House Republicans appear to be barreling toward a government shutdown, unable to agree even to debate a bill to fund the military. That rejection made Republican leadership pull from the floor a continuing resolution to fund the government into October. Extremist members simply refuse to agree to any bill that doesn’t cave to their demands. And, as NBC News reporters note, “The House [Republican] chaos is worse than it may appear.” The bills over which they are currently fighting cannot possibly pass the Senate. Government funding ends on September 30.
Four days ago, Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off a month-long tour of college campuses to mobilize younger voters to “fight for our freedoms.”
Sewell noted, “Generations of Americans—many in my hometown of Selma, Alabama—marched, fought, and even died for the equal right of all Americans to vote. But today, their legacy and our very democracy are under attack as MAGA extremists target voters with new laws to restrict voting access. Ten years after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the fight for voting rights has never been more urgent.”
Only one quibble here--Democrats MUST start replacing the phrase "MAGA extremists" with the real attackers "billionaire Republican wanna be oligarchs". The only hope Democrats have of ousting the right wing extremists in Congress and state governments is to call out the puppet masters and let their gullible followers know how they are being manipulated and why. The manifesto is out there in Project 2025. It is time Harris and Biden and Schumer and Jeffries start pointing to it and naming names.
I believe that the extremists forcing a shut-down of the government are doing it to please their donors as a broken economy will favor Trump. The billionaires will survive another recession, and the impact of Project 2025 if enacted will only increase their wealth. The rest of us will take the hit.
Thank you Heather. There should be no doubt that the GOP has become a criminal organization seeking to destroy America from the inside and replace it with their extremist fringe doctrine. They seek to impeach President Biden with no evidence of wrongdoing, severely damage the economy, weaken the military, sever our commitment to Ukraine, and blame all of the resulting damage on ‘wokeness’.
This is not based upon policy differences in economics, foreign, or domestic policy that could be negotiated and addressed by committee compromise. Today’s GOP is looking for disrupting Federal Government, and destroying protections such as voting rights, vital to any form of democracy.
The subversion of justice and democracy are readily apparent. Look to Ken Paxton’s impeachment acquittal in Texas. The attempts to remove duly elected Janet Protasiewicz from the State Supreme Court in Wisconsin before she has even ruled on her first case. The corruption of Thomas, the incomplete investigation into Kavanaugh, and McConnell blocking Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
The GOP is all about the concentration of wealth and the perpetuation of control of the U.S. government and they simply do not care if justice, democracy, and any attempt at equity are destroyed along the way.
Good news from New Hampshire and Pennsylvania! Must check voter registration on line this day! ❤️🇺🇸🌎🕊️
"as soon as the decision was handed down, Republican-dominated state legislatures passed voter suppression laws, gerrymandered their states, and closed polling sites, measures that made it more difficult for Black Americans, many of whom backed Democrats, to vote. In the decade since the decision, Sewell noted, at least 29 states have passed a total of almost 100 laws restricting voting"
Republicans often hark to the famous colonial slogan "No taxation without representation", seemingly oblivious to the last two words in the phrase, Yet, if you think about it, "representation" is the key word to what the "American Experiment" was all about; and arguably should be at present.
Thank you once again HCR for highlighting the importance of voting. It's time to rise up and VOTE BLUE all the way through and eject ALL MAGGOT extremists from positions of "leadership".
Will history repeat itself?
Athens vs Sparta - https://dc.ewu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1178&context=theses
“This is one of the few times in history that a democratic society has essentially been taken hostage by an oppressive few who wish to completely reverse the social and political norms of the time. Yet the outcome is a tribute to the resiliency of the system of democracy both ancient and modern. Even after oligarchy was firmly in power, and the chief leaders of the popular party were dead or imprisoned, the people of Athens were able to take back their city and restore the earlier form of government.”
“This topic is especially relevant to the world in which many of us live today; that is, a world we consider to be equal and democratic. There are, of course, many similarities between Athens in the fifth century B.C. and modern political systems. For example, politicians arranged along factional lines debate each other over many of the same issues as did Athenians in the fifth century. In both ages, they argue over what is ‘constitutional’ and the ongoing anxieties of being locked in incessant warfare. Other dilemmas like “whether to go to war in some far-off land; how to lessen the inequalities between, or reconcile, the rich and poor; how to decide on who could be a citizen and what that status entailed; how far democratic practices such as rotation in office and selection by lot should extend, and how to administer an empire” are significant parallels.“
That last paragraph! We have had it. This s*%t’s gotta stop. Vote. Stand up. Call out the lies. Get in the way. Promote democratic principles.
I will gladly run into a conflict to protect our democratic republic so my children (and their future children) don’t have to. Idiocracy is real.
Hoping for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to be fully restored🙏
So, 45 members of the Freedom Caucus are set to accomplish what 2,000 rioters attempted to do on Jan 6, 2021? What is wrong with our definition of "insurrection" that this threat to continuing our government occurs repeatedly without punishment of jail time or fines?
I’m still wondering: can the House Republicans impeach Biden without evidence by simply voting “all in favour”? Combined with the government shutdown, it would basically be handing the USA to Putin on a silver platter.
Some people wonder if the people who vote GOP know that they are helping them end democracy and all its advantages. I think the answer is “yes” and “no”. “Yes”, they want to ditch democracy: they want to go back to the age of the “strong man”, they want a great chieftain to adore and worship, one who takes all simply because he can, one who will lead them into war to vanquish their weak and inferior neighbours. “No”, because they probably don’t fully realize what the consequences are: if _their neighbors_ happen to be superior and are led by an even stronger “strong man”, there are no laws and rules left that prevent these stronger neighbours from killing _them_.
"The reason for voter suppression was made clear again today..."
Members of the NANP, (New American Nazi Party, formerly the GOP,) know very well if we have fair, free, open elections, with broad citizen participation, they are doomed to political irrelevancy. They will go the way of the Whigs.
One hopes we are seeing their death throes now as they resist adapting to an evolving, progressive social and cultural landscape. They are trying mightily, and, in the end, fruitlessly, to unbend MLK's arc of history.
So, why not say it! Why not! It’s all about Republicans restricting Black voters, about “Jim Crow-like” Racist Republicans, the KKK of today, GOP Color haters, Republican fascists, Jews will not replace us, eternally antisemitic Trump supporters, Putin and Trump loving fascist Republicans, born-again white supremacy so-called Christain activist nationalists, Alabama Republican white supremacists, Elon Musk fascist Republicans, it’s the economy, stupid, it’s the Democrats fighting for the four freedoms, it’s about nuclear war, Russian Ukraine war leadership, not a Brave New World seminar, standing room only, featuring The Stranger, The Plague, Albert Camus Jean-Paul Sartre... and President Abraham Lincoln... Sally Hemings, her lover Founder Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks... straight talk on campuses everywhere, I have a dream,...we’re in Heaven, and God’s number two is Sammy Davis Jr., dancing and singing.. midnight in America... never again in Jerusalem, it’s about our children and they are color-blind and free.
I have a dream, Heather Cox Richardson teaches a semester at Howard University... Boston College takes her back and the two schools merge.
I have a dream..
Will we even have a government by Nov 2024. How many of us can survive with no pay checks, no way to get critical services, and no protection from the evil that is destroying our “administrative state” from the inside. I have resources to survive for several months, many don’t. The young can’t solve our current mess . When will we have enough. And when we do have enough, what will we do….
Our MSM just blathers on about bull Schitt. No wonder people don’t seem attentive. Pearl Harbor focused attention, will the chaos of the shutdown wake people to our enemy within… or just blame Joe
After 3-1/2 weeks fighting the flu, I am heartened to come back and read about my neighbors to the north with their wins in Pennsylvania! Picked up on my postcarding yesterday as well...yay!
Marc Elias is doing God’s work! And I believe young voters are going to save us all.