Next year may be the last chance to reclaim the values of democracy, pluralism & egalitarianism that have animated this country since her founding. Nobody can say they weren’t warned about the stakes…
Every single fear we’ve had is exposed as reality based in this article of Thoms.
We’ve tried to console ourselves by questioning
even the possibility of this sheer hypocrisy and corruption of the Republicans party.
Yes, it’s real and moreover much worse than we thought.
So , now that we know , what can we do ?
This cynical, hateful plan of the “ GOP” has been laid down for years.
We asked could they possibly not care anymore about our Democracy all of a sudden.
But its not all of a sudden. This has been going on for decades.
Reagan, was a precedent setter, in cutting taxes for wealthy people while telling the rest of us to ‘tighten our belts’’.
The intricacy of the plan , backed by Republican money , is an investment in ongoing evil , in ‘ our’ country.
The fact that what they say and what they do are far , far apart.
What they are doing in libraries and schools and to LGBTQ adults and innocent children is abhorrent.
They have truly sold their souls for the money that buys power for evil.
They are fascists who are willing to kill to eliminate anyone who still has a soul .
That oil money in Kevin's bill is going to kill us all. Did you know that the planet is experiencing increased seismic/volcanic activity because of the Climate Crisis? The shift in land-side weight from ice caps into the oceans is actually causing the tectonic plates to shift and move. For real! We are out of time. As for Ginni's Golden Handcuffs, I bet Clarence would like that! After all, Anita Hill testified about his extensive porn collection that he loved to share with female staffers. By the way, the law clerks write the opinions, especially in Thomas' and Beerbong's case. They are idiots.
Loved your phrase about Reagan gutting the middle class! I had just finished college at the time and worked for a small business whose owners drank the Reagan look-aid. I hope they have noticed that opportunities for their children to earn a good living are much less than they were even in the 80’s, and the cost of a college education has soared since then.
Last time I checked there were two political parties, one has moved to the right over the past 40 years and the other has followed. Prior to implementation of the ACA, 30 to 40% of the population felt the us health care system had failed them. Now it's 70%. Joe Biden and Democrats speak of democracy, yet the Biden administration has sold and transferred a record number of weapons around the world, 57% of them to autocracies. Liberals now push for perpetual war and tear their hair out about Putin, yet it's not Russia who treats our immigrants and refugees like animals denying them their right to asylum (that's the Biden administration). In fact, Russia has no culpability in any of our socioeconomic woes at all, Trump being a symptom of the failure of both parties to enact public policy that works for the people instead of transnational corporations and the donor class. It's Biden who crushed the rail workers strike, who wants to add 100,000 police to a brutal and militarized force, who is opening up drilling in the arctic and greenlighting massive pipeline projects, who is doing nothing about our failing health care system, who refuses to consider peace in Ukraine in order to fulfill the globalist agenda of regime change in Russia and so on. Yes Republicans are a danger to us all, but it's the Democrats who have failed to protect us in their middling centrism and quest for "moderation."
As a Canadian, I see your predicament from an outsider's perspective, but for obvious reasons what happens there greatly affects us. America has had problems with cult leaders before, but never on the scale of this fraud, Trump. Just the other day, Thom reminded us that Barr and another dude went to Italy to find crimes done against Trump, but discovered the opposite, and this has remained secret to this day. The fraud this man has committed is unbelievable, yet somehow just over 70 million voted for him?
Your article is right on Thom - you've expressed what so many are feeling. As you've said, we've been warned. But perhaps it's "in the cards" for America to implode, taking down much of the West with her. This is definitely what Putin and his like want to see, and are working towards.
What I am afraid of, and what I predict is that Biden will cave into the Republicans and carve out some restrictions that will kill Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
The other night Joy Reid had someone on her shoe, and the subject was the debt limit, she never mentioned the 2nd Article and the 14th Amendment. I can only assume that she was given instructions not to. I also suspect that all of the other hosts on MSNCBC have been given the same instructions and they have ear buds from the producer telling them or reminding them what and what not to say.
And that is because it is corporate media, And has a board of directors who sit on other boards, which have a vested interested in privatizing social security and Medicare, Medicaid. There is never enough profit to satisfy the vampires.
Unadulterated and uncontrollable capitalism is destroying our democracy, unity and way of life.
Biden most certainly knows he has the executive power to stop this Republican treason, but has failed to do so, and avoids the subject of the 14th Amendment. I can't recall him even being asked the question. I want to know why, and all considered I cannot assume good faith. There is only the three C's, Complicity, Cowardice or Corruption.
I've been wondering what "golden handcuffs" are adorning Tricia Cotham! (No. Carolina St. Rep. who went over to the Repubs to give them veto override.) Her district elected her, with a standard set of Dem. values on her campaign site, and Joe Biden by 20%. So it's another example of a pol. giving a finger to own constituency. (I'm thinking Sinema) Cotham voted against women with her new club yesterday. Especially in the cases of people with this history, one wonders how they live with themselves. Cotham made a bitter speech about Dems being oppressively dogmatic on liberal values which I gather might be problematic for esteemed fellow-poster "Both sides equally guilty" Kaufman. Some detailed discussion on MSNBC about how the 12-week ban includes a web of requirements that make it essentially prohibitive in most cases. We know which side who was on, crystal clear.
"Please, sir, may I have some more please?"-Oliver
The Republicans are trying to starve our democracy along with some Americans who cannot afford to eat. It's pretty rich that they claim it is all for the children. They left out the part that it is for all the little white, cisgender, male children. You know, the next rulers of the world, those kinda kids.
They really don't know when to quit. Let's see if their party dies first. If it does, America will still have to deal with the corpse.
Oliver Twist got a family and the bad people got what they deserved. We are trying, we ARE trying. Good Report, Thom.
Thank you, Thom, for a great essay.
"All while essentially telling the rest of us Americans to go screw ourselves. They really don’t appear to care how many of our kids die from guns, how many of our queer children die from suicide, or how many women die from pregnancy."
This isn't just a leadership problem. The base keeps voting for them - in very large numbers. They, too, tell the rest of us to go screw ourselves.
Holy Moses, you have been deceived. Programmed by MSNBC, ignoring the big picture which includes Democrats enacting policies that directly counter the gospel of their "heroes" like Martin Luther King Jr. The fact that you say liberals don't push for perpetual war and Barack Obama drops 26,000 bombs on theMiddle East while Biden sells more weapons around the world and inches us towards nuclear confrontation shows a dearth of critical thinking and the current Biden liberal shunning of humanity in favor of political expediency. Consider the fact that Putin has invaded one sovereign nation which the west has propped up with NATO forces and a coup in 2014, while we have invaded, bombed and occupied over 30 countries over the past 40 years alone killing millions of innocent civilians. So check your McCarthyism and nationalism at the door and wake up to the motivations of your own fearless leaders: https://theintercept.com/2023/05/11/united-states-foreign-weapons-sales/
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, is a "centrist" (conservative) she beat Joe Kemp, a very right wing retard, in the General election of 2022.
The general election's rating varied from "Lean R", according to The Cook Political Report, to "Solid R" in FiveThirtyEight's House of Representatives forecast. FiveThirtyEight estimated that Gluesenkamp Perez had a 2% chance of winning the general election over Kent,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Gluesenkamp_Perez hers was the most stunning political upset in the country, probably because of the abortion issue.
I figure she is a pro choice Republican dressed up as a Democrat. I suspect the other "problem solving" Dems are the same.
Here is a list of the Quislings in Corporate problem solver Democrats
Salud Carbajal of California
Ed Case of Hawaii
Jim Costa of California
Angie Craig of Minnesota
Henry Cuellar of Texas
Don Davis of North Carolina
Debbie Dingell of Michigan
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washington
Jared Golden of Maine
Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey
Josh Harder of California
Steven Horsford of Nevada
Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania
Dan Kildee of Michigan
Greg Landsman of Ohio
Susie Lee of Nevada
Wiley Nickel of North Carolina
Donald Norcross of New Jersey
Jimmy Panetta of California
Chris Pappas of New Hampshire
Scott Peters of California
Brittany Pettersen of Colorado
Dean Phillips of Minnesota
Mary Peltola of Alaska
Brad Schneider of Illinois
Hillary Scholten of Michigan
Elissa Slotkin of Michigan
Darren Soto of Florida
Abigail Spanberger of Virginia
Haley Stevens of Michigan
Emilia Strong Sykes of Ohio
David Trone of Maryland
Remember those names when you vote in a primary
When is it no longer possible to kindle a fire from the hot ashes of a fire that has been "put out"?
When they took 'liberty and justice' away from any person.