focusing in on whatever new distraction the President feels the need to foist upon them in rapid succession, be it the firing of another cabinet secretary or other White House staffer, claims of willingness to arrange meetings with a long-time enemy nation’s leader for the purpose of historic negotiations to establish a lasting peace, or ____ (fill in the blank with your own favorite story of the day or week which involves as little actual doing as possible).

Most of the proposals made by the President to date are window dressing which will accomplish little. Raising the legal age for purchase of a semi-automatic military assault weapon (such as the AR-15 used in the Florida attack) to anything younger that the buyer’s age at death will do little or nothing to eliminate their easy availability. Ban them for civilian use. The NRA will scream and yell and throw money at legal suits and politicians to reverse this, just like they did before. Repealing the assault weapons ban did not make us any safer. The guns themselves do not discriminate in who uses them for what purpose – nor do the bullets discriminate as to whom or what they kill, maim, deface, destroy or otherwise negatively affect.

The broad-based movement in many state legislatures to allow for easier acquisition of concealed-carry permits and allow weapons to be carried in such a manner in more and more places legally, which has wide support among the leadership of the NRA and gun nuts like Ted Nugent, seems to operate under the assumption that the solution to gun violence is to arm everyone – or at least enough that if some bad guy starts shooting at innocent people, a good guy (or woman) will be nearby. armed and willing to act to stop them. We should all go to the mall, school, church, ballpark, grocery store, bank, etc. armed to defend ourselves? Some of these people obviously watch too many action movies.

There need to be gun-free zones, contrary to Donald Trump’s parroting of the NRA talking point. There is a valid reason for having these. Hypocrites like the NRA (which doesn’t allow guns at their conventions, to the best of my knowledge), 2nd Amendment absolutist Congress-critters (ever see an angry Senator or Rep wave their six shooter in a pique of anger during a debate on the floor of the House or Senate?) and others who favor open or concealed carry in public venues such as schools, churches, hospitals, bars and basically anywhere else you can think of are just plain wrong.

Arming teachers is one of the most ridiculous proposals Trump has made since becoming President. Schools are supposed to be places for learning, not armed camps. As much as the actual architecture often looks like they have a similar purpose, schools are also not meant to be prisons with armed guards keeping the inmates under control. The way to curtail gun usage in schools, places of worship and places for commerce or recreation is NOT to increase the number of guns in attendance, but to reduce that number – to as close to zero as possible. As far as I know, I attended numerous primary, secondary and university classes with absolutely no guns in them. Ever. I was not even born before the invention of gunpowder. Same goes for churches and most stores. Because I haven’t flown anywhere since 9/11/01, I’ve never even had to remove my shoes and socks to board a plane.

Perhaps the times have changed too much to expect such sanity to prevail in schools these days, but it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to imagine a country capable of reducing the amount of gun violence its citizens are subject to a level more easily tolerable than what we have now. Maybe a trip to Australia or the UK? I’m not talking about a totalitarian police state like North Korea or whatever country you choose to pick as an example of why we have the right to bear arms in the name of freedom and liberty. Heck some of the people living in countries with sensible gun control laws actually profess to be happier than most Americans. They certainly don’t have to participate in lockdown drills in the course of their education.

Ban the guns that are doing the most harm and use thorough background checks to limit who may purchase weapons for personal defense or hunting, if they feel they must – and do a better job of making them use them responsibly. That would include ensuring that someone other than the owner has access to the guns, the guns can’t be used to emulate Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo in JFK Elementary School and people are legally prevented from venturing armed into places where guns are prohibited.

The students spearheading these current protests are to be commended, not punished. We all need to stand up to the NRA and any other force that seeks to put our lives in lower regard than the rights of those who wish to be allowed easy access to the most lethal means yet invented to end them. We must encourage them and join in their efforts to do everything in our power to change the status quo by electing people who will likewise stand up to the NRA and other gun industry lobbyists and win against opponents who depend so heavily on campaign contributions from the pro-gun lobby that they cannot maintain their positions without killing legislation which would keep more of us alive.

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The NRA’s plan to “harden” schools is terrifying

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A Revolution By Any Other Name – Dandelion Salad

Thoughts to ponder while trying to deal with the day-to-day chaos of the Trump Administration as presented through the lens of mass media these days. – RJC


The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad March 9, 2018 There are some who mince their steps and words, who hush the bold and outspoken, who advise moderation. But, a revolution by any other name does not smell as sweet. Reform does not cut it. Resistance is not…

Source: A Revolution By Any Other Name – Dandelion Salad

Cold War Redux

When I saw that Putin had pulled a Trump and bragged about his new and improved nuclear weaponry, I knew that we were now going to face yet another round of nuclear arms race with Russia that will no doubt dwarf the tiff Trump has been having with North Korea. Yet another excuse to ramp up our already bloated Pentagon budget.

Can’t wait to hear what our trigger-happy President has to say about the size of his nuclear button now. Will he decide to continue ignoring Putin’s authoritarianism and treating him as a “friend” (or at least not a threat) as opposed to his expressed belligerence towards towards North Korea and Iran?

Congress needs to stop refusing to do its Constitutional duty and keep our imperial President accountable on military matters before things spin out of control all over again (or should I say still?). – RJC

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Collage of appropriated images Sally Edelstein "Supersizing the Superpower"

Are we off on the cold war arms race again?

As the supersizing of the superpowers begins anew, let the nuclear sabre rattling begin .

With Putin boasting about his powerful invincible nuclear weapons and Trump wanting to ramp up America’s nuclear arsenal for fear we’ve fallen behind, this nuclear arsenal ambition is déjà vu. all over again.

The big chill of the cold war seems a bit too close for comfort.

Supersizing the Superpower

For those of us who grew up during the 1950’s and 1960’s the cold war culture of  an arms race  was a subtext of our lives. It was a time when most Americans assumed the Unites States and the Soviets stood continually on the brink of nuclear war.

With the threat of  nuclear attack breathing down our necks, and our misguided fear of a gaping missile gap, we needed to build up our arsenal of…

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Compare US mass shootings and gun control to Germany, China, Russia, Switzerland and Australia — Quartz

The title of this reblog from Quartz speaks for itself. Why does the US refuse to accept proven solutions to mass shootings enacted by other countries? Even if we don’t want to emulate the governments of Russia and China, what of the others? The NRA and gun manufacturers have way too much sway in our politics as well as increasingly so in our everyday lives. – RJC


Source: Compare US mass shootings and gun control to Germany, China, Russia, Switzerland and Australia — Quartz

Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: ‘We call BS’ – CNN

Strong speech calling for action to prevent future gun massacres like the one at the school in Lakeland, Florida on Valentine’s Day that she attends. Many of these students will be eligible to vote this November. Surely their parents and teachers will.  Let’s make more come of this incident than the lame “thoughts and prayers” platitudes that normally follow these tragedies leading to nothing further than the next senseless slaughter. – RJC

Source: Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: ‘We call BS’ – CNN

Balancing the Budget on the Backs of the Working Poor

When it recently passed a sweeping tax “reform” bill which President Trump promptly signed into law, Congress gave the wealthiest among us and our largest corporations an enormous holiday gift with little mention of how it would ultimately be paid for or the long-term consequences on our society as a whole. After a second short government shutdown, Congress agreed to pass some government resolutions designed to fund the government for two years, raise spending for both defense and non-defense purposes beyond the limits set by sequestration, and avoid a further threat of government shutdown while avoiding any decisions on immigration reform for the time being (which some of them obviously hope means forever, or at least till they are ready to retire).

At least as far back as the Reagan Administration, similar efforts have been made to exacerbate an already unseemly and obscene degree of economic inequality in a supposedly egalitarian society that prides itself on at least a semblance of equality of opportunity to achieve great heights from even the humblest of beginnings. When these cuts are passed, revenues are supposed to be magically raised by the investments of our wealthy scions and their benevolent capitalist enterprises creating an economic boon beyond all imagination. Such boon never seems to occur – at least not to the extent fantasized by these economic Merlins – leaving perpetually ever-larger budget deficits, which are never mentioned or fretted about until there is a power shift in Congress and/or the White House over to the Democrats.

This changing of the guard when Clinton and Obama came to power brought the religion of austerity to the GOP faithful, who now portrayed the Democrats as spendthrifts of the highest order, requiring bringing about severe cutbacks in spending on anything that helps out anyone in need of something they cannot afford to buy on the open market (i.e. – anyone not rich). Military spending is usually off the table for these cuts. Wars being fought need to be won (whatever that means) regardless of cost. The idea is to retain the tax cuts for the wealthy without endangering their safety by reducing spending on bombs and bullets. These folks know not of wanting for creature comforts, let alone meeting the needs of economic survival faced by workers being paid poverty wages.

Social Safety net programs begun under FDR in the New Deal Era to try to meet the needs of a society faced with the economic devastation of the Great Depression (brought on to a great degree by Capitalist excesses overseen by previous Republican leadership) and continued in the anti-poverty and civil rights campaigns that followed have never been widely favored in GOP circles or among many of the corporate elites. Many seem to have the attitude that this is a great country (let’s make it great again!) Anyone who is facing economic hardship does so because they have failings as human beings. Programs designed to equalize opportunity for those who live in poverty, take care of the disabled and in need of medical care, meet basic needs for food, shelter, clothing, etc. encourage lazy people to remain lazy and expect the rest of us to do everything for them. Actually, that’s the way many of us view people like Donald Trump, who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and seemed to have everything granted to him along the way by virtue of inherited wealth and privilege, but I digress.

Taking military spending and insane war perpetuation off the table for budget discussions leaves the GOP with domestic political issues and spending to fight over. Those Social Safety Net Programs designed to put a somewhat humanitarian face on the predatory capitalistic and Social Darwinism espoused by so many people like Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan and others among the Republican elected leaders (Donald Trump is a charter member, his public objections to be labelled as such to the contrary) are seen by many of the moneyed interests as mere sops to alleviate potential uprisings among us lower class folks that might cause violent uprisings and threaten their precarious status. When push comes to shove, they’ll hang onto those tax cuts before they’ll see the need for a more equitable and fair distribution of the resources we all must share as well as the burdens involved in producing the goods and services we all require.

Despite campaign promises not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – three major safety net programs designed to make life easier (or even possible in some cases) for the young, the elderly and the infirm among us – will most assuredly be under attack as soon as the con used to sell these tax cuts becomes all too apparent to everyone fooled enough to put this government in place.  People with little ability to pay for health care or sustenance otherwise will be asked to tighten their belts, forego eating some meals, wait awhile longer before visiting the doctor or not buying necessary medication – just because it’s too much to ask a person to pay a tax on their billion dollar inheritance or a multimillionaire entertainer or entrepreneur to pay a slightly higher tax rate than they do now. Heck, they might have to forego a round of golf a month or something equally tragic.

This country used to be much kinder to lower income people with less wealth than it is now. When I went to college, for instance, it was much easier to attain  college degree that actually meant something in terms of future economic opportunity than it is now. These days, it seems most of the help being offered to non-athletic scholarship folks involves being saddled with mountains of debt that may never be entirely paid off. That same lack of funding for education is tending to affect public K-12 education in other ways. Schools are dropping programs, academic and non-academic, that we of past generations took for granted due to cost. The generation that was so generous with us when it came to using resources to educate us has been replaced by one that either cannot or will not do so for its children.

The farce that passes for an immigration debate these days is another example of how the powers that be continue to divide us from people who share our own best interests while enabling themselves to maintain their privileged economic and political status. We should e fighting for workers’ rights worldwide rather than supporting President who is promising to keep good jobs here while deporting hard-working people and employing workers in countries who labor under horrendous conditions for a pittance making stuff he and his family can sell at a handsome profit to us.

Make America Great by making the world better – for all of us. Don’t listen to the snake oil salesmen (and women). Most of us don’t need snake oil. Probably not god for the arteries, anyway. We certainly don’t need a periodic rehashing of failed economic policies from dead ex-presidents and those who did their bidding. You don’t make a society better by closing it off by building walls between nations, deporting people who either look, talk or think differently that you in unimportant ways. Creating false and faulty justifications for creating a society that gives you undeserved power over others’ very livelihoods, health, prosperity and ability to influence the world around them may help you feel good about yourself, but it certainly does not make you a great or good person. Stop trying to make society a competitive capitalistic jungle and make it a cooperative enterprise that values us all.

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Swamps and S**tholes

The recent chaos reigning in Washington, DC and our federal government illustrates very well the ineptitude of the leadership displayed by our President and the Congressional Leadership of both House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority leader McConnell. The dustup created in a meeting which was supposed to resolve a logjam regarding the ambiguous status of the Dreamers ( those protected from deportation under the Obama policy of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA). This ambiguity became more urgent recently when President Trump vowed to end the policy forthwith unless Congress did its job of legislating a solution by early March..

There is something to be said for getting Congress to end its refusal to act on immigration reform. As long ago as 2013, the Senate managed to pass a bipartisan bill aiming to do just that, but it died in the House because Speaker Boehner refused to even bring it to the floor for a vote due to the fact that a majority of House Republicans would not support it. The need for comprehensive immigration reform has been evident for decades and served as a major campaign point for Candidate Donald Trump in running for his current position. Demonizing and misrepresenting immigrants as stealing jobs from hard working Americans, being violent members of drug cartels and violent street gangs, as well as budding terrorists in training, allowed Trump to portray himself as a string voice seeking to rectify major societal problems for many of his backers while pointing out the failing of will on the parts of establishment politicians in both Congress and the Obama Administration.

When the President allegedly bemoaned the notion that a vast number of those seeking legal immigrant status here come from Central American, Caribbean and African nations (referred to in most reputable accounts at the time as “sh*thole” nations) rather than more civilized (read predominantly white) nations such as Norway, the stage was set for another unproductive political bluster resulting in continued inaction. The understandable international outrage over the President’s remarks, regardless of the half-hearted denials that he actually made those inflammatory remarks at all or they were exaggerations made by his political opponents (of both parties) just added to the fact that the President was withdrawing support from a compromise deal at the behest of hardline immigration opponents both within his Administration and in Congress.

The nations he has mentioned as being “sh*thole” nations include nations in Africa and in this hemisphere where people have sought to come to this country for totally understandable reasons. Many live in countries with extremely oppressive regimes, rife with violence, poverty and/or recently subjected to devastating natural disasters and/or military conflict. People in general do not want to uproot their families and move thousands of miles just to become petty criminals or even terrorist masterminds. They want to shed themselves and their loved ones of hindrances to their health and wellbeing, as well as future prospects for happiness and possibly even prosperity that do not seem attainable in their current circumstances. Many of them are suffering under circumstances either directly or indirectly attributable to foreign policy positions and military actions taken by the United States. The current Middle East turmoil and the effects of our War on Drugs are but two cases in point.

Why in hell would anyone want to leave Norway to come live in the United States on a permanent basis? They have much less poverty, economic inequality and violent crime than we have, while also suffering from the beneficial effects of far more universally accessible health care in a more equitable society. Yet our fearless leader wants to welcome wealthy immigrants who more closely resemble him ethnically and racially than those who would have greater incentive to want to move here and excel in becoming productive contributing members of our society and economy.

The immigration proposals made so far by the far right and Trump seek to not only resolve the issues of the DACA recipients, but also to uproot millions of other productive and otherwise non-criminal people who have lived and worked here for years without raping, robbing, assaulting or killing anyone. By singling out what they refer to as “chain immigration” as something to be discouraged, many of these people who profess a desire to encourage “family values” simultaneously seek to encourage people from other countries to cut all ties with their own families to immigrate here.

Over the long (or short, depending on your perspective) history of this country, new immigrants have often been maligned by those immigrants already here for many of the same reasons spouted by Trump and the radical right extremists calling for mass deportations, even stricter extreme vetting, providing ever stricter border militarization and harsher punishment for violations of the immigration laws. Racism and nativism provide only a smokescreen to distract from the fact that such arguments are specious at best. Facts do not bear out claims such as those that Trump has made in the past few years referring to Islamic, Hispanic and other people seeking to live here Demagoguery does not change reality, it merely channels frustrations into ill-advised and misdirected violence against innocent people who are doing nothing worthy of provoking it.

If American foreign policy and military interventionism/occupation were not a major contributor to the worldwide turmoil that causes so much forced and unforced mass migrations of people, some would still exist, no doubt. But far less would be evident if not for the massive weapons sales made for the profit of American arms manufacturers. If our government and military were not acting far and wide to keep repressive governments in place to help ensure easy access to natural resources available in those countries but desired for use here (including the resource of human labor), perhaps people would have less incentive to uproot themselves and move so far from their birthplaces.

In an ideal world (at least in my mind) immigration laws would be neither desirable nor necessary, as would national or any other artificial borders – let alone monstrous walls that do little but mar the landscape, waste precious resources and spread ill-will among people on both sides. Never have I heard talk from the Trump side of the immigration debate that sincerely addresses any humanitarian concerns for the people being targeted for apprehension, detention and deportation – only the largely fabricated fear-mongering of the non-existent evil that they are allegedly threatening those of us who were born here with. But then, the Trump side of this debate is also on the wrong side when it comes to compassion for young, old, disables, sick and/or poor people who live among us but can’t be legally deported. President Trump and his followers need to stop displaying the utter contempt they have been showing the vast majority of even their own voters and learn such values as compassion, humility, sympathy and empathy for the plight of others. Wage peace instead of trying to incite war. Help and heal others rather than hurting and stealing from them. Expand rights and regulate sources of harm, rather than restricting rights in order to satisfy greed of elites (such as Trump) at the expense of the rest of us – regardless of country of origin.

Don’t forget what these politicians are trying to do to us when November rolls around.

Further Suggested Reading:

On "Shithole Countries": Well, What Did You Expect From Our Racist President?

‘Sh*thole Countries’: Trump Uses the Rhetoric of Dictators

‘Completely Racist’: Edwidge Danticat on Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Remark Targeting Africa, Haiti

Trump’s Attack on Salvadoran Migrants

How Republicans normalized Donald Trump’s racism

In Norway, Trump’s comments on immigration rejected as backhanded praise

Racist Groups Are Loving Trump’s “Shithole” Comment: “He’s On The Same Page As Us”

Annotated: White House justification of President Trump’s racist remarks – Southern Poverty Law Center

Upon signing the Immigration Bill of 1965, President Johnson said that it was one of the most important acts of his administration

Our President, the White Supremacist

Norway to Trump: Keep Your Gold-Plated Sh*t Hole

Of “Shitholes” and Liberals

The U.S. Has Treated Poor Countries Like Sh*tholes for Decades

Ann Jones, Beware the Viking Hordes

Trump rails against immigrants from ‘sh*thole’ Africa and Haiti in angry Oval Office rant: report

The World Unites to Denounce Donald Trump’s Racist "S**thole" Comments

UN Condemns Donald Trump’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Remark as Racist

“Why Would We Come?” Norwegians Respond To Trump’s Immigration Offer

You Don’t Need a Telescope to Find a ‘Shithole Country’

Because Mr Trump… Your Country Caused These ‘Shitholes’

Why the Majority of Americans Despise Trump’s Washington

As Long As Rights Are Trampled, There Will Be Forced Migration

The Alt-Right is Killing People | Southern Poverty Law Center

Another fine document from the Southern Poverty Law Center. This one discusses violence perpetrated by the Alt-Right as well as inroads they continue to make recruiting young white American males with the express intent of fomenting a White Supremacist agenda in this country. – RJC


Source: The Alt-Right is Killing People | Southern Poverty Law Center

Calling Il Trumpe’s Bluff

Reblog of a post by Mike the Mad Biologist on what Congressional Democrats should be willing to concede in order to avoid another government shutdown come Friday. Makes sense to me (otherwise it wouldn’t make sense for me to post it, right?).

Mike the Mad Biologist

Regarding the possibility of another government shutdown, we’ll outsource this to BooMan (boldface mine):

As for the Dreamers, as much as I’m concerned for them, it’s not a good idea to pay a ransom for them. Trump has set this up as a way to fundamentally alter our entire immigration system in a very unfair and racist way, and that’s not a trade worth making for hostages that the GOP does not want to deport en masse while television cameras capture the indefensibly sad and outrageous stories. A bluff must be called here. I hate to say it, but it’s the right thing to do in these circumstances.

So, if that means a shut down, that’s fine with me. And if that means the DACA protections lapse, that’s a price the Democrats have to be willing to pay. It’s right on the politics and it’s right on the merits.

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