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Trump telling McConnell and his GOP senators what to do or not do reminds me of Reagan when he urged or told Iran not to negotiate with President Carter. So, the “GOP shenanigans” are not new! Power is more important than our democracy! 🤬

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Americans, no matter where we live, the color of our skin, or what our background—we all believe in the freedoms that have been so hard won: equality before the law, the opportunity to pursue our dreams, the ability to be heard and make our voices count at the ballot box, the expectation to earn a fair return for our work—so we aren’t forced to choose between food, medicine, rent or an education, and the fundamental right to decide if, when and how to start or grow a family, to love who we love, and simply, to be who we are...

But day by excruciating day, we are seeing how a tiny minority, of white, wealthy, well-connected billionaires and price-gouging corporations, is turning our democracy into a fascist kleptocracy; they use racism, sexism, nativism and anti-LGBTQ fear-mongering to distract and divide us, so they don’t have to pay what they owe, don’t have to stop polluting and don’t have to be accountable for their crimes against our families—paramount of which was Tr*mp’s Jan 6 attack on our country, made possible by his MAGA co-conspirators in the Executive Branch, Congress, state legislatures, the military, and even SCOTUS.

But together, the many can and will defeat the moneyed, because time and time again we have before. This battle for justice and the promise of America, is as Heather’s historical letters show—it’s not a sprint, nor a marathon; it is a relay, where each of us has our leg to run...and our success happens as much, in the passing and taking of the baton, as in the carrying.

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Forget Laura Ingraham; she's a joke. But why does the Speaker of the House run things by Trump? Trump is an "ordinary" citizen at this point. The Speaker represents the people, no? So major decisions made by House Republicans are only based on the dictates of one man? There are a lot of Republican voters who don't support Trump, so why is Trump still making decisions for them? Unfortunately, not enough Republicans I guess.

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Give Texas a time out. Give it back to Mexico for a period of ten years and let them survive without the U.S. economic contribution. Or make them independent and see how that fits.

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Former Texan here. I suggest that if the voters cannot take back their state in the next election cycle, then Texas secede. We can get by without the oil, cotton, beef, hot air, and cruelty the state produces. I know that I am spitting into the wind here, but I am hopping mad about what passes for governance in the lone star state.

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Thank you Heather.

It is ironic that Texas took over the Houston Independent School Board because local autonomy is bad, however, seeks to take over the border because local autonomy is good.

Today’s GOP, with criminal Trump at the helm, filled with corruption and incompetence is no longer even a pretend political party. They are a criminal organization. Even Mitch McConnell who improperly refused to yield to then President Obama in McConnell’s remaking of SCOTUS, is feckless at the hands of a private citizen who has 91 indictments and counting.

Trump doesn’t want a bipartisan border deal, so no deal? What if Polisner (and 80 million plus others) want immigration reform? Have we not been indicted enough to gather support from religious zealot Mike Johnson?

In terms of Ukraine, make no mistake. We WILL pay, one way or another. If not now in badly needed resupply, we will pay in the weakening of every alliance we join in the world. We will pay in the lack of trust in our ability to negotiate and perform as global partners in trade and defense. And we will pay when the criminal Putin decides to push beyond Ukraine.

Finally, the great economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote that the GOP’s trickle down economics was wildly effective in doing precisely what it is intended to do: concentrate wealth to the already obscenely wealthy. If your goal is economic opportunity, growth, and fairness, then trickle down should simply be recognized as the fraudulent scheme that it is. The trouble is that explaining basic economics to someone who will drink bleach to combat covid, believes the Jan 6 domestic terrorists were just excited tourists, and that Trump is a great businessman, is like trying to explain Norway to a dog (tip of the hat to Mick Herron).

Any meaningful form of democracy requires an educated, informed, and engaged society. All three pillars have been assailed by the GOP for generations while they have continued to quietly concentrate wealth/power to the top.

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History weighs heavy on us. Our Executive branch is strong. There are no sure things in a democracy. You make clear to me that we need to stand up for our laws to keep our fragile republic. Democracy requires our participation.

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... and in Gaza children are still dying by the thousands thanks to US support of Israel's Netanyahu.

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In some ways maybe Texas and Florida could just go off on their own. So tired of their stances and theatrics. We could manage without them don't think they could manage without us.

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Jan 26·edited Jan 26

Yes Ukraine is running out of ammunition and those super brave Ukrainians who have fought those Russian invaders with every fiber of their being not only to get their country back from those invaders but to be a line of resistance protecting us ALL. Putin and the Russians are our enemies TOO! and Putin is very supportive of OUR major enemy Trump…..the sooner we all make THAT connection the better….and the sooner Ukraine gets its desperately needed ammunition AND WE RID OURSELVES OF Trump.

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For anyone looking for a refreshing MSM show watch Lawrence O'Donell's 'The Last Word' on MSNBC. He has promised himself not to provide trump and maga a place to lie and he calls them out with impunity. It's so delightful to see him call it like it is blatantly. It's not opinion...he uses direct quotes and statements straight from the horses' or jackasses' mouths.

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All of us keep up closely with the news. Is it just me who’s not seeing incisive reporting from the southern border to understand what’s really happening? How serious is the problem, and how bad is the propaganda?

And to repeat myself, why doesn’t the administration have all hands on deck to address the issue as Republicans inflame and exploit it?

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These Republicans. (Veryfew exceptions). How do they sleep?!! I’m so disgusted with them.

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Good to see how Sabine, Cloutier, evelyn (sic), and Kathy (1st 4 posting) all strongly back our Heather.

Ours is a community of like minds, largely -- shocked at people like Putin,, Netanyahu, as well as followers of hate and murder, such as Hamas and the MAGA cultists shrieking for more chaos.

Good to see, too, some adults in the U.S. Senate meanwhile trying to compromise and enact a program largely to solve, ameliorate many issues on that southern border.

But why do the chaos-spewers so thrive as they do on fantasies, sensationalism, refusal to work with adults?

Can it be because they all went to schools so void of humanities they now just hunger for fiction of the wildest, even most vulgar varieties, being totally unaware of how artists have made really good, apt fiction really to help guide, enlighten, provide perspectives to our young as well as the rest of us?

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And the GOP is running amuck...so freaking sad...😢

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It's no surprise that Johnson asks for T****'s opinion - he has no spine. So representative of the entire GOP cult.

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