Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, died today. Named to the court by President Ronald Reagan to honor a campaign promise, O’Connor was known as a pragmatist who paid attention to the real-world consequences of the court’s decisions and who was willing to rethink her positions.
So they predict that Trump will win next year because his base is rabidly loyal and the rest of us are too dispirited to vote for Biden. Let's prove them wrong.
We have a choice…. a Trump dictatorship or a Biden republic. We have 11 months, the choice is ours!
I went to school with John Last, we ran cross country together actually. A friend and intellectual. I agree with his first statement: “The storm is coming.”.
But on behalf of at least a third, and maybe even a half of this country that is paying attention, feeling sustained outrage, and holding on to a democratic moral compass, I disagree with: “The world looks normal right now, but it is not.” It hasn’t looked or felt normal in decades.
There are many counterforces in motion trying to prevent this cataclysm, from people like my elderly mother in law spending her retirement fighting the local environmental good fights while volunteering to register new democratic voters in swing districts, to the active communities whose members drop by sites like these HCR comment threads, to the brave prosecutors and legislators standing up to a megalomaniacal would be dictator.
“Forces are in motion that will bring us to a point of national crisis one year from now.”
Godspeed to the forces who are resisting that crisis. Channel outrage into votes, from new and existing voters - our only real weapons of defense as citizens on a looming day of reckoning. Keep making your stand.
A great president once said: “Don’t boo. Vote.”
"But the top four members of the Republican leadership—Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN), and Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY)—and more than 100 other Republicans voted against expelling Santos, who is under criminal indictment and by whom a House Ethics Committee report suggested even more “uncharged and unlawful conduct.” WHAT IS WRONG WITH THOSE SO-CALLED LEADERS? George Santos was unqualified from the start, is under criminal indictment, lied almost more than tfg, and none of these 'leaders' has the guts to vote for Santos' expulsion! Cowards! Shame on you, 'leaders'!
I fear the tendency of Americans to only respond after a threat basically hits them over the head.
If I had a magic wand, I’d get Disney to produce a “What if?” history motion picture showing what will happen if Trump wins. Forty years ago, ABC TV broadcast “The Day After,” which showed what would happen if we had a nuclear war with the USSR. Huge numbers of people watched this film (including President Reagan) and it changed history by jump starting talks to limit nuclear weapons. We need a film like this again!
Here’s more about the film. See in particular the sections about how it was received
Justice O'Connor's legacy will include her vote to end the recounts in Forida during the 2000 presidential election (Bush v. Gore). Without US leadership, the nations of the world sat back, held conferences and meetings, and let carbon emissions continue to rise. Would a President Gore have led the US into a "forever war" in the Middle East? Hard to say, but he would not have had Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld whispering in his ear.
Climate change was his issue and he would have taken a lead in dealing with it. The world would now be 20 years into a comprehensive effort to cut emissions of CO2 and methane, instead of just now waking up to see the real effects of global heating taking place in real time. President Biden is trying to do something, but it is probably too late.
"Understood the real-world consequences of the court's decisions" ... Oh yeah. I understand the real world consequences of handing the Y2k election to Bush: my granddaughters are probably going to live in a world going down the tubes, in a great dying, and the collapse of civilization as we know it.
Why is Santos expelled for far less serious crimes against America than Trump has committed? Part of the answer is that the MAGA party (formerly known as the GOP) has become a mix of absolute whores and spineless, bought politicians! Or, put another way, Santos lacks the money and power to buy votes that Trump has and can use to blackmail and silence opponents. They are a sorry immoral bunch that we would be better of without! Shame on the media that treats them as just another group of politicians! They are openly developing the plan to establish a dictatorship and some are treating it like an normal campaign.
Particularly tawdry, the reports about the Zieglers indicate that they engaged in consensual threesome sex. Talk about hypocrisy! Bridget Ziegler proves that she is not qualified as an arbiter to determine morality. I hope she and Moms for Liberty - an oxymoron of a name if ever there was one - go down in flames and infamy.
It boggles the mind that people in the media keep saying Trump could win.
I’m reminded of Neil postman‘s critique of modern media in his 1984 book aptly, titled “amusing ourselves to death.“
The media has become so obsessed with Trump that if Trump farts it becomes a headline and Biden passes substantial legislation and it’s the second or third story.
The last rally Trump had recently was in a sports arena, and it was filled only with all White old people. His base.
The only way that Trump could possibly win is everybody sits home like they did in 2016 and does not come out to vote.
Whew, is all I can say for now. However, new polls are looking a little more real, not that one should bank on them. I was awakened early this morning by a text from 314 Action, the scientist for office organization. "NEW GALLUP POLL : 75% of Democrats approve of President Joe Biden in brand new poll." Something to sleep on. Thank you Heather, good night. We have or work cut out for us.
"He pointed to a conversation neoconservative thinker William Kristol had this week with journalist Jonathan Karl, in which Karl described a dystopian future painted not by Democrats but by former Trump employees: a government full of Trump loyalists who understand “that they are free to break the law because they will be pardoned” as Trump seeks retribution against those he sees as his enemies.
'The storm is coming,' Last warned readers. 'The world looks normal right now, but it is not. Forces are in motion that will bring us to a point of national crisis one year from now.'"
The world of American governance only "looks normal right now" to those not looking.
Rosalyn Carter, Henry Kissinger, Charlie Munger, Sandra Day O'Conner; as well as a number of lesser lights of lesser years who recently passed over are all reminders to us that our days are numbered, our influence finite and that our deeds will be recounted, by either a few or many in the course of eulogies and postmortem analyses. I personally believe their conduct will be called to account as well on the other side of the chasm. Any one of us with more years behind than ahead of them would do well to ask what really matters in the decreasing number of days left to us; it's certainly NOT acquiring more toys, more money, more power over others. I find the issues around what sort of a world I'll leave to my son, my nieces and nephews and their children far more compelling than the comic opera that we're witnessing in the public square. Ask yourself what really matters and put your shoulder to the wheels that seek to secure a life of greater security, liberty and peace than the one we have today, and ask yourself which leader is more likely to bring us close to that future; the answer seems crystal clear to me.
It's well worth quoting the headline and subhead that introduce Jonathan V. Last's profoundly chilling reality check in The Bulwark that Heather mentions:
"There’s a storm coming. We all know it. And yet Americans are pretending that everything is normal.
We are going to be confronted with an existential crisis eleven months from now. And the majority of Americans don’t care."
The case Last makes isn't hype. It's a realistic reading of what's unfolding. It may prove to be wrong if nation does indeed wakeup. But it's also entirely plausible.
President Biden is wise to refer to tfg as his predecessor, instead of by name; it diminishes the malignant narcissist.
That Santos was booted is cause for celebration! He should slither under whatever rock is nearest.
DeSantis was utterly humiliated in his red state/blue state debate with CA Governor Newsom. He also came across as odd, in a manner most off putting; his constant grin belied his emotions. Anger? Frustration? Desperation? He’s as irrelevant a candidate for POTUS as Pence was.
Republican lawlessness and amoral conduct underscores how unfit they are to serve. Let that show, let that show, let that show!
That’s it, just random musings. ☮️
Trump and his enablers are like clowns with flamethrowers
'The quest for power' is behind all of this. It's time to consider liberty and justice and the law and morality, rather than "voting your pocketbook" or reelecting your powerful local Representative who can get local projects pushed through. Democracy itself is on the ballot.