Is there no way to get those military promotions through? Why can one Senator hold these up?

One thing the last 7 years has done is shine a light on how our government works. And it isn’t pretty. From the Electoral College that handed Trump the Presidency, the obscene power of Mitch McConnell that gave us the current SCOTUS, the ridiculous manufactured debt ceiling crisis (over and over), to Tubberville’s stranglehold.

Why do the other 99 members of the Senate bring pressure to bear to get Tubberville to relent?

Why are the citizens not up in arms and marching in the streets?

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if only we were a matriarchal society;

Native American

"A good heart and a good mind - those are what you need to be a chief."

--Louis Farmer, ONONDAGA

The combination of heart and mind is very powerful. The Medicine Wheel teaches that two worlds exist - the seen and the unseen. The seen world is the physical and the unseen is the spiritual world. Both of the worlds are necessary to discover true reality. The seen world is easiest seen by the male side. The unseen is easiest seen by the female side. The heart is the unseen and the mind is the seen. Blessed is the leader or person who has developed the heart and the mind. Truly, the person is of tremendous value to the Creator and the people.

My Great Spirit, help me this day to develop both my female side and my male side. Let me know all the feelings of each, let me develop and grow my intuition and my mind. Let my development only serve You.

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Sadly, as Thom details the malevolent fascist attempts to destroy our democracy, too many Americans are willing to look the other way and justify violence while blocking basic human rights for the rest of us. Anything these fascists don’t like from voting rights for minorities,including women, to self determination of health care, to books they object to, to workers having a voice in workplace safety conditions, is fair game to destroy. These fascists are BS artists, full of self- righteousness, their ideology based on false claims and total bigotry. As an American I am totally disgusted with the Republicans who sit on the fence and are waiting to see which way the legal cases against tRump are blowing to take a stand against the mafia lawlessness of the fascist Maggat infestation in this country. Hopefully when tRump is finally convicted of his many crimes some of the electorate and legislators supporting this career conman criminal will peel off and support the rule of law but I’m doubtful we’ll see these people coming back from their conspiracy filled la la land of Opposite Day beliefs. In the meantime we have Opposite Day in Congress with “weaponization of government” hearings by Republicans (blaming Biden which is laughable on its face), whistleblowers who are actually indicted as foreign spy’s and on the run from prosecution, presenting tainted evidence as “something something “ to nail the “ Biden crime family “, UFOs ARE AMONG Us!!! and on and on. What a total clown show. If I was a card carrying Republican I would be cringing and running as fast as I could toward the sane party- the Democrats are trying to improve the lives of average Americans.

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The Republican Party is a bat-shit crazy party. We need principled people in office. All these useless trouble making goons need to be impeached. Let’s start at the top with Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. All there decisions based on conflict of interest need to be reviewed. Then work down to the senate and house. There is a lot of garbage there. It’s time to clean house. Thankfully we have Jack Smith on it.

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Biden has the tools to bypass the senate, he can use the same tools that Trump used, appoint acting commanders and heads, he can also use the method historically used, a good example is George Armstrong Custer, who was a Lt and Brevetted to General. Brevetted is a way to skip the regular promotions, the brevetted wear the rank, but not the pay and benefits, but can be officially promoted later.

Also the Senate can over ride the rules that give one senator so much power, that he can bring the Senate and government to a grinding halt. Perhaps even Biden using Article II to declare and emergency and an executive order to fill the vacancies.

He could have done that with the debt limit crisis, but didn't, causing me to wonder, whose side is he really on and why.

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This scares me much more than the packed Supreme Court. Ultimately they are 9 people and could be ignored or dismissed. Not true of a heavily armed military, considered the best in the world.

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I do not understand how one senator can be a hold on appointments. Does not the senate have the means to overide or censure Tubverville, for subverting national security?

Biden should at least follow Trumps lead and appoint acting this or that. Also the military has a method for promotion that doesn't require approval,

Brevetting: a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold temporarily a higher military rank without the appropriate pay and allowances. verbWord forms: -vets, -vetting, -vetted, -vets, -veting or -veted. The official promotion with pay and allowances can come later, with back pay.

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Waiting over 2 years to start prosecuting the instigators of the coup is actually just enabling them. If Biden had appointed a different attorney general, he would probably have a 20-point lead in the polls and we would have a democratic Congress and supreme Court by now! I think Biden is controlled by the same people who control the Republican party. I vote Democrat for socialism, not for Biden. The fascist cannot name one nation without ANY socialism, that is not a failed third world mess. Ask them sometime to name one. I would like to see a reporter ask that question to any of the fascists.

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Again, chilling history, largely invisible in most of our news sources. Thanks Thom.

Generally speaking our 3 branches of government are unstably dependent on narrow margins of victory, which lead to complete overturns ...magnifying the power of individuals. Yet we also hear that countries with one of the many forms of parliamentary democracy lack our checks and balances, which today are failing us. Isn't there a softer, more proportional way to define power and reach, across the spectrum of election winners and losers?

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The Senate can change the rules and they should, but why give-up your own fiefdom to have democracy.?! Can't publicly say what I really want to do about the likes of Tuberville, Cruz, and Rand Paul because I don't need anything else added to my FBI file. Maybe I flatter myself, but I have created my share of good trouble.

Great info. Everyone needs to know the name of their plan to destroy anything and anybody that would stop corporations from decimating the planet and our lives. We really are back to the basics of fascism. Heritage's publishing of Project 2025 makes it easy for us to understand, even if the word fascism has become a little more complicated.

And back to Tuberville, does he even understand that he's a senator? Someone that is easily traced and regularly photographed? Lying about being at the Jan 5th meeting just makes him look stupid. That tracks, since he belongs to Trump and apparently is just like him.

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Just yesterday we were discussing the tuberville fiasco. Why does 1 person in the Senate have the power to stop this .

We thought then hes waiting till there is authoritarian rule of this country so they have control

Over the military . Its a very important position . He should be charged w some kind of obstruction. He was involved in the January sixth insurrection.

Charge him.

The apparent plans of the

Right throughout are to continue to reestablish our Democracy as an authoritarian nightmare.

And its well funded by the same people that supported another nightmare , DJT.

Who has caused more anguish and disgrace to this country in these last several years, not to mention , expense,

But they think its well worth it to have the power to establish themselves as director of a shield erected to keep wealth and power in a few , the rest of us can rot.

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If trump is reelected, the rubes who fall for his con will be tremendous losers. They will cling to their deification of trump and place the blame on those who stand to lose even more. It's perfect. Bill Murray's movie, 'Larger than Life,' has a quote that sums up trump's entire existence: "Always be a carny. Never be a rube."

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Can't something be done to get past one crooked old man with daddy issues? For me it's seems impossible that one person can stop the inner workings of the U.S. military. How is that not impossible?

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I agree, C. Jacobs. PS You do not need to write me back, but yes, your writing here is correct IMO. Sincerely Harriet

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Can you please compile a list with the names of these morbidly rich billionaires? I’d like to know who specifically is behind this fascist puppet show. My sharpened pitchfork is restless.

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Well, let me break it down for you, white boy. First, I am not on defense when it comes to the horrific treatment of my people by those like you; I am on offense. My initial comment simply quoted what YOU wrote and followed with "aren't you special." You were speaking of a Black Woman in the United States and should have had the maturity and erudition to choose your words more carefully. Obviously, you have issues as you had indicated that you "got into an argument" with your wife about the matter.

YOU, then, launched into ad hominem, personalized attacks and insults. And, though I tend not to engage in urinating contests with skunks, I thought I might have a bit of amusement with you (and it has been fun). However, you see, I am not one of those Alkebulanians that am waiting for the melanin deficient to acknowledge what they are. I know what they are. I have seen it manifested in all walks of life for I am a direct product of my experiences; which will be denied by no one. I approach life as I have experienced it and it has come to me; not as I, or you, wish it were.

As for the paltry, pathetic and unimaginative indictment of "victimhood," that simply exhibits your ignorance for there are no greater victims of European violence, wanton disregard for other people and American Apartheid that the Black Person in the United States. Oddly enough, something you, yourself, acknowledged; but I know its hard for palefaces to keep up with their lies. Your white supremacist arrogance tells you that you are qualified to measure something you are abjectly unqualified to measure as your inbred brethren shoots and kills our children, women and men to this very day.

As for you finding me "interesting" perhaps I am, perhaps not. LookingNWords is read in 14 countries with hundreds of subscribers. How many countries is your newsletter read in? Please forward me the link so that I may subscribe to it.

Now, I have terminated any further interaction with you (because I can). You do not merit further attention. I should not have given you any at all and I don't need to pollute Mr. Hartmann's thread with silliness for most of his readers are very intelligent people that want to be, shall we say "enlightened." I strongly suggest you should look inwards.

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