Republicans Try to Rewrite History

“You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the sixth, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.”

– Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA)

“Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags. They fought us, they had Confederate flags in the U.S. Capitol.”

– US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn

“The truth is being censored and covered up, and as a result, the DOJ is harassing peaceful patriots across the country.”

– Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ)

“I just remember the anger I felt when I saw those images, busting windows, climbing the walls and stuff like that. It was an audible gasp in the room, seeing those images.”

– US Capitol Police Officer Byron Evans

“There have been things worse than people without any firearms coming into a building.”

– Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)

“They called us traitors. They beat us. They dragged us.”

– US Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell

“Some of them went in and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, they had great relationships.”

– Donald J. Trump, March 2021

 

Sanitizing an Insurrection

To listen to some members of Congress tell it, January 6th was practically a love-in. Which is not how Capitol police officers remember that day.

Officers saw a mob knock over barricades, scale the walls of the Capitol, smash windows… and assault fellow officers with flagpoles, bear spray, and anything else at hand. Officers were called “traitor,” “ni**er,” and other insults.

The halls of Congress were smeared with feces. Rioters broke into offices – including Speaker Pelosi’s office. They breached and ransacked the Senate chamber.

These are the “peaceful protestors” GOP officials defend. The “tourists” they claim did no harm. The cost of this “peaceful protest?” According to the Architect of the Capitol, $30 million in repairs and additional security.

That’s an awful lot of money for cleaning up a “peaceful protest.” And – according to Reuters – American taxpayers will be on the hook for the whole amount. Because Uncle Sam rarely carries insurance.

But – apparently – a small price to the GOP for backing their failed leader.

The Call to Defend Democracy

With all the voter suppression laws the GOP is forcing through, their strategy is pretty clear: Disenfranchise as many non-GOP voters as possible.

Which is why we have to mobilize all the voters we can. No matter how many hurdles the Republicans throw against us.

And why we have to wrest back control of local and state-wide offices.

Progressives clearly have the numbers. Just look at Biden’s overall victory. He won by millions of votes. And we can turn those votes into local and state victories. We just have to get folks out to vote.

Which means grassroots organizing. Overcoming roadblocks to minority voting. And ensuring that every qualified voter is properly registered.

Will it be easy? Probably not. But the alternative is authoritarian rule by the few… and the end of Democracy in America.

Sleepy Joe… or Crazy Bernie?

Suddenly the once-crowded field of Democratic hopefuls is down to two serious contenders: Sleepy Joe Biden and Crazy Bernie Sanders. Yes; I know. Tulsi Gabbard is still running. But I said “serious” contenders. And Gabbard is so far out of the race, Trump hasn’t even given her a nickname.

So, will it be Sleepy Joe… or Crazy Bernie?

More important, perhaps, who will the Democrats’ choice face in November?

But I Thought Trump Had a Lock on the Nomination

He does. But where’s his insulting nickname? After all, he names all his enemies.

Remember Lyin’ Ted… Little Marco… and Crooked Hillary? How about Pocahontas? He even dubbed Jeff Sessions – his first Senate supporter – Mr. Magoo. Turnabout should be fair play.

With Trump, that should be easy. He has so many attributes to choose from. For example, we could label him Don “Baggy Suits” Trump. Every time he fires another federal employee for doing their job, we could use this mobster nickname.

How about his epic rear comb-over? There goes Hair-B-Gone Don. Think about how he throws a tantrum every time somebody claps back at him. It’s the Toddler-in-Chief. And just imagine what we could do with all that clown make-up he wears!

Here’s the Name That Gets My Vote

Better yet, we could focus on all his crazy lies. Not the normal everyday variety, but the ones that make him reallystand out.

  • He thinks Finland has fewer wildfires than the U.S. because they rake their forests.
  • He’s claimed the noise made by windmills causes cancer.
  • He believes coronavirus will magically evaporate when warmer weather arrives.

This is nuclear-level looniness. This is the stuff that makes flat-earthers think, “Wow! This guy is nuts.”

Which brings me to the title our mud-slinging president richly deserves: Dopey Don.

Calling him out on his lies has no effect. He just doubles down. Accuse him of wrong-doing, and he just shrugs it off. But laughing at him gets under his skin. He fixates on it. He goes off the rails.

So, let’s put him there.

What Happened to Taking the High Road?

I know… Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.” But how’s that working out? Not too well, right?

The GOP would love us to take the high road. Especially since they cluster-bombedit for at least the last decade. Voter suppression… extreme gerrymandering… and dumping load after load of outright lies. At this point, we’d be lucky to findthe high road… let alone take it.

I don’t know if Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie will carry the party banner in November. But I doknow this:

If “Mr. President” runs against Crazy Bernie or Sleepy Joe, we already know which candidate will seem more presidential.

We need a descriptive nickname that will stick – like Moscow Mitch. We need to remind voters at every turn just how nuts this guy is.

  • He’s said you need a government-issued ID to buy a box of cereal.
  • He believes stealth fighters are literally invisible.
  • He’s claimed global warming is a Chinese hoax.

This is nota man who should have the nuclear codes. And we can take them away.

So, let’s get with it. Every time he makes some outrageous claim, #DopeyDon should pop up everywhere. Use it in conversation. Online. Anywhere you communicate.

Because if Crazy Bernie or Sleepy Joe faces “Mr. President” in the fall, guess what could happen to democracy in the U.S.

Let’s Hope We Can Last ‘Til November

Politics have always caused friction. But 2020 is shaping up as the knock-down, drag-out battle of our lives. Take the “racist” video of Joe Biden just released by the Right.

In it, we hear Biden run down African and Asian culture. Except we don’t. We hear a couple dozen words, taken out of context. Thirteen minutes of context. In fact, we don’t even get the whole second sentence.

But the usual suspects jumped all over Biden, and the video clip spread across social media like wildfire. The truth is, Biden didn’t say anything bad about Asian of African culture. He was criticizing the culture handed down through English common law.

Expect to see lots more of these distortions in the coming months. Along with more efforts to suppress Democratic votes. Take the new voting law in Texas, for example.

They Can’t Win if They Can’t Vote

Hillary won the 2016 popular vote by nearly 3 million. The Right doesn’t want a repeat. Especially in states that may be in play this time around.

In Texas, a new law bans “temporary” polling places that aren’t open during 100% of early voting. That may sound innocent enough. After all, it’s giving all voters equal opportunities to vote, right?

Sort of. But here’s the thing: Many districts are strapped for cash. They can’t afford to open all polling places all the time. So, they have to close down these temporary polling places. Which tend to be at colleges, elderly housing, and other locations that – Surprise! Surprise! – lean Democratic.

The real result of these shut-downs won’t be equal voting opportunities for all… but the denial of voting rights to groups that tend to lean leftward.

It’s just another example of the Right’s program of voter suppression. After all, the Left can’t win if its voters can’t vote.

And while the Right is suppressing the vote on the Left, they’re revving up their base. Take their boss’s constant refrain as an example…

Meet “The Do-Nothing Democrats”

How many times have you heard President Trump call his opponents “the do-nothing Democrats”? Dozens… scores? To hear Trump and his allies tell it, the Dems have focused on nothing but impeachment since Trump “won” the election.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy quoted the Right-leaning WA Times on this topic. According to McCarthy and the Times, House Dems have issued more subpoenas than they have passed bills.

 

The Times claims only 46 House bills became law in 2019… while the Dems issued 56 subpoenas. Can you believe it?

No; you can’t. The House passed a whopping 298 bills during 2019’s legislative session. Most of those bills were blocked from coming before the Senate by Majority Leader “Moscow Mitch” McConnell. In other words, House Dems got a lot of work done. But the GOP scuttled all that hard work in the Senate.

No matter how hard the House works to serve voters, they’re only one-third of the equation. The Senate has to pass the same/similar bill… and then the president must sign the resolved bill to make it law.

The House did it’s third of the job. But Trump and his allies in the Senate kept these bills from becoming law. The Times article was extremely misleading… McCarthy knew it… but he pushed the lie for political gain.

And speaking of “do-nothing…”

Where’s That Wall… the Obamacare Repeal… Etc.?

Here’s an interesting fact for you: From 2016 to 2018, Republicans controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House. So where were all the accomplishments Trump promised in his first 100 days?

With the entire Congress behind him, Trump didn’t manage to build a single inch of new Wall in those two years. To date, his administration has only managed to replace some aging sections of existing wall. And the concrete he promised us was abandoned long ago.

He didn’t replace “Obamacare,” either. In fact, the GOP still doesn’t have a coherent healthcare policy. And it’s been almost a decade since the Affordable Care Act was first passed. In 10 years, Trump’s party has only managed to chip away at the edges of the act.

And how about that massive tax cut for the Middle Class. Oh, you haven’t seen it? That’s because it was never included in Trump’s tax package.

According to the Congressional Research Service, neither growth nor wages have benefitted from Trump’s tax plan. But the rich have.

The plan – which Trump supporters said would pay for itself – has fallen 95% short. Yup. Trump’s tax cuts have only generated a 5% payback. Which means the national debt will skyrocket. But don’t worry. Thanks to the new tax laws, big corporations and the rich won’t have to cover the shortfall. That will be left to the working stiffs.

 

Things haven’t gone according to plan. So…

Where Is Trump as All These Plans Fall Apart?

Our Commander in Chief spent one of every five days in 2019 at his golf properties.

That’s right. The man who wouldn’t have time to play golf essentially fiddled while Rome burned. We face a nuclear crisis with North Korea… out of control climate changes… healthcare costs most Americans can’t afford… college debt that threatens to sink a generation… and so many more challenges.

But Trump golfs every fifth day. Even worse, he golfs at his own properties… ensuring your tax dollars fill his coffers. While the national debt spirals ever upward.

Now he wants a second term. Really?

We tried the maverick thing. And it turned out exactly as Progressives predicted: We’re in the worst financial mess our nation has faced since the Great Depression. Sure, the stock market is doing great. But most Americans aren’t invested in the stock market. And their wages have stagnated.

Our foreign service is a shambles. We’re seeing health and ecological protections disappear. Heck – to please his trophy-hunting sons – Trump has even eased restrictions on importing animal parts from hunting endangered species!

And the assault shows no signs of slowing.

Which is why we must hold out. Why we have to help everyone we can register to vote. And help them get to the polls. Or submit a valid absentee ballot.

I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again: We’re facing our Democracy’s last gasp. We can save this noble experiment at the ballot box. But only if we marshal all our forces against those who would make our nation an oligarchy.

We just need to hold out until November.

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