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The Roll-Back 0

Gordon Weil espies a disturbing trend. Here’s the nub of his article (emphasis added):

But a divide has begun to emerge between them (the two major American political parties–ed.) with some Republicans believing that their party should reverse the trend toward greater democracy. Voter suppression and misusing Senate voting practices have become part of the GOP agenda.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

In a related vein, Professor Richard Cherwitz reminds us that, “once democracy is gone, it’s gone.”


“A Republic, If You Can Keep It” 0

At The Denver Post, Air Force Major General (ret.) Irv Halter points out that “it’s not the economy, stupid.” Here’s a bit from his article (emphasis added):

We’re Americans. We do not swear an oath to a leader or to a political party. We are a nation of laws and owe allegiance to the Constitution alone. We have fought for it, died for it. When the Constitution is subverted, the danger to our Republic reaches far beyond our disagreements about politics and culture. Within it, we can accomplish anything, debate anything, fix anything. Outside of it, the American enterprise dies.

What happened leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, was an organized attack on our founding document and nation. Despite overwhelming evidence, people who should have been saying “no” to the lie and the liar, instead marched in lockstep behind him.


Call to Order 0

Couple watching the January 6 hearings on television as Liz Cheney sayd,

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Facebook Frolics 0

Self-incriminating frolics.


A Tune for the Times 0


“Just Live with It” Is Not an Option 0

A law professor takes issue with Justice (sic) Clarence Thomas. Here’s how he opens his article; follow the link for the rest.

United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has said, regarding those who protest the potential decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, that “We are becoming addicted to wanting particular outcomes, not living with the outcomes we don’t like.”

This is a remarkable statement.

By this same philosophy, we should chide those, who were unwilling to “live with” Dred Scott v. Sanford.


Freedom of Screech 0

Title:  The Absolutist.  Image:  Man:  As you know, I consider myself a principled free speech absolutist.  Sparky:  Ah, then you must be appalled by all these Republican efforts to ban books.  Man:  No, haven't really given it much though.  Does anyone still read books?  Sparky:  What about the bill in Florida prohibiting schools and businesses from inflicting

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“The Reactionary Trap” 0

(In an interesting bit, David and his guest discuss the role of “social” media in creating bubbles of believers and silos of sycophants. That discussion starts at about the 3 1/2 minute mark.)

Read the article under discussion.


The Nuremberg Defense 0

It didn’t work for Nazis then, and it doesn’t look like it’s working now.


Freedom of Screech 0

Yale Law Professor:

Freedom of speech for me, but not for thee.


The Vice of the Turtle 0

Mitch McConnell, Clarence Thomas, and Ginni Thomas stand together.  Ginni Thomas,  holding a Bible and wearing a

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Tools of the Trumpling 0

Farron discusses former Republican Congressman Will Hurd’s theory as to Donald Trump’s dominance of the Republican Party.


“But the Emails” 0

No, not Hillary’s. John Eastman’s.


Russian Impulses 0

Know them by the asylum they seek.


Sick Day 0

Liz Dye reports that Alex Jones keeps ducking court proceedings.

One would think that he does not have the courage of his conniptions.


The Wall-Eyed Piker 0

The Arizona Republic’s Elvia Diaz points out that Trump’s wall keeps tumbling down, just like everything else (Trump steaks, Trump vodka, Atlantic City casinos, and almost the United States of America) that Donald Trump has been associated with. A snippet:

I’m cracking up over the fact that smugglers have breached Trump’s border wall more than 3,000 times over the past three years.

It’s true. The $15 billion wall, which Trump claimed over and over again that Mexico would pay for, “is no match for a $15 hand saw.”

Even cheaper tools probably would have poked holes in it.


The Desecrator’s Defense 0

Lauren Boebert defends her act of disrespectful desecration. David dissects the dissimulation. (Warning: Short commercial at the end.)


The casual vile hate-fullness of it all does rather turn one’s stomac–oh, never mind.


Hypothetically Speaking 0

At Above the Law, Mark Hermann suggests a change of perspective. Here’s one of this examples; follow the link for some others.

Suppose the Secretary of State during the attack in Benghazi, Libya, had been a Republican? How would Republicans have responded?

If your answer is, “Exactly as they did for Hillary Clinton; not a thing would have changed,” then politicians are more likely to be acting on principle, rather than partisanship.


A Fifth Columnist 0

Margaret Sullivan profiles an American Quisling.


“But There’s No Other Possible Explanation” 0

David talks with Northeastern University professor Edward Miller about the how conspiratorial thinking infiltrated the Republican Party and the American right-wing, with a focus on the role of Robert Welch and the John Birch Society.