Our core fundamentals are under siege
As was witnessed when Trump's lies-fed mobs encouraged by Trump's fellow insurrectionist Republicans - 'young' Republicans like Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley - violently attacked the capitol building in their failed attempts to overthrow the republic.
No doubt the Trump Republicans will continue to do whatever they can using BIG LIES to continue their assaults on democracy. Republicans like Cruz and Hawley PERSIST in claiming Trump lost UNfairly. Big lies have been a key tactic used by the far right since the 1930s.
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two political parties that appear to be in no mood for compromise.
Trump is threatening to start his own political party. To keep Trump from doing so the GOP probably will again obey Trump and allow him to control the Republican Party.
The GOP can't afford to lose Trump's base: it's currently the minority party. That it recognizes its minority status is one more reason the R's want to restrict voting and undermine faith in elections.
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If 'compromise' would include meeting the demands of Trump's violent, extreme right wing mobs that want to destroy the democratic elements of the republic half way, then NO.
If ‘compromise’ would include giving up any civil rights and returning to some variation of separate but equal, then NO.
Trumpism and all other radical right wing movements must be resisted. The far right have always been part of American politics.
Trump and his fellow Republicans have undermined trust in elections and voting.
If the US - including both major parties - can restore faith in the republic's democratic features, the far right can be better checked and the majority of the country can move on.
Until then, NO COMPROMISE WITH VIOLENT RIGHT WING THUGGERY.
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Respect to all Brazilians protesting against Bolsonaro's far right authoritarian regime and its failures dealing with the pandemic.
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Respect to all Israelis protesting against Netanyahu's corruption.
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need for federal election standards and other reforms to shore up the foundations of American democracy
Indeed voting and elections are cornerstone to democracy.
The attempts by Trump and his fellow Republicans to undermine voting and elections have weakened many American's faith in them. That faith needs to be restored.
Trump, his fellow Republicans and other extreme right winger's failed, deadly coup shows what happens when voting and elections are disregarded.
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Respect to all Russians willing to risk all while protesting against their nation's far right brand of authoritarianism.
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trump will not go behind bars
I agree. He might have to pay some fines, not much more. He's too 'big' and too well connected to get much more than a wrist-slap. If he does get fined, he'll use that in another appeal to his base claiming he like them has been victimized by the system. Again they'll believe him and send him more money.
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A handful of Senate Republicans have indicated they are open — but not committed — to conviction. But most have come to Trump's defense
As Lindsey Graham (a new leader of the Republican 'intentional misinformation spreaders' and flip-floppers) said Trump remains the face of the Republican Party.
Graham is one of the Qanon backed, global far rightists pushing the choice between maintaining the republic or replacing it with Trumpism.
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With unemployment jumping by another 1.3 million applications last week
Millions of Americans who've been severely hurt by the failures of Biden's predecessor to deal effectively with the pandemic need all the help they can get.
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study the threat of domestic violent extremism
It's only the Republicans wanting to keep far right extremists under their umbrella that continue to deny white supremacists and other far right, heavily armed 'militias' are the greatest threat to Americans and the democratic principles of the republic. No wonder 'foreign' states have their keyboard armies supporting the 'Americans' who want to overthrow the US government.
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Texas needs to secede from the union. Many Texans have long wanted that, wanted their own Republic of Texas. The most worrying thing about Texas going its own way would be losing federally backed protections for birds at places like Big Bend.
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And if Trump and his fellow insurrectionist Republicans are shown by investigators to have had any role in inciting the violent mobs of ultra-right anti-democracy Trump backers who attacked the capitol, put them each on trial.
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faster work to curb fossil fuel emissions.
This will upset Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Russia and its partner Iran, get them to pay more scientists and keyboard warriors to spread messages about the need to maintain the fossil era so the oil states and big global oil corporations can maintain their wealth and control.
No more wars for big oil!
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Yeah, impeachment. Not like there is anything else going on that needs their undivided attention...
I'm only familiar, and vaguely so with what all elected US officials do. But in the bits I've followed over the years I've noticed the range of issues they have to deal with at pretty much the same time is extensive. In your country do politicians only handle a single issue at a time?
So yeah, impeachment, too.
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unlikely to defend Trump, citing his participation in the same rally.
Hopefully Eastman and all others involved in the Trump rally will be investigated by Gen. Honore's group. If evidence shows they had roles in the rally and the deadly attack on the capital that followed, they should be tried.
All involved in the insurrection should be named and shamed - at minimum. Especially the powerful right wing Republicans backing it with words - and money.
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arguing a full reckoning is necessary before the country — and the Congress — can move on.
The Republicans in the insurrectionist caucus need to go on record for all to see whether they support the country or Trump. It's a binary situation, after all.
If the Trump Republicans continue their approach to further divide the nation, it will be even more difficult for the country to move on.
Though the Trump backers remain a minority, as was seen on the deadly attack on the capitol they are viciously violent.
Vote out the Trump Republicans. Vote in pols willing to support the democratic principles the republic's built on, not those who want to undermine them.
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The letter to the disciplinary body cited Giuliani's false statements in court and in public about widespread voter fraud, as well as his call for “trial by combat."
Like in a gangster movie, Rudy Giuliani has acted as lawyer for the Trump syndicate. Hopefully he'll face a trial for his roles in instigating the deadly 'combat'.
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Cruz acknowledged Biden's victory on Wednesday, but he refused to describe it as legitimate when pressed.
Cruz and others in the Republican insurrectionist caucus will continue their faction's efforts to further weaken the republic. They will continue Trump's attacks on elections and voting.
Hopefully Lt. Gen. (ret) Honore's task force investigating Trump's failed - and deadly - assault on the capitol will look into the roles played by Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, Gaetz and other anti-democracy Republican politicians in inciting Trump's mobs.
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His predecessor Donald Trump left much of the planning to individual states, resulting in a patchwork of policies across the country.
Trump never had clue one how to manage. His highest priorities while in office were playing golf and padding his bank accounts. His failures have left more than 400,000 Americans dead, millions sickened, and an economy in shambles. Trump and his Republicans have handed Biden huge problems, some of which may never be solved.
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It will be interesting to see what the CCP rulers who have business ties with Trump, Ivanka and Jared do going forward, and whether the Trump brand is so badly tarnished that it becomes even weaker.
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The anthem is much too martial for me. She also over-tarted it for my taste, but still, what a voice!
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Still waiting for someone to tell me how Biden will be good for Japan.
On that off topic note, I'm still waiting for a Trump supporter to say Trump's deadly and fortunately failed coup was flat out, 100% wrong. Without following it with some form of whatabout.
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You wouldn’t have given Biden the time of day a year ago. Now you have to pretend you like him and celebrate him.
Count me in on that. Biden is far too centrist for me.
But when the choice was between a centrist and an ultra right authoritarian wannabe who was damaging the US and undermining democratic principles around the globe, I voted against Trump. Still, I wish Biden and team best of luck. Undoing the damage Trump has done requires a Herculean effort.
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McConnell made a break with Trump, blaming the defeated president for having “provoked” the mob.
McConnell's a shape shifter. He needs to look at the roles his fellow Republican Senators Cruz and Hawley played in provoking Trump's mob.
He also needs to look at the roles his fellow Republican senators like L. Graham have played in enabling Trump and his followers.
McConnell needs to show he cares more about the country than he does about maintaining the wealth and power of the Republican Party. And his own bank account.
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Biden's inauguration goes off with no security issues
Hats off to the security forces. But what a sad way to move away from the Trump era. Trump and his followers have been the worst enemies the republic has seen in decades.
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"He is going to be an asterisk president, a one-termer who did more damage than good,"
Nutshell. And it could be some of that damage cannot be repaired. The divisions along all sorts of social and economic lines have been there since Europeans first stepped on what became the US, but Trump has widened them further. That some Trump followers LOL and har har at the problems Trump's leaving behind says they'll continue supporting his divisive tactics.
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housands of good paying jobs in Canada
Long passed time to move away from the fossil era. That pipeline is already a relic.
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Capitol siege when Trump backers breached the building,
Trump's extreme right wing ultra nationalists and other white supremacists remain the greatest obstacle to unity and the greatest threat to American security.
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It will be interesting to see whether Lt. Gen. (ret.) Honore finds Bannon played a role in the Jan 6 Trump rally and its following deadly attack. Trump has reportedly pardoned a couple African American rappers, including Lil Wayne, who endorsed him during the election, and Kodiak Black.
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