Can we reverse Citizens United and other decisions that have handed America over to our oligarchs? Will it start with a solid progressive Democratic majority in Congress?
Well, this is another fine mess we've got here. The Thomas's belong in prison. Or at least OFF the scotus (you gonna tel me ginni's not on the court, and I will answer, wanna bet?)
At the end of "I, Claudius", Claudius says (more or less) "Let all the poisons bubble to the surface". He was talking about the end of the Roman Empire... but really, it fits for the corruption of our higher institutions from the SCOTUS to the House.
Poor America. Poor Planet Earth.
Excellent brief. Your work should be required study in curriculums!
Love it. We need to see and know the truth and you’re one of the best at connecting the dots.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
If there was ever an example of racketeering in America, maybe the Leo-Thomas-Crow connection is it, and sponsored and abetted by the Republican-dominated Supreme Court. Of course, money was not the primary objective - power is - but both are the ultimate objectives.
There will never be in my lifetime, probably not in my adult children's and possibly not in my teenage grandkids' lives anything resembling "a solid progressive Democratic majority in Congress." Use whatever analogy you'd like - loaded dice, thumbs on the scale, whatever - we've gone too far down that road. Pessimist, moi?
The right wingers, have stolen over a hundred trillion dollars in my humble opinion the last 60 years, with failed policies of capitalist healthcare, un funded wars, offshore banking, trickle down, free trade, interest on the national debt, bank bailouts, overpopulation, corporate welfare, bloated military budgets...
We should be living in a utopia, not a dystopia. The Reagan democrats even control the Democrat party.
Without Fox News, right-wing hate radio stations, Twitter and Facebook, it would be a lot harder for the robber barrons to steal everything from the people. Unless the GOP is labeled a terrorist organization and totally disbanded, I don't see any hope for the human race if it is not already too late because of global warming and toxic chemicals and plastic particles. Maybe 3% hope?
AND---we are not exactly killing it on the world stage.
Time to open some eyes and to work our butts off. Here's where we were last year according to this article in The Conversation:
US is becoming a 'developing country' on global rankings that measure democracy, inequality
Kathleen Frydl, Sachs Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
September 15, 2022
"The United States may regard itself as a “leader of the free world,” but an index of development released in July 2022 places the country much farther down the list.
In its global rankings, the United Nations Office of Sustainable Development dropped the U.S. to 41st worldwide, down from its previous ranking of 32nd. Under this methodology – an expansive model of 17 categories, or “goals,” many of them focused on the environment and equity – the U.S. ranks between Cuba and Bulgaria. Both are widely regarded as developing countries.
The U.S. is also now considered a “flawed democracy,” according to The Economist’s democracy index."
This year we came in at 39; we are indeed "it", because we have a long way to go in America.
Our hope? Politicians who cannot be bought, but sometimes I think hope is wearing a threadbare suit.
Wow William, ur a defeatist and pessimist. Maybe get involved locally, get ur kids and grandkids involved. We need support not naysayers. Lets be the change we want to see.
This simply must be shared far & wide! We have no time to waste & the other side has a huge head start! Only if we all stand up as 1 -- united -- can we STOP the END of our freedom & democracy as we've known it.
Many a nation has been complacent when should've been fighting back against the wealthiest few who'd take over their Country & make it function only for them. Do we want to become another "used to have a good life here" nation? Like Putin's Russia & Viktor Orbak's Hungary... that is what the Billionaires & friends have in store for America.
And they've already begun; this is the final stretch!
"Upset with abolition rhetoric in the North and convinced that they were rich because their god wanted them to rule, these southern oligarchs then declared war on the United States itself."
If I may, although the southern oligarchs were fearful of northern abolitionist, what actually motivated South Carolina to secede was the failure of legislation that would make slavery the law of the land through all states. S.C. seceded first, then other slave states followed suit.
Although abolitionist sentiment was behind the failure of that legislation to pass.
These truths really hurt so we must do exactly what Tom says and return a Democratic congress to the people.
.....continued...plan for their future.
We need to plan for ours
We need real opposition to this lifestyle they’ve
decided for themselves and the role they’ve assigned to the majority they are the minority.
This is a collection , in words, of the ways these far right entities have ruined our democracy.
These Oligarchs are miserably greedy , corrupt and dishonest.
Clarence Thomas and his wife Ginny have been a part of that mess for a long time.
When we talk about a corrupt government, who who is supported by a corrupt oligarchy. Including the thoroughly rotten right wing of the Supreme Court (justices??). Those that think they alone can decide if their corrupt
behaviors are indeed corrupt.
And we should believe them.
They have already arranged, by their rulings , to dictate life in this country.
They are clearly finding
Their place in this oligarchy by supporting corruption which has no basis in lawful government.
Of course, lawful doesn’t really interest these people.
Why should it?
They have benefitted hugely from money and gifts from the sordid characters with the nicest ever names to cover up their carnage.
The Heritage Foundation sounds really special.
So far there have been only detriment from their efforts .
An increasing homeless population. More racism. Putting working people down . No protections allowed.
Everything they do is to profit from the people , and then they discard the people.
We need to get very serious about boycotts and methods to increase the number of voters. Of course these vultures have done everything they can to depress the vote for likely Democrats. We need to get the vote back.
And we must send the message clearly that things must change.
However it needs to be done.
Im not advocating use of lethal weapons.
Thats their game.
Why do you think they’ve
Insisted without reason on allowing ‘open carry’‘ regardless of the killings on a daily basis.?
People in this country are reluctant to interfere with their
Billionaires for jingoism and citizens united. Billionaires love SCOTUS.
We don't really have much time. The gop/repubs/fascists evil destroyers aren't planning on a REAL election. They have already screwed up and flat dismissed too much. Democrats need to become much more assertive (even aggressive, but not like vulgar repubs/fascists) when telling people what IS reality. Too many Americans are in denial or are yet ignorant of what danger we are in as a country and as individuals. If an insane psychopath becomes dictator things will get ugly fast. I appreciate all you do. We need good people to speak out against this rot and horror. The rich think they'll be safe.
They won't be for long. Ruthie B
Thom - Sounds like, as of today, there is a job-opening for a good progressive candidate to run for a U.S. Senate seat from the State of Utah... Which good progressive Utah candidate should we support? In what other states are there openings for seats in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate in 2024? We can't "play tag" until we know who is playing and who is available to play. Looks like there may be a good opportunity for a progressive seeking to take a U.S. Senate seat away from Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona in 2024. Should we be putting our support behind U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego, who already has a robust campaign launched to send Sinema into retirement? There are already three great progressives running for what is likely to be an empty U.S. Senate seat from California. We have to coalesce around the strongest of the three. In order to pull off what you are suggesting, Thom, we progressive grassroots organizers are going to have to be very disciplined and collaborative about identifying key U.S. House and U.S. Senate soon-to-be-open seats around the country upon which we can focus our efforts. Following that, we need to identify key progressive potential qualified candidates upon whom we can focus our progressive energies. In order to launch this huge effort, we are, just for starters, going to need some savvy progressive suggestions for possible open seats, and then for progressive candidates who are well positioned to win s U.S. House or U.S. Senate seat if given the proper support. There have been national progressive campaigns to win key U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats in recent years that have been very positively impacted by letter-writing campaigns supporting progressive candidates. Remember, for example, the very powerful letter-writing campaigns between 2019 and 2021 that successfully convinced potentially progressive Georgia voters to cast their votes for John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock for Georgia's two seats in the U.S. Senate! Both were successful! I am confident that those national letter-writing campaigns supporting Ossoff and Warnock were critical to those victories. Let's see whether we can, in a very focused way, stir up "some more good trouble" in other states that are "ripe for progressive picking."