The fight over how we conceive of our federal government was on full display today. The Biden administration announced the creation of the American Climate Corps. This will be a group of more than 20,000 young Americans who will learn to work in clean energy, conservation, and climate resilience while also earning good wages and addressing climate change.
This is just one of the myriad times, over the past 6 years, that I sit in utter disbelief over the absolute chaos the Republican Party has created - all in the service of that narcissistic sociopath in Florida who wants to destroy our democracy because he lost the 2020 election.
Thank you Heather. All who are dedicated to the concept of freedom the importance of democracy must rise up and commit in our mind, heart, and actions as AG Garland stated about the DOJ: “We will not back down from defending our democracy.” Together we must bend the moral arc of the universe back toward justice.
“Name one time that we’ve shut the government down and we haven’t got the blame.”
American exceptionalism is a worthy but abstract concept that sometimes actually materializes in tangible and quite beneficial ways. But Republicans now are turning the idea into a joke. They're intentionally ruining the nation and embracing chaos at a juncture when exactly the opposite is needed.
The tragic truth is that our system of government at the federal level is fundamentally flawed. How else to explain that Congress can vote to not meet financial obligations it already approved? How else to explain that a single senator can block approval of hundreds of military appointments, including those at the very top.
Breaking news: this is not democracy. It's authoritarian rule by a small minority of radicals who care nothing about the will of the people.
Wonderful letter today! Your last sentence, Heather, says it all. Not just about the DOJ, bur about US. “We will not be intimidated,” he added. “We will do our jobs free from outside influence. And we will not back down from defending our democracy.” After hearing your live discussion about your book and how it came to be last night, I truly believe, as do you, that there are multitudes of caring, wonderful people in the United States who will not be intimidated and who will not back down from defending our democracy. I am just one! Thank you, Heather, as always!
The Republi-con party needs to be reclassified as a "domestic terrorist organization".
Thank you. Good summary of todays events. I’ve reached the conclusion that the MAGAS not only want to divide & conquer; they want to wear us out & conquer. Just same old, same old BS. I’m fed up. Constantly holding the nation hostage with their insane demands. It wouldn’t be so hard to take if they actually believed what they say. But it’s all for the sake of gaining control over the middle & lower classes. They have no interest whatsoever in the national debt. DT proved that. This is a simple power grab. A last ditch effort to create a fascist regime.
My daughter has an awesome boss, working for the DOJ. I've never doubted that Merrick Garland was up to the job.
Some day (if academic freedom is still legal and permissible) someone will write a PhD thesis on the American political system from Obama through Biden. I know that Heather Cox Richardson will provide that person with rich resources. Another excellent summary. Thank you!
It’s always a good day to remember how the vulgarian, dog-whistling, anti-government zealotry of Ronald Reagan assembled the launchpad for this current Hindenburg of a GOP debacle.
It's infuriating how adept the Republican extremists have become at performing for the right wing media. Their shouting, and grandstanding, and utter disrespect for the institution they are sworn to defend serves to further undermine trust in our democracy. Wrecking balls swing back and these fools are in the path of the one they think they are using cleverly, government shutdown. It will exact a toll, but alas, not before they cause a great deal of suffering. They truly are like those that would destroy it all to rule over the rubble.
Bravo to AG Garland! I also loved Swawell’s comments aimed at Jordan. Priceless. Thank you again Dr.
Politics curdles when mixed with religion.
Thank you Heather.
The ACC is a fantastic idea!
AG Garland’s pushback was most welcome.
The looming shutdown is deeply alarming. I’m not at all sure how it’s even legal for legislators who are supposed to defend our Constitution to openly attack our Constitution - and by extension, US. How does a fringe minority get away with this crap?
The trump cult (also known as the Right Wing Terrorists or former Republican Party) care nothing for our country and its people and are comfortable destroying it. The democrats should grab the high ground: cut a deal with the remaining republicans and McCarthy with hard and fast commitments that would isolate the trump cultists and focus on governing for all the people not doing trump’s retribution. Together, with good liberal ideas and conservative bed rails - we could have a government and nation to be proud of. Ok, ok...I’ll put my rose colored glasses back in the drawer under the tie-dyed t-shirts...
Th selfish have no room for Justice.