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Statement of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee

Commemorating the 2nd Anniversary of the Assault on the U.S. Capitol:

Two years on and the mere mention of “January 6th” is still enough to stir the vast majority of Americans to the same sense of outrage as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Assassination of JFK and the 9/11 terrorist assaults: each one a day that shall live in infamy.

Thousands of armed insurrectionists staged an assault upon our democracy unseen since the Civil War, wounding hundreds of law enforcement officers in an attempt to stop the peaceful transition of Presidential power that is at the core of our American democracy.

As has been outlined in brilliant detail by the January 6th Committee, those who stormed the Capital were whipped into a frenzy through weeks and months of countless Republican elected officials attending “Stop the Steal” rallies touting the “Big Lie” that the presidential election was stolen.

On November 8, 2020, one of the nation’s earliest “Stop the Steal” rallies took place in Loudoun County, in Purcellville, with then-Del. Dave LaRock, a far right-wing, Republican extremist, being joined at the podium by Elmer “Stewart” Rhodes, head of the anti-government Oath Keepers militia. Rhodes has been convicted of seditious conspiracy for his role in organizing the January 6 insurrection. While LaRock attended Trump’s January 6th warmup rally, he apparently lacked the courage of his convictions and didn’t march into the Capitol.

Another headliner at the Nov. 8th rally: Geary Higgins, currently a Republican candidate for Virginia’s 31st State Senate District.

One week later, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, a Republican, headlined another Stop the Steal rally in Purcellville.

Multiple prominent Loudoun County Republicans were at the forefront of promoting the “Big Lie” and advocating extreme efforts to stop the peaceful transfer of power. Many of these Republicans will be on the ballot in 2023, running for state and county offices. As the campaigns take shape, we will keep track and let you know who among them played a role when our democracy was in peril in 2020 -2021.

We Democrats must not forget January 6th. We must embrace our sense of revulsion at those who sought to destroy our precious and delicate constitutional democracy. And we must honor all of those – law enforcement officers, members of Congress and all the public servants who risked their life that day to defend our democracy – who are devoted to doing the right things.

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Amen and hallelujah. The 3rd Bloc ( and I will refer to them as Blocheads) are totally unimpressive and boring even after being given a moment in the spotlight by the sycophant media.

Salud, Lynell.

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You have just given me an idea for a Lego project. They market these these sets called "Brickheadz" that use Lego bricks to make figures with large heads and small bodies. There are certain physical attributes to some of the Sedition Caucus that may lend themselves nicely to caricature. I am thinking of the 6 RepubliQans that voted "Present" in a playpen...

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Oh yes, Ally. Wonderful idea. I am just up, so I haven't read an account of exactly what happened except that in keeping with South Carolina tradition, a Rep from that state attacked Hair Gaetz. And voting present is so chicken poop. I like the idea of Blocheads and Brickheadz. We were wondering this am what this group of Blocheads will actually do beside throw feces around.

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I’m not sure what the insurrectionist blocheads will actually do, but I’m pretty sure there first goals are to throw democracy under the bus, put our country in default, eliminate social/safety net programs and cut taxes on the wealthy. Along with their idiotic investigations they have ranted on about incessantly. I love the Lego idea Ally! And we certainly have our work cut out for us over the next 2 years!

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Sedition Caucus says it all. I like it.

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Oh, my goodness, LOL and yes, Ally! How can I help?

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I'm going to chat with my Lego friends today (when they are up). I am thinking either a playpen, or a zoo like setting. All ideas welcome!

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I'd prefer the playpen. Zoos are for animals, which to my mind have higher intelligence!

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The zoo setting gives me opportunities to fling 💩, however.

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Who would go to such a zoo ? (worse thought yet, if called a 'petting zoo'. Ick !) *edit to close parenthesis

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Alt, Thanks! Your idea made me smile, but you need a much larger/bigger game-plan. First, this works for the repugnant “present” six, but we really need to include the 100+ traitors who voted on January 6,2021, to overthrown our government.

Your game is a good start, but let’s come up with a grander scale play. I’m going with the ground game. I intend to continue making calls to both teams. Pushing team Blue to remain focused; team Red, to be held accountable to any/all insane actions—by ME! Also, I will be motivating others to register to vote and become more active. We CAN do this!

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Ally, this is such a creative and fabulous idea. You need to set up your phone to take videos or still pics when the 💩 literally hits the fan! Quite frankly, 20 of the Sedition Caucuss (did that on purpose) should be sharing a playpen or a pig pen, which ever you choose.

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ooo; I like that - "Sedition Caucus". Has a realistic thud to it to match actors.

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I like that too. So excited about your art project. I'm working on a series of squirrels dedicated to protecting us all from bullying autocrats.

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Sounds good to me. Do it!

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Join me! 💙

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I'd love to although I have been working on my own project which involves squirrels brining down autocrats. Maybe we could do some kind of collaboration going forward? Could be fun.

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Blocheads. I love it.

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Blocheads, yes! Morning, Christine!

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Listen to this Lynell. Just read this from Roy Blount Jr

Regarding the Blocheads making a whippin’ boy out of McCarthy…..

“What good is a gavel you have to grovel for?”

Isn’t that the sorry truth?

Their level of self awareness is so minimal. Everything is rationalized by them with mostly imaginary reality created by mis- and disinformation.

Salud, compatriot. I’m appointing Ally as Lego commander.

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It definitely is the sorry truth, Christine.

Good to have Ally at the helm. She will be very effective.

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There is a W VA attendee at the Jan 6 insurrection who spent 3 months in jail who is now running for state office and his supporterrs say to him "thank you" for entering the Capitol that day, a real patriot saving democracy! He was interviewed by Lisa DesJardins of PBS Newshour this week and he has no regrets.

Derrick Evans is his name, an x-State Delegate now announced his bid for US Congressional seat.

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J6 2023 was much like J6 2021 with democracy attacked at its most vulnerable spot: the lawful transfer of power. Like J6 2021, necessary procedural matters were not settled until the early hours of J7. How do you build any kind of speakership on 6 "present" votes on the rubble of 14 failed rounds that may have reduced the House to being ungovernable?

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May have reduced? ? Think with the new rules that is a forgone conclusion.

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I say 'reduced' because I believe there are parliamentarian-approved ways lor 212 united Dems to bring bills to the House Floor needing only 7 to 9 r's. But, I need to research the one (1) such path that has occurred in the last 10 years or consult with Nancy P unless someone in the Community knows the House approved pathway. Updated: My younger Brother says you only need six (6) r's IF one needed a TOTAL tally of 218: Assuming 212 + 6 = 218. Update: i added "House Floor Today" via the Libray of Congress to my email updates diet.

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Very good questions, Bryan.

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God help us. Seriously. This is getting so scary. So many brainless people in this country. They have no idea what a patriot is or what democracy is. Sickening.

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Thanks for sharing. That’s why Dems must engage with the constituency in places like WV. I believe they’ve been sold a bill of goods by both parties when you factor in Senator Manchin’s lack of support for programs that were bringing people up from poverty. WV is a beautiful place, I travel through often on my way to NC. Top to bottom most people are friendly and speak their minds. Poverty is heartbreaking there. It’s about time Republicans to stop using red states as vote markers and start treating people with decency and respect. Voting fixes these sorts of things. Know who and what you’re voting for.

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Agree wholeheartedly Karen. I've been preaching that for years now, to no one who would listen, including the D party. Not just WVa, but all rural and urban areas of Appalachia, then west - or all together, but you have to start somewhere. Appalachia regions encompass many states, including Ohio, Kentucky, etc. So far though, it's just you and me 'talking' and you may know what they say in Appalachia about 'talking' instead of action. *edit in - Among the things those in Appalachia and beyond need to recall or have proven to them via historical facts; The dreadful 'liberals' did not close coal mines; in the case of most of the WVa mines, it was G.W. Bush who approved legislation restricting certain forms of coal that produced acid rain, in response to not 'liberals' and environmentalists, but in response to pleas from several states and our Canada neighbors, who suffered greatly from our acid rain producers. That's just one fact - there's many more, but I'll leave that for our good Doctor.

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Poverty is associated with poor education. Those poorly educated are easier to govern, that's why Reps pander to the poor in places such as Appalachia. I'm not sure what Manchin's angle is, unless he just misleads his constituents to believe he is all for them.

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Joe is beholden to the fossil fuel industry.

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I heard the Lisa DesJardins interview and was saddened and sickened by the thinking of the man from W VA. I do not understand at all why people (especially from southern states) want to destroy our country. It also shocks me that people like him are given the “bully pulpet.” Derrick Evans should be apologizing not bragging.

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So sad.

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This is pathetic.

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Dear Lord!

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Should be barred from serving in a public office, in my opinion, as a traitor.

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Oh Lord help us!

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How disturbing.

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I call them the Coup Caucus - the Insider Insurrectionists. We know them all by name. And we must work to support any Democrat who runs against them race after race - the next one being 2024.

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By secret ballot the majority of the party voted for the Coup Caucus to be their leaders. And not one of the entire party had the courage nor the will to vote against being ruled by law breaking fascists by voting for a law-abiding, decent man just because he is a Democrat. This cancer is larger and deeper than many are willing to recognize.

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sad to say, this is precisely how i see it. i am truly shocked by this reality.

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how do you know about the secret ballot?

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I researched it. It’s standard procedure for the GOP. Here’s a news article that talks about it for your reading pleasure. https://newjerseymonitor.com/2022/11/15/u-s-house-gop-picks-leadership-team-for-next-congress-mccarthy-scalise-and-emmer/

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Thanks for the link. I thought the 'secret' ballot was something nefarious but it's just 'private' like our votes. Oh, heavens, how could I even think the Republicans would do anything nefarious. Shame on me. :)

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Agree. The current bunch of Republicans in the House, and probably the Senate as well, are like a path of crumbs left by Trump and his fascist influencers. If we Americans, Democrats/Independents/Responsible Republicans - as strange as that sounds these days - thought we had tough fights in 2020 and 2022, it was nothing compared to what is ahead. Trump's MAGA crowd has gotten control of too many state legislatures who have passed anti-democratic voter suppression laws, gerrymandered voting districts, and taken control of too many media outlets to give fair and legal elections a chance. For the Republican Party to support a complete fraud (Santos) just to grab one more place at the table says there is no standard of integrity in that political party. And for the Democrat Party to have been so lax to have failed to vet an opposition candidate demonstrates an equal failure which our democracy cannot tolerate. I once thought state elections should never be subject to outside financial support for any candidate. I've changed my mind. All Americans need to get involved in every election in every state. This past week has shown us how even a corrupt core of 5, who were insider insurrectionists to begin with, can and will hold hostage the government and political will of all of us.

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Rusty-you're not the only person using the term "Coup Caucus"-I've heard it on MSNBC.

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We must vote! Gerrymander and suppress all you like. Math is the same as it ever was. We can out vote them. Vote! (I know, preaching to the choir).

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We must vote them out.

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Lynell, yes, we must support those sacrificial souls who demonstrate respect for our country, our form of self-governance and who work so hard everyday for freedom. May our actions be steady, strong and respectful regarding our laws and language .

It is obvious that power fueled by self-serving ignorance has taken over what once was the Republican Party......it's end is coming but how our great nation will suffer.....as well as those whom we support around the world. Our enemies are smiling.

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Don't forget the genuine nastiness of these people. Their hatred of all of us "others".

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Their definition of “others” is “not ourselves.” “Each other” doesn’t seem related to their definition. An “Us vs. Them” system requires a Them to oppose. Make one up if it doesn’t exist. Cannibalistic, pedophile Marxist Democrats? As for Us, it is a shrinking pool, a puddle soon to contain only Me, Myself, and I.

I wish the self-described evangelical Christians would read the gospels now and then. They seem fixated on the scriptures which celebrate the horrible punishment of people who are not themselves.

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Carol, I fear many of the faithful are listening to others fill them with their opinions and their interpretations of scripture.

Jesus loved everyone. He did not force Himself on anyone. When He spoke to people, or individuals, they experenced the inner knowledge that He knew them to the depth of their souls. Those who choose or chose to listen were free to receive Him or free to reject Him. He doesn't need our money or allegiance....He doesn't need us at all. For those who want to know Him and to receive Him....they are free to do so. One may discover more about Him through reading the Bible but we may also learn

of Him from others.

Actually He loves Republicans and Democrats, and even Independants. He loves people of all colors, shapes and sizes. He loves people from all over the world. He even loves people of other faiths or no faiths. If anyone wants to know Him better, just ask in your heart. You may or may not experience Him in your life immediately but He will come to you, you will see Him....maybe through another person's acts.

When we receive Him and experience His love and forgiveness and encouragement, we often want to emulate that love through some expression of service and sharing and acts of encouragement.

Also choosing to receive Him does not make us "little Jesuses". We still mess up but we can always ask for forgiveness. Look at President Joe Biden and his wife Jill. Look at the way they live, look at their priorities....what do you think? Do they know Jesus?

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You might want to check out the sunrise prayer service that Faithful America held in front of the Capitol yesterday morning. I think you would really find it of interest.

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Got a link Susan ? I'm interested.

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“Self-serving ignorance”...and greed.

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Especially the latter. Proven by their ongoing efforts to make money regardless of the impact on other HUMANS, the land, and the planet, where everyone lives.

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Good luck with your daunting task, I admire your courage and will power to protect our Democracy

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Isn’t it your task also, Fay? Sounds like you are handing it off to others? Who would that be besides We the People?

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Sorry Christine but at 90 with knees that refuse to support me and a lumbar that is as bad as the knees plus living in California, my campaigning days are over. I retired in 2021.

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Fay I’m only 89 with four compression fractures of my lower back. And I’ve just begun to fight! I’m thinking of putting a Battle Hymn of the Republic horn on my walker.

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Keith, I'm starting a Fund Me project to book you and Fay on a luxury cruise, but only if you promise to mount that bullhorn on your walker :-) Loved your comment!

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Keith, Oh! I would so do that! I can hear it now! My mom is 92 and in thank goodness in good health both physically and mentally, but the thought of her walking down the hall in her senior living apartment with so many old racist republicans blasting the Battle Hymn of the Republic from her walker has me laughing so hard! Do it for me! Do it for Mom! Do it for the good of our nation!

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Love this!!!

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Fay Reid and Keith Wheelock, bless both of you. You can be like me (70 this year and paralyzed from the waist down), all I can do is post online and make phone calls to legislators (which I do all day long). I desperately want to be out in the world interacting with others, but that is no longer a possibility. Again, we do what we can do, but it's time to let the younger generation take the lead...and they are doing an amazing job. Wish my own kids had the same fire their mother does.

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We all do what we can, Fay. Just showing up here and rendering support is significant. Good for you and keep it up!

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We all have our ways of fighting. And whatever our age and physical condition, we keep on. I am also retired.(with bad knees and spinal collapse)But all of us vote. One doesn´t have to canvess and walk in the protests to be part of the ongoing support of the good people and try to stop the crazies. Hopefully more and more young people will be angry at the country they have inherited and become involved in putting this poor country of ours back on the right track. I continue to have hope that this will happen. The alternative is despair. I refuse to do that.

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It does seem that many of those who comment here are older - I'm 71- and are part of the choir. One way we can all contribute is to try to engage younger people in dialogues about all of this with the goal of inspiring them to "join" our side, or to become more active in the struggle.

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A while back there was a comment from a much much younger (self-described) commenter…..I was OVERJOYED to see him here…LFAA needs to be shared far and wide to all the cohorts that comprise forward thinking, democracy supporting folks….this includes younger folks….we need torch bearers to carry on when we “oldsters” lag a bit [hmmm….Jackson Browne lyric “I’ll swing that chain ‘til I go down” maybe morphed to “I’ll swing that cane ‘til I go down”….has a nice ring to it.] Never, ever, give up the fight.

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I had knee a replacement last year. But, it didn’t keep me from writing letters and postcards to reluctant voters.

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I have had two knee replacements, and am having treatment for my back. What keeps me from writing postcards or calling voters is the fact that, although I vote (online) in NM., I live in Mexico and have for the last 50 years. Unfortunately, our mail service is horrible, and it would be extremely expensive to send postcards. And maybe have the opposite effect if someone received a postcard from Mexico ??

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It's more than enough to know you are on our side, Fay. Thank you!

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Fay, I enjoyed your post on your newsletter. I don’t know who you are exactly, but I’d love to know more! I’m at present a non-payee, but will in future subscribe if I figure out who you are, lol!

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Fay, I’m only 80 and have no health problems. I wanted to help but do not want to phone or go door to door. I joined Postcards to Voters and have found that to be a very satisfying and helpful way to “put my feet where my mouth is”.

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Kathleen, I did Vote Forward letters and postcards as well in this past election for similar reasons as other commenters (orthopedic etc). I also drove canvassers for door knocking.

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Fay, Thank you for standing up for us for so long. Rest up.

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Thank you Kay for all you have done!

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There are ways to get necessary matters to the House Floor with 212 united Dems & 7 to 9 r's willing to pass a bill for whatever reasons (plural). To Be Updated: My younger brother advises that you only need 218 votes as one way to get a bill to the House Floor assuming you need 218: 212 + 6 r,'s equals 218.

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Morning Lynell! Well, looks like we are "in it" for another term as the anger-filled, hate-mongering Republican big mouths in Congress take over. Let's see what happens. Too bad those that are moderate are having their voices overrun by these folks.

I am only a few miles away from Loudon, and I must say I appreciate what the Democratic Committee is doing there. I hope they continue to post the types of stats and info they put in this missive. It will be interesting to see if it has an effect on how people vote. It should at least make people stop and think. One would hope anyway...

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Hey, and morning, Alexander! Here in Loudoun County, I think you could say we're purple. My little town in particular, if yard signs are any indication! For the 2020 election, we had Biden signs right next door to tfg signs all up and down the roads I travel.

LaRock (the guy who attended the insurrection) is my delegate, and for some years ran unopposed. The last election he had an opponent but still won. So frustrating!

Anyway, I admit it's only recently that I've tried to weigh into our local government, so I welcome any info you can provide. All I know is Democrats hold the State Senate while Republicans hold the House:

https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_House_of_Delegates_elections,_2023

State:

https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_State_Senate_elections,_2023#:~:text=Candidates

Special elections:

https://ballotpedia.org/Virginia_state_legislative_special_elections,_2023

Plus: "State Sen. Jennifer McClellan is on track to become the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress after she won the Democratic primary Thursday to fill the seat of Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin, who died last month from cancer." That election is February 21, 2023.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/virginia-track-send-first-black-woman-congress-rcna62185

I want to focus on Democrats taking the House this year if at all possible!

(Links were provided only if you're interested!)

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Beware of purple Lynell (unless that's an improvement). I considered Ohio as purple for a time; that is until it was too late. The R's finished the job of gerrymandering and snatching the small town, city, and state gov't. BTW, I spent considerable time in your beautiful state, including some time in Loudoun Co., but most of my time was in Fairfax Co. I have relatives all around D.C. in both Va. and Md.

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Here you are, D4N! I could see that when J.D. Vance won in your state; and so sorry for that. Maybe I'm just being simple-minded but it'd be nice if gerrymandering were outlawed. Also, we should eliminate the Electoral College and give Ranked Choice voting a try.

As for Loudoun County, purple is an improvement. I think it gets that way partly due to its proximity to Fairfax County, and also where I am there is a Marc Train commuter line to D.C. that has made Loudoun County more accessible to folks who think left-leaning but want to live in a rural place while having access to their job in D.C. The train is a 50-minute or so ride. I used it when I was working and it was a perfect 50 minutes to not have to drive and get work done at the same time!

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We all need to stand strong and stand together to fight for democracy. It seems the battle is beginning. January 6th was the warning. I pray our DOJ truly has the teeth needed to take some of these traitors in Congress out. We know they were involved and aided their fellow insurrectionists that day. It is unthinkable that Kevin McCarthy just handed them the “keys to the city”.

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Praying with you, Sharon, to give DOJ the strength they need.

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Duck & cover. They did not go away, they did not examine the facts and realize the extreme danger to our way of life in our Democracy. The radical right makes absolutely zero sense. Those with all the billion$ are only thinking of their billion$ and caring nothing for democracy. They have sold their souls to the devil and are trying to do the same with all of our freedoms and our way of life.

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Thank you for this excellent post, Lynell. It is amazing to me that these insurrectionists are actually running for public office. I do hope that you and other Ds in the area can make sure they are not elected. This D will never forget January 6th and as I have said before, I still have a hard time seeing the Capitol Building.

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Morning, Michele! I surely plan to do my part to keep them from being elected.

In the late seventies/early eighties, I would take a cab from my office to the Capitol two to three times a week to cover hearings, usually on the Senate side. I'd be staring out the window during the ride until the cabdriver made that left turn. Suddenly, the entirety of the Capitol came into full view. Sitting in the backseat, I became transfixed, never taking my eyes off of that grand building, giddy as a tourist seeing it for the first time, full of pride to be an American headed to the seat of democracy.

To be sure, there are many statues, buildings, and monuments that grace the city, places that I have admired as I passed them by on my way to my intended destination. But none (including the White House!) have captivated me as that stately building has, and always will, if even only in my memory.

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Morning, Lynell. Yes, it is a grand building, but now hard to look at, at least for me, because of the desecration that those insurrectionists did. I had had a massage that am and my LMT and I were celebrating the election of the two D Senators from Georgia and then I was home, glued to the TV and totally sickened by what I was seeing. I too am on the older side, but we make sure we vote (easy by mail here in Oregon) and donate to pols all over the country.

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There are times when I, too, have a hard time, knowing what these insurrectionists did once inside. But when they screamed "This is our house," as they defecated and waved their flag throughout the halls, I cannot help but want to push back. This is my (yours and mine) House, too.

Anyway, being a nonviolent activist, I can only applaud the plans for a bronze statue of the 16-year-old protester, Barbara Rose Johns, who in 1951 led a strike to protest the deplorable conditions that she and her classmates had to endure at their high school. As one of two contributions by Virginia, her statue will be placed in Statutory Hall at the U.S. Capitol, replacing the one of Robert E. Lee already removed in December 2020.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/maryland-sculptor-selected-to-honor-memory-of-civil-rights-icon-barbara-johns-with-bronze-statue-at-us-capitol/ar-AA15Z2R4

Sorry to be so lengthy!

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Please no apologies Lynell. Speak on. I identify very closely with your words and feelings as well I think anyway. *edit - As a young man I spent a lot of time in Fairfax Co. as I said another time. I also spent my some years after my birth in Arlington, Va., when Dad was in the USMC during the Korean war. We lived just off base (Henderson Hall).

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Thanks, D4N. It is an honor to be commended by one coming from a military family. When I lived right across the river, first in D.C. and then in Montgomery County, MD, I never spent much time in either Fairfax or Arlington counties; mostly because I always got lost whenever I tried to navigate my way around. These last several years have been in Loudoun County, VA; a further excuse to avoid getting lost!

Anyway, I'm very glad you found a close identity with this post. Thank you, once again.

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Wow! Thanks for the link. Good news!

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Jan 8, 2023·edited Jan 8, 2023

Lynell-have you ever seen the photo that I've seen on line?-a rainbow over the Capitol! Here's the WaPo post about it and the image. The article also includes that rainbow over the Washington Monument. https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/04/12/supernumerary-rainbow-washington-dc/

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Thank you for this, Barbara. I do remember seeing the double rainbow above the Capitol, but it is well worth a rerun today; and, reading the article showing all the different views people captured of it was breathtakingly beautiful!

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“We Democrats must not forget January 6th.” An important communication you have shared, Lynell. But it’s so so disturbing that this is considered a party-line issue and not an American concern.

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Morning, Lynell. Thanks for posting what your Democratic party is doing locally. I watched the latter part of that debacle last night. Oh. My.

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Thank you for posting this Lynell. Why is a 'free press' not doing the same ?

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So beautifully said and thanks for volunteering to keep us informed.

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Lynell, I'd love to copy and paste that to my somewhat useful FB wall, but in redacted form; I'd leave out the partisan word "Democrats" so as to not have R's run right by it in revulsion.

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I'd be pleased to have you do so, D4N!

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Such a sad day for our country. A morally bankrupt party is now in control with a weak and morally bankrupt “leader”.

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Jan 7, 2023·edited Jan 7, 2023

Suzanne,

It is much worse than: A morally bankrupt party is now in control with a weak and morally bankrupt “leader”.

Because, those "morally bankrupt" folks who are, as you note, NOT leading, are fully supported by the (large number of) votes of morally bankrupt Americans.

It is not that Trump supporters are dumb, or stupid, or ignorant. Some of them are quite bright.

OK, a small portion are truly misguided, nice people. I know (a FEW) of them.

BUT, a VERY large portion of Trump supporters, Lauren Bobert supporters, Matt Gaetz (teenage rapist that he is) supporters??

Are geniuinely nasty people.

AND?

That is a LOT (as Trump would say) of Americans.

I mean, think about it, just an eyeblink in history ago, it was completely legal in these United States to rape a black woman (who was also enslaved) and SELL her child.

Rape for profit was LEGAL in these United States. Yes it was.

TODAY: It is completely legal to tweet some nasty lie about a black woman volunteering to help our election process. Not quite rape, but, in terms of upending that woman's life, not far away.

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"genuinely nasty people"

Perfect description, Mike. I am watching people I thought I knew carry that nastiness out. I had one say to me "Not gay people like you and Karyn; the bad ones, like drag queens and pedophiles". This guy was a detective who investigated a lot of child abuse cases and knows that it is most often the father of a child (who, ergo, is at least heteronormative some of the time) who perpetrates that abuse and is not gay.

Nasty, hateful people.

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Whaaaaat?!?!?

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Well said.

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As of June 24, 2022, SCOTUS upended the lives of women, and especially women of child-bearing age, when it overturned Roe. Since then, 15 states not only ban abortion but make no exception for women who become pregnant as a result of rape and incest. Essentially, these states, aided and abetted by SCOTUS, sanction the rape of women. Upending the life of a black woman who served her country by working the polls during a national election when the loser, a real LOSER, cried foul, is a variation on this dangerous, misogynistic theme.

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The President of The United States publicly attacked this mother and daughter without evidence because they were black, and he knew their “otherness” would inflame and inspire his racist followers to open their wallets for the big grift.

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Frightening and oh so true.

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Suzanne, In my view, we have one immediate play. The House rules package, which won’t be released until Monday, includes at least half of what McCarthy has promised to the Freedom Caucus to get the votes for Speaker. Considering forty or so more reasonable establishment Republicans have held their seats, were they to oppose the more egregious parts of the package they could prevent McCarthy from implementing what he had promised.

I would note that just before posting this comment, I went on-line and started collecting names and numbers from the House bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. This weekend, I will be dialing up Republicans from the list, urging them to vote against the package that not only is screwing the country, but also is screwing them, given, for example, the significant number of coveted committee assignments already pledged to the Freedom Caucus.

I hope others will join me.

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Barbara Jo, what a great idea this is! Is there a list somewhere of those 40? I had already planned to contact Majority Whip Tom Emmer but a list would be helpful if it’s available. No, Emmer is not more reasonable - he voted with the seditionists. He’s just a fellow Minnesotan who pisses me off with his traitorous suck-up behavior and I will do everything in my power to remind him that he lives in a Majority blue state. Just want him to feel all the blue love, Happy to spread that around......!

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Sheila, Aside from visiting the House bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus mentioned in my comment, here is a go-to list of seemingly moderate establishment Republicans I received last week from a Robert Reich Substack subscriber.

(1) Brian Fitzpatrick (202) 225-4276, (2) Andrew Garbarino (202) 225-7896, (3) Ken Calvert (202) 225-1986, (4) Mike Carey (202) 225-2015, (5) John Curtis (202) 225-7751, (6) Mike Gallagher (202) 225-5665, (7) Ashley Hinson (202) 225-2911, (8) David Joyce (202) 225-5731, (9) Blake Moore (202) 225-0453, (10) Nicole Maliotakis (202) 225-3371, (11) Dan Newhouse (202) 225-5816.

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Ken Calvert was my rep for 25 years until redistributing this past election and he is nothing more than a Republican puppet. He will do whatever the party asks/needs.

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@TLH, Thank you for your comment. I will pass it to the person who included Calvert on his list.

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Will they take the calls? How would you suggest positioning our comments to them? I tend to get tongue tied...

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Cynthia, This past month, a number of staffers took my calls when I prevailed upon seemingly more moderate Republicans, who already had signaled a willingness to work with people from across the aisle, to join with Democrats to find a consensus Speaker. The alternative is to call after hours and leave a voicemail message.

As for talking points, in my view, the focus rests with McCarthy’s willingness, solely to get votes, to give a small cabal of extremists more power, more authority, and more ability to play a larger role in the Party. In turn, the other 200 that sat silently with McCarthy had to give up stuff because McCarthy did their dealing for them.

As an example, presuming the extremists are given key committee assignments, that would leave less slots for the other 200. Additionally, I would note another concession McCarthy gave away is that his leadership PAC cannot get involved in primaries. This helps the radical right in closed primaries get a leg up because they won’t have to compete against the money from the leadership PAC. I imagine this provision will be particularly troubling to the relatively large Republican Governance/Tuesday Group PAC, a compilation of so-called Republican moderates, who support the governing wing of the House Republican Conference.

I would conclude by saying that one way to stop empowering these extremists ideologues, several of whom were enablers of the insurrection and driven by a cynical will to power, is not to give McCarthy the votes to implement the rules package.

As a final point, I would note, if you are leaving a voicemail message, while you likely would be able to append your comment, you might, instead, prefer to edit it down to the allotted time.

Hope I’ve been helpful.

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Thank you so much! We have to try and fight every way we can, and I have been feeling SO discouraged and helpless...!

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What a great suggestion. With useful talking points. I'm sorry there's so little time left (at 5am Sunday morning) to reach relevant reps.

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Thank you! Now I know what I’m doing this weekend!

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Great!

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Thanks for the guidance on the house rules package opposition.

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Mike, My pleasure, and thank you for responding.

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I found this link to the problem solvers. It looks up to date.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_Solvers_Caucus

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We must contsct the Republicans listed and ask them to simply defend democracy and vote agsinst the anarchy proposed by the chaos caucus.

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Indeed!

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Joan, Thank you for the link. Because I had suspected the list from which I was working had not been updated prior to the 22 midterms, I had to confirm the names I was collecting had been re-elected.

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Sign me up!

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Woe be to all of us, and the world

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No. Woe be to them. Weak at the core. They will implode upon themselves.

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Christine,

The Nazi party did not implode. Quite the opposite. It grew exponentially as Germans enthusiastically joined that party.

Rather, saturation bombing of all German cities into dust was the only thing that rid the world of Nazi's.

We killed Nazi's until they were gone.

Otherwise? They would still be running (a large fraction of Europe).

Remember: The French ENTHUSIASTICALLY embraced the Germans upon their arrival and happily emptied out the Jewish segments to put French jews on trains to Auschwitz. Then, they moved in to those apartments.

So, we cannot count on implosion.

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Unfortunately, the only thing Nazis and fascists and autocrats seem to understand is brute force. It's how they ultimately deal with everything. They are extreme ideologues who will simply not listen to reason. It's what happens when one replaces almost everything of meaning on one's life with a demented ideology. It becomes the obsession. How many times has it happened in human history, yet as a species we never seem to learn. What happened in the 1920s and '30s is happening all over again with a few changes: it's the same wine in different bottles. And social media, along with right-wing media, is pouring gasoline on all this and allowing it to become an inferno. The shit-show that took place last night--I watched the whole sad spectacle--as well as the events of 2 years ago, is, as HCR reminds us in this Letter, the culmination of a myriad factors coming to a head that have been stewing over the last decades. Last night, and all of the past week, it once again showed it can enter the very halls of our government. I said as much on my own FB page last week that watching this charade showed me once again how even a small cadre of Nazis were able to take over Germany. We cannot wait for them merely to implode because they can do a LOT of damage in the meantime. We cannot assume they are a tiny irrelevant minority anymore. They are a very real and present danger that have to be dealt with by whatever means necessary. We have to "keep our powder dry". I'm NOT advocating violence, but if it comes to that--as it did 2 years ago--we HAVE to be ready to respond.

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I don't know what you mean by "I'm NOT advocating violence, but if it comes to that--as it did 2 years ago--we HAVE to be ready to respond."

I witnessed Jan6 (or MAGA3, as former Chief Sund calls it) from the Mall and the Ellipse and the Supreme Court and the Capitol grounds, just as I watched MAGA1 and MAGA2 the previous 2 months. I live here and try to witness whenever possible. Having read enough reporting about the megamagas and their intentions to assume it would be really bad that day, I was not surprised as I watched the instigators and their braying sheep recruits attack the vastly overwhelmed police forces, with a sound track of droning prayer supplied by the god-botherers' sideshow.

What is it that you would have done had you been there? Sure, it would be fun in a twisted way to punch nazis. But unless you are monitoring bus rental companies, freeway traffic, small plane traffic, small boat traffic, and all the other venues that support movement of very large numbers of anonymous people from many locations to one specific location then you'll be outflanked.

In any case, it's almost assured that the NEXT attack won't be like the last one. Maybe the instigators will be as stupid as the last ones, and maybe the intelligence agencies will pick up most of the communications traffic beforehand, and maybe they will coordinate to prepare an adequate plan in response, and maybe their executives will sign off on the plan, and maybe choose to implement it in time.

Or maybe not.

The warm war we are in now is one-off attacks scattered around the entire nation, carried out by individuals. This war is "just right" (not too hot, not too cold) for "the brains" behind the punk losers who carry out the mass murders.

"Being ready" for violence is something individual citizens could take upon themselves, but beyond observing – witnessing – there's not much in the way of rational response in the moment. I for one won't be walking (or riding my bike) around DC carrying weapons just in case.

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But their demented ideology lives on, fascism. Not all we’re eliminated, South American countries became havens for thousands of Nazis!

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Meanwhile, those deemed “useful” were invited to the US, scientists like Werner VonBraun, and hundreds of officers were allowed to emigrate via a “ paper clip program” first outlined in 1982 in “The Belarus Secret” a wonderful book by former Army intelligence officer John Loftus.

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Mike, one correction to your worthwhile (they always are, actually) comment: plural of Nazi is just nazis, no ‘

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Enthusiastically embraced them? Have you ever seen the pictures of THE FRENCH watching the Germans arrive?

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Agree with your main point but you paint the French with way too board of a brush.

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Inflation should be coming down any moment now along with gasoline prices. They most definitely will continue to implode upon themselves, we’ve been watching it for years. You know those 118 congresspeople who refuse to recognize President Biden as a legitimate president? That’s called sedition. It’s illegal, but here we are. They’ll burn hotter before they’re jettisoned from their seats. Then corrupt judges will hand them a pass. Unless our DOJ steps in, which doesn’t look like anytime soon. We must vote in every election no matter how small. They don’t control us, we control them.

Remember that Social Security you paid into is now on the chopping block. Announce that at EVERY senior citizen event, home, family that has parents and grandparents. Republicans want to take your earned income and give it to their wealthy friends while you gotta quit your job to take care of yourself, your elderly relatives just like The Waltons, but not nearly as civil.

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My relatives, here in Texas, will just blame Biden, Nancy & Hillary (eye roll).

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Cyndy, mine,too! You have my sympathy. I gave up on the state. Maybe you are young enough and will live long enough to see the destructive Texas Republican regime booted out. I couldn’t wait..not enough years.

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Joan, I'm 70, so I probably won't see it in my lifetime. I was so disappointed that Texas didn't elect Beto as governor.

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“When your enemy is making mistakes, don’t interrupt them.” Napoleon

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Yes, but look what happened to Napoleon. Yikes!

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True, but mistakes made in our governance can be costly to all of us.

I would have preferred the Dems take the high road and nominate someone like Liz Cheney or Adam Kinzinger. Having a person who cares about the rule of law and democracy would be better than the fiasco to which we are headed.

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Do you think the Republicans would have voted for Cheney or Kiinzinger? Highly unlikely.

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Let's see, if Dems were united, all they needed was 6 votes

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I hope but I don't feel certainty. They are certainly showing us the leaks in the hose in this country, I just hope the hose holds. McCarthy's giveaways concern me but I did hear that there are some checks in place. Don't plan on a boring year any time soon.

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The big split is coming. They have shown their hand: govt shutdown/default. This would collapse our greatest strength, the financials. There is no way corporate America/Wall Street could support a gov shutdown nor default. Business has to split from the QOP now. If they wait it’s too late.

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They won't, not publicly, while they might incur some right wing customer wrath. They'll sit back until Q3 and depend on the Democrats and some targeted Republicans to save our credit rating. God knows where we'll be by then.

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Defaulting would be catastropic to our economy and the world. This would be like a nuclear bomb to global finance, manufacturing, supply chains including energy and food, and eliminate the social safety net. It would most likley result in a 1930's Great Depression but worse. The tools to combat a global depression would evaporate. The dollar would be replaced as the worlds currency by the Euro and Yuan. Not sure if there could be quantitative easing like in 2007-2009, without a creditble Central Bank, interest rates skyrocket to higher than anything in recent history, and on an on. It makes me think it is just a farce of somekind? Levarage agaist China who owns most of the debt? Could that be? Defaulting is crazy to think about. It is unfathomable.

For regular people, I would say "plant a garden" in order to survive.

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Listen to Ted! He captures what's at stake. As I stated in another comment, the key is to now start boycotting the products and services of companies that legally bribe the legislative insurrectionists with campaign money.

The consequences of a default are incalculable. Everyone would pay a price, some even with their life without Medicare and SS.

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Not soon enough!

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Ain’t that the truth!

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We can only hope.

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Jeri, I used to minimize bad things by saying, “what can they do, send me back to Vietnam?” or, “At least they can’t send me back to Vietnam.” Then I would feel a little better. That doesn’t work anymore.

Now, there are some days I wish someone WOULD send me back....but I always recover from the thought. It does appear that I will be having that thought every day for the foreseeable future.

Let me offer my best thanks to you and the others for your act of kindness to an old warrior on Robert Hubble. I was so touched, and felt so responsible to write something wise enough to deserve the gift, that I haven’t been able to write almost anything since! I will get over it soon, but thanks again.

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I agree. I think indicting Trump will be a good step toward getting these traitors in the House( and Senate) out in the open. These people should not be legislating-if that is what you can call it-at all. That they and the putrid members of the House have held Americans hostage all week long is despicable. I also worry that all of the good accomplishments that the Biden administration has succeeded in doing will somehow be diminished if Trump and company are not held accountable for their many lawless and traitorous acts. I don't know how this will all play out. Maybe We The People will see justice after all but each passing day lessens my hope for seeing this done.

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I just wish every Democrat in Congress would go home soon and instead of repeating the “indict Trump” narrative, they hold town meetings and explain and promote all those good things Biden has done for the country in these past 2 years. It’s not talked about enough and certainly not often and loud enough to out shout the Biden haters.

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There’s nothing stopping us from picking up the phone or going online to let them know! This forum helps us with the Truth of what’s happening. Now that we’re aware, it’s up to each & everyone of us to do what we have to do to make our government work in the best interest of the Majority of the American People!

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For two years I've been disappointed in the Democratic leadership for being so quiet with what President Biden and his administration have been accomplishing. I think they all need to be replaced, but they are quite worthless. Pres. Biden started doing his own informing Americans a year ago.

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I still do not know whether Trump and his fellow conspirators will be prosecuted. I think they will because the injustice if they are not, is far too great.

I do not see how Rule of Law can survive in this country without prosecution of the insurrection plotters.

I am old enough to remember when Geral Ford pardoned Nixon. I was irate then, and I am still! Reagan should have been impeached for Iran-Contra, but he was popular with many and slipped through.

Trump is the 3rd President to overtly commit crimes against our Republic. We cannot afford to let this pass! At least the others left Office, but Trump presents a clear and present . . . and continuing danger. He must be prosecuted for his crimes. And not just him. Trumpism has taken hold of too many. All the conspirators need to be prosecuted. There is plenty of evidence.

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exactly. the apparent lack of alacrity in pursuing prosecution puzzles and worries me.

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Me too. I hope Jack Smith will move things along.

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Cheryl, Every Word, 150%

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They can do all they want in the House. Thanks God that None of it will ever pass in the Senate!

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But they hold the purse strings. They could turn the lights out at the DOJ. I heard a discussion between Lawrence Tribe and Jeffrey Toobin and Toobin was saying that everything would be ok because the democrats will still have the senate and the presidency and Tribe quickly corrected him by pointing out the the house can take money away from anything. They will have the capability to stop investigations. We can only hope there are enough republicans who aren't too terrified to do the right thing.

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My understanding is that they cannot take $ away from Special Counsel, that has separate funding. Go Jack!

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Do you think that there's any chance of indictments now?

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The slow-moving coup continues it's march. McCarthy will be a pitiful excuse of a speaker. He easily could have avoided this debacle by reaching out to a handful of moderate Democrats with minor concessions, yet he choose to sell his soul to Gaetz, et. al., guaranteeing that Movement Conservatives will hogtie the government for at least the next two years.

The closet insurrectionists are winning, but they haven't won... yet.

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He didn't just sell his soul (which is worthless) to Gaetz, He sold the whole Country to the very people who have openly declared their desire to bring down the entire government of the United States in favor of a dictatorship. I only hope that somewhere along the line a huge majority of Americans will recognize this appetite to destroy and fight for our rights.

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McCarthy put on display two years ago what a weak excuse for a human being he is, much less a credible legislator or negotiator. He will be remembered for condemning Trump (rightly) for fomenting the riot at the Capitol, then immediately slithering on his belly down Mar-a-Lago to lick Trump's feet when it became clear that Trump would retain much of his base's support. In doing so he lost any respect he may have had, even within his own framented party. The good news is this: if Gaetz, MTG and the other wacko's make good on their threat to hold the country hostage over the debt ceiling, McKarthy will likely reneg on his assurance to honor this blatant extortion. And if I'm wrong and McKarthy's cowadice runs so deep as to give these criminals their way, one tactic Democrats might use would be to take any shortfall straight off the top of the nearly Trillion dollar annual Military budget, one of the few things Republicans seem to hold dear. (And no, I don't think that would weaken us militarily or hurt our troops because I don't think either the Executive or even SCOTUS would allow it, through extrordinary measures, to come to pass). The other thing that Biden and the Dems need to do is to get very tough on the likes of Tucker Carlson and Fox News, Brightbart and the rest, First Amendment arguments be damned! What these miscreants broadcast to the radicalized mob of red voters daily is tantamount to sedition, and some reasonable limits must be established. We're down to bare nuckles, folks; desperate times call for desperate action, and we'd better start getting serious.

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I feel your frustration and I will bet that most here do, but as soon as 1st Ammendment is altered, you would watch it further segregate those that have from those that don't. The people who need a voice would have none.

The law is a blunt instrument. Once written, it takes the responsibility from us to behave as a kind, compassionate and responsive society. It puts the responsibility on authoritarian aspects (law enforcement) to keep peace, instead of citizens stepping up on an individual basis to take pride and responsibility in our community. It also seems to have the effect of devaluing our investment to a certain extent.

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Aargh, what happened to the spell checker at 3AM? (Just re read my comment and I'm chagrinned, but oh well.)

Jean, I somewhat agree with you, but we already have that separation between the "haves and the have nots" - see Citizens United. And there already exist constraints against abuse of the 1st, as in the "shouting 'fire' in a crowded theater" case. It's time to apply a few additional reasonable ones, such as prohibiting a defeated president from thundering "fight like hell" to an armed, angry mob and fining media moguls for allowing demonstrably false claims of election fraud to permeate and percolate through a large and very gullible segment of the electorate for years, destabilizing our very democracy. I don't believe this would actually damage the First Amendment or put our citizens at great risk.

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Long before Citizens United, classicism existed, but Citizens United did us no favors. I am all for repealing that horrifying decision. As for himself, he can be prosecuted on any number of crimes. The media is another matter. I read, then restrict my own watching to pbs because I don't like to listen to the snarky, derogatory the tone on other stations. I haven't listened to Fox since the days of Rush and Bill O. People shouldn't have to hear opinion told as truth, and they should not be able to tell lies. This, by the way, has nothing to do with "free speech". Spreading a deliberate lie is a different ballpark from opinion. I agree, there needs to be accountability.

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Yes, McCarthy and the repubs sold us all down the river. Not his soul, not their souls, if they have souls, but the soul of America. We watched it happening in real time and we are paying the price. And will continue to pay. While President Biden honored heroes with Presidential Citizens Medals, the repubs were making backroom deals to destroy our Democracy. Like high schoolers running for student body to impress their friends, or for some coveted prize, they gave away the Democracy and that should shock anyone who has a clue how government works. And who is watching? On the anniversary of the Insurrection, who’s in jail? Justice is too slow.

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True, it’s not just his putrid soul

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Without a doubt, you are spot on. What I saw was a plan. I don't believe they were ever against McCarthy, nor he them. They had this opportunity to bargain "rules" so they could further 'legitimize' their intent. They work for the exclusive wealth, like their leader, those that don't intend to pay taxes on what they accumulate. Isn't that why they act like they are immune?

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The irony is that this political attack on our country has occurred exactly two yrs after the horrific physical attack.

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Was it ironic or planned? There are some highly intelligent immoral (not immortal as they believe) people in our government, elected or groupies.

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When you sign on to support the insurrection against the people by overturning the people's election, there's nothing "closet" about those insurrectionists. And they are being seated now without objection. Seems like the 14th Amendment just got overturned without a vote.

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If McCarthy gets his way, not just the 14th Amendment but the whole Constitution will be burned at the stake in favor of a Fascist Dictator. He has openly declared his intention to dissolve the Ethics Committee. To defund the Restoration Act along with a lot more idiocies

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He has been very clear in his intentions , now he has the path.

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I'm embarrassed to admit, but can someone please explain exactly how the ethics committee work?

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Cynthia I believe what the Ethics Committee will laser focus on is shielding the House members that were involved in the J6 Insurrection off the hook. It also involves oversee of distribution of monies received by House members. Who paid whom off for favors. In a nutshell, McCarthy gave the elected Insurrectionists their get out of jail free card.

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More un-irony, giving the keys to the house to the crooks who tried to burn it down. This happens when there are no consequences for the criminals. It’s simple parenting. Or politics.

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I agree 100% Irenie.

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Well that's unbelievable... I'm depressed and devastated. And I feel so helpless.

Oh, I'll keep writing, calling and speaking out... but I feel like we're sliding down an elevator shaft covered in butter...

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Infuriating. My anger at this knows no bounds. I wonder how many of us it would take to... lawsuit? How about we sue the DOJ for not protecting our government from seditionists? I mean the law IS in place. Just us ordinary citizens make them enforce this. We’ve seen the danger they foment. We have their names and proof they refused to certify the votes. What’s the hold up?

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I agree with what you are saying.A class action lawsuit by WeThe People against legislators who tried to negate citizens legally cast ballots.Another suit against the DOJ for not enforcing the law of the land.I, like you, am infuriated by all of this.

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We need more like minded folk! Michael Moore has been pushing this narrative for months and he’s asking questions of the DOJ and the federal government. I want to know WHY? Why is the law being ignored? Why are these seditionists seated in our hallowed halls of government? We need more people to demand their immediate removal.

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And just maybe, a lot more people are starting to notice. Republicans going rouge should be hung around there necks. Calling Jack Smith.

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Republicans going rogue with rouge is even worse. 😗

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Especially when pushing a ruse.

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Hahahaha!

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Watch this: https://youtu.be/-1It5Z7dfMY

Thank you, Dr. Richardson, for giving us a summary of the history of how we got to the current day, ending up with a weasel like McCarthy as Speaker... A total disgrace to our beautiful country when there are people like Hakeem Jeffries

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Thank you for this link. If you have not listened to Hakeem Jeffries speech I urge you to do so. If we cave into hopelessness and defeat than we are truly the losers. Look what was accomplished in the last two years. We must persist for Democracy for our children and grandchildren.

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His speech was wonderful and worth staying up for. His clever alphabetical, almost-a-rap, was a delight. As soon as he handed off the gavel, I was DONE! The thought of listening to McCarthy acting as if he won the gavel on the first vote was nauseating.

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Wow. A speech to energize and feel proud to hear. Thank you for posting, Marli.

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Thank you for posting this 🙏🙏🙏 I couldn’t stick with news in the making into the wee hours. Jeffries focusing on caucus accomplishments (so many and so big) and the desire/need to keep working to benefit we the people. Sounded like he was booed (?) when beginning to talk about the next two years. If those fascist insurrectionists think our elected representatives are simply going to rollover and let them take a wrecking ball to all the good stuff they have accomplished I hope they (the fascists) spend the next two years facing the criminal charges they deserve. Again, thank you for the link to Jeffries great speech. 🙏

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Great speech. Thanks for posting.

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What you said, Marli. A total disgrace....it is very depressing that McCarthy will dismantle so much good for so much terrible!

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I watched that, and his speech just before handing the Speaker's gavel to McCarthy. Jeffries will be an excellent Minority Leader and, hopefully the next Speaker. I found his words inspirational, and enjoy his clear penchant for alliteration. He is strong, clear, and has sense of humor which, I believe, will help sustain him through the pressures and stresses of the job.

God bless him!

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