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Thom, this report is extremely enlightening! If it doesn’t wake up some of the “dead beats” in our society, nothing will!

Bottom line with all of this is real simple.

We MUST, MUST, get to the polls every single time there is an election. It doesn’t matter if it’s for local, state, federal. We must vote BLUE 💙💙💙💙 in every election group m here on until we completely eliminate the current Republican Party and replace those in our Congress with younger, more Democratic leaders that want to take us on into the next decades with improvements to our society, our way of life, our democracy, and by all means, KEEPING OUR CONSTITUTION INTACT!

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Nov 24, 2023·edited Nov 25, 2023

Alexandria Pelosi, Nancy's daughter, is a documentarian and in she produced a document titled: 2009: Right America: Feeling Wronged – Some Voices from the Campaign Trail

She asked a stereotypical redneck, toothless in bib overalls living in a single wide with trash strewn around, how he felt about food stamps . He replied, he was against them as they went to them lazy coloreds. She pointed out that he received food stamps, to which he replied. That's OK because I earned them, and that is the reason red states don't have Medicaid and other social services.

They believe that welfare exists for "them there nigrahs", and are perfectly happy taking a hit, so long as "them lazy nigrahs" don't get any help

And in 2016 they found a champion and have stuck with him since -the genesis of MAGA.

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It has always been obvious to me that Red State and specifically Republican policies kill people, and in general after 2 generations have lived past Reagan many do not have the institutional knowledge of government existing for the people. I am currently in Europe, where this is really clear. Even if the Netherlands just voted in a Nazi, he is a Nazi who is promising to do things for his people, not just telling them to tighten their belts and pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and eschew government handouts, which is what they pretend health care, child care support, and education support is. So, there is a lot of ignorance as to what the government is supposed to be, and clearly even many who were alive before Reagan seem not to have grasped the concepts. It is very sad indeed.

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Trump is responsible for the high death toll for a number of reasons. First, he is a sociopath who is incapable of feeling empathy for anyone else. He admitted in his interview with Bob Woodward that he deliberately minimized the severity of the pandemic and undersold the risks we faced. He also later said “I take no responsibility at all” for the numbers of people with long COVID or those who died of the disease. Second, I also think Trump had no clue about what to do about a

pandemic, and he has a well-known contempt for experts. Dr. Birx was willing to cater to Trump’s ego and need for adulation, but Dr. Fauci was not. Trump’s ego caused him to get angry with Dr. Fauci because Trump felt the attention should be on himself. He encouraged his faithful to mock Dr. Fauci and to blame him for altering his advice once scientists learned more about the virus and its working. Trump refused to take responsibility for pandemic planning, left it up to the individual states to take action, and tasked his incompetent and clueless son-in-law to obtain personal protective gear.

Trump refused to invoke his power to speed up production of N95 masks and personal protective gear for hospital workers. He does deserve some credit for funding development of RNA vaccines, but his worshippers fell under the influence of the antivaxxers and seemed to think that they would be immune from

the effects of COVID. Their beliefs killed some of them, left others with long COVID, or seriously sickened others.

The shame of many red states was that their governors refused to take the virus seriously and wanted to keep their states open to benefit big business. The most

callous expression of this was when Texas

Lt. Gov. Dan (Goeb) Patrick said that older people should be willing to give their lives to get the economy moving again. Patrick

claims he was misquoted, but he wasn’t.

Andrew Cuomo of New York (a Democrat) made a dumb decision to put COVID patients in nursing homes, which only made medically fragile people sick. The red state governors like DeSantis, Lee and Abbott refused to take the pandemic seriously, and DeSantis has seriously undercounted the numbers of sick, dead,

and disabled people.

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Well written and documented advice. Please tell me what, as an individual very concerned about the loss of our Democarcy forever, I can do to help get out the vote.

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I just had a thought in connection with this and in connection with what I was writing about yesterday that highlights a point that is often missed. Every time the time changes for the daylight savings adjustment causing a lot of inconvenience and griping, and when we see women and doctors threatened with punishment for having or performing an abortion, or guns killing people unnecessarily, restrictions on what teachers can say in their classrooms, Medicaid expansion being rejected, etc., etc., it is not merely that conservatives are in positions of power. The primary mechanism by which the damages are inflicted on people is through the passage of bad laws implementing bad ideas. Bad laws are being passed in red states at an accelerating pace. We are law-abiding people and we typically obey those bad laws and the laws can easily alter perceptions and the way people behave and think. We need to focus on examining precisely how laws change people and society and how bad laws can be eliminated. Laws are not just words on paper. Some of the worst of these laws have had a phenomenal effect on the culture because of how young people are profoundly affected in their daily lives. I have spent my entire adult life studying how compulsory attendance laws create mayhem and defeat the purposes of schooling and personal educational endeavors. Elections matter because elected officials enact laws and laws matter because they determine how we will think, act, and design a future existence. Voting and democracy have to be about knowing what policies and legislation are about and it will take much more than sound bites and civics classes to turn this ship around. Without democracy in school, we are nowhere.

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The question that I find more perplexing is how do we get these statistics out to the general public? The main stream media is simply not interested in sharing verifiable, scientific and well researched information with the public that favors the Democrats. I've given up on trying to influence the main stream media and am focusing on outreach through Spoutible, emails, resistance work.

The "handwriting is on the wall" for 2024 - We MUST GOTV for Dems or watch America become a fascist, authoritarian country led by the oligarchs and corporations they run. I find this a truly frightening, but possible, scenario.

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I remember when the Republicans were simply the party of "No".

How quickly things devolve when left unchecked. The SOP of obstruction at all costs by the GOP has led to the rapid putrefaction of the party. They are now simply the party of Death - death to anyone not on the Right side of the gold curtain. Pretty sure that's almost everyone.

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Thom, you are spot on! It all goes down hill when the Republi -Con party of lies supported by billionaires, evangelicals, and a right wing supreme (inferior) Court justices along with all of the undesirables takes over. These people do not work for the common good but instead for the money. Follow thepmey and you find who wants this done with the repo's as the right arm.

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If you pull the Red States out what would the life expectancy be for the remaining Blue states?

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In Arizona, the Democrats won several offices of major importance due to the fact of so many death, destruction and dictatorship voters dying off. And then they claim to voter fraud? Satan is always after them?

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Dr. Stephen Bezruchka covers this issue in his latest book, "Inequity Kill Us All." I taped podcast with him last week: https://youtu.be/Wqaxd1kg-JA?si=9E8n-0vlS7_ySwJ5

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Hatred is the glue that keeps the current GOP cohesive. Without it, you no longer have the perhaps well-intentioned government haters joining the basket of "deplorables". It is interesting how the old school GOP took umbrage at Hillary's remark, and now they have fully embraced the disgusting ones and THEIR criminal psychopath Trump. Nothing to look forward to with them, just an even lower life expectancy.

Like toxic parents, spouses, and bosses they will try to convince us that we are worthless. According to them: We're not worth the cost of decent health care, fair wages, and affordable housing. Poor people are a burden and just eaters. The un-housed and mentally ill should depend on charities for all the help they need. Pregnant women and children have no choice. For their god, which is money, we must suffer.

We can get out the vote, and we can make living longer worth it. I just saw an event where Cenk Uyger stated he's convinced we can get money out of politics. It won't be easy, but YES THE HELL WE CAN! Pretty sure Thom thinks we can---perhaps it's one of the reasons he must write.

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Mussolini. Corporations, companies, etc. will continue to stand upon people as long as they stand apart, above all else. Religion? Christianity, what does your Bible say about gluttony and greed? What does that tell you about the golden toilet of Trump? What does your Bible say about lying? Show me the law, even state where it is legal abortion after birth? Lie? Trump always tells the truth? Preacher telling, TELLING, his congregation to KILL homosexuals, FREEDOM? Preacher claiming democrats are demons & devils? No, there's proof, but FREEDOM? LIBERTY? Does our Declaration of Independence say EQUAL? Do "We the People" vote for representatives? See, people answer those questions, then they decide not to be MAGA. Paul

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Thanks. And we have been doing that.

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So have many of us. And we have been there, and are still saying it.

Good to know that our European neighbors understand the threat we are facing.

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