Theofascist U.S. Supreme Court has us sane Americans down — but not out

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The American people did not elect this guy as the president of the United States of America. Per Wikipedia, seven of the nine U.S. Supreme Court “justices” identify as Catholic, and only one of those seven, Sonia Sotomayor, is moral and sane.

It’s clear that the 6-3 wingnut majority on the U.S. Supreme Court — again, an illegitimate Supreme Court — are going scorched fucking earth on the American public. When might they ever have this opportunity to shove their backasswards theofascist ideology down the throats of the majority of Americans again? You have to strike while the iron is hot, no?

The theofascists’ strategy very apparently is to keep those of us Americans who are sane so busy re-fighting the battles that we’d already won decades ago — such as that women get to control their own bodies and that our publicly funded schools cannot be extensions of any church or other religious organization –– that we can’t fight for actual progress.

However, we do have what’s called checks and balances in the United States of America, and we, the people, can and must rein in the out-of-control, anti-democratic Supreme Court (again, the majority of whom were appointed by “presidents” who were not actually even elected by the majority of the American people).

First, a mention of the court’s latest backasswards opinion that surely is blessed by the Vatican, which the court issued from the bowels of hell yesterday. The Washington Post reports:

The Supreme Court ruled [yesterday] that a school board in Washington state discriminated against a former football coach when it disciplined him for postgame prayers at midfield, the high court’s latest decision favoring the protection of religious faith over concerns about government endorsement of religion.

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for fellow conservatives in the 6-to-3 decision, saying Bremerton High School assistant coach Joseph Kennedy’s [gee, do you think he’s Catholic?] prayers are protected by the Constitution’s guarantees of free speech and religious exercise. He said the school board’s discipline of Kennedy was unwarranted, even under the concern of violating the separation of church and state.

“Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse Republic — whether those expressions take place in a sanctuary or on a field, and whether they manifest through the spoken word or a bowed head,” Gorsuch wrote. “Here, a government entity sought to punish an individual for engaging in a brief, quiet, personal religious observance doubly protected” by the Constitution.

Gorsuch was joined by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Amy Coney Barrett. Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh joined most of the opinion.

The court’s three liberals dissented, as they had in last week’s ruling that Maine cannot bar religious schools from receiving public tuition grants extended to other private schools.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the majority “elevates one individual’s interest in personal religious exercise, in the exact time and place of that individual’s choosing, over society’s interest in protecting the separation between church and state, eroding the protections for religious liberty for all.”

Joined by Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Elena Kagan, Sotomayor added: “Today’s decision is particularly misguided because it elevates the religious rights of a school official, who voluntarily accepted public employment and the limits that public employment entails, over those of his students, who are required to attend school and who this Court has long recognized are particularly vulnerable and deserving of protection.” …

Keep in mind that assistant coach Kennedy was not simply praying by himself, silently or otherwise, which I’d accept was his First Amendment right to do, but that he was leading football players in prayer. And as Dave Zirin, writing for The Nation, points out:

… There is a greater issue that the majority [of the Supreme Court], in their zeal, chose to ignore: the freedom of the students to not pray. I’m sure they would say that this freedom remains, and no one has to pray if they choose not to. But such a perspective is risible. Anyone who has ever played high school sports knows that if your coach is doing something, particularly something religious, and expects you to join, then you had better do it. To stand out and say, “I am Jewish” or “I am Muslim” or “I am an atheist” — or even simply “I don’t want to do that” — is to be labeled a distraction, a locker-room cancer, or worse.

The coach — particularly if they are a malignant narcissist (and make no mistake, we are living in the salad days for malignant narcissists) — will often make you pay a price with the greatest power they have over you: playing time. But it’s not just about limiting your time on the field. It’s also about making you an outcast among your teammates, a prospect in your teen years about as painful and harmful as not being able to play a sport you love. It’s easier to just take a knee for a minute rather than reap the whirlwind of anger from your coach. That is why this is not about freedom but coercion. [Emphasis mine.] …

Indeed, the theofascists’ claim/lie that they’re only actually trying to protect religious freedom — instead of trying to impose their “Christian” beliefs on everyone — crumbles when you consider that these very same people demanding that our taxpayer-funded public schools become arms of their “Christian” churches would scream bloody fucking murder if their sons and daughters felt coerced to join in, say, Jewish or Muslim observances at a public fucking school.

No student should feel coerced into any religious beliefs at a public school, and no taxpayer should have to subsidize rank proselytizing at our public schools, even in public schools that are located in overwhelmingly “Christian” areas.

If you want your child to get a “Christian” education, then send your child to a private “Christian” school — and stop trying to GROOM other people’s children into becoming sick, brainwashed Christofascists like yourself!

Again, we have a system of checks and balances, and it’s past time to check the theofascist-majority U.S. Supreme Court. We have different ways to do this, and we should consider all of them:

  • Expanding the court to put actually sane, actually law-abiding justices on it, as I’ve already discussed.
  • Actually impeaching U.S. Supreme Court justices, especially Clarence Thomas, whose wife’s illegal meddling in the 2020 presidential election has seriously tainted the court; Thomas’ removal from the court is more than warranted. And the “justices” are not fucking monarchs or little popes, but ultimately serve at the will of the American people, even if getting rid of them isn’t easy (it should be easier to get rid of them than it is).
  • Passing federal laws to reverse the damage that the Supreme Court has done and still plans to do, including by codifying abortion rights and codifying that public schools may not use taxpayer dollars to proselytize, but must remain religiously neutral/secular. This probably would necessitate the elimination of the filibuster, which can be done on a simple majority vote in the U.S. Senate.

The theofascists on the Supreme Court want all of us to just give up in defeat and despair.

That is the last thing that we, the sane, should do if we don’t want to see our nation devolve into a fascist theocracy.

It will take hard work to reverse the Supreme Court’s damage without a civil war, but we, the people, can do it. (Again, though, I never take violent revolution off of the table in a time of tyranny, as we’ve been seeing for a while now, with the tyranny by the minority over the majority.)

Our best hope, short of a civil war, is at the ballot box; we must do everything to prevent the election of (theo)fascists to public office and we must do everything that we can to expand the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, and demand that the Democratic senators, if they want our (continued) support, support eliminating the filibuster in order to save our nation. And if they don’t, we must remove them from power. (We can begin by handing DINO U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema her princess ass to her in 2024. Thus far, I support U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego primarying her sick and sorry ass in 2024.)

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How the minority seized the U.S. Supreme Court (and maybe finally sparked the next U.S. civil war)

Five of the current nine U.S. Supreme Court “justices” were chosen by two “presidents” who had lost the popular vote. If it feels to you like the current Supreme Court doesn’t represent the majority of the American people, that’s because it doesn’t: five of the “justices” were picked by “presidents” whom the American people did not actually elect and who thus were illegitimate “presidents” — and President Barack Obama treasonously and anti-democratically was denied a pick altogether.

How did we get to this point today, the day that the U.S. Supreme Court, now solidly dominated — 6-3 — by right-wing nut jobs (actually, they’re fucking fascists; “nut jobs” sounds too innocuous), ruled (5-4) that each state may decide whether or not a woman may obtain an abortion after it was decided in 1973 by Roe vs. Wade that no state may entirely prohibit abortion?

How did the anti-choice minority view — about two-thirds of all Americans support Roe vs. Wade — prevail in this fight for a woman’s basic right to choose what goes on inside of her own fucking uterus?

Let’s go back to the “election” of George W. Bush as president in 2000.

The official popular vote count for the presidential election of 2000 was 50,456,002 votes for Repugnican Bush and 50,999,897 for Democrat Al Gore.

Gore won the popular vote by 543,895 votes, yet, because of the Electoral Collegeand because of the infamous intervention of the U.S Supreme Court in the determination of a presidential election outcome — Bush, the minority’s chosen candidate, nonetheless became “president.” The pick of the majority of the American voters simply did not matter.

On September 29, 2005, “President” Bush’s first pick to the U.S. Supreme Court, John Roberts, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

You might argue that yes, Bush “won” “re”-election in 2004 — the official popular vote count for that presidential election was 62,040,610 to 59,028,444 in Bush’s favor, a difference of 3,012,166 votes this time.

However, I’d argue that obviously had Bush not been installed as president when he’d lost the popular vote of 2000, of course he never could have been “re”-elected in 2004. Because Bush’s first presidential term was illegitimate — because he had lost the popular vote — I never accepted his second term as legitimate either, because his second term depended on the fruit of the poisonous tree from 2000.

Bush went on to get another right-wing U.S. Supreme Court “justice” confirmed — Samuel Alito, who authored today’s official decision to kill Roe vs. Wade — on January 3, 2006.

Fast forward to the next presidential election in which the loser of the popular vote still became “president”: In 2016, the official popular vote count was 65,853,514 for Democrat Billary Clinton to only 62,984,828 for Repugnican Pussygrabber; Pussygrabber lost even more bigly than did George W. Bush in 2000: he lost by 2,868,686 popular votes.

Yet the illegitimate “President” Pussygrabber would go on to nominate three U.S. Supreme Court justices in just his one (and what must be his only) term.

Former President Barack Obama, who won the popular vote in 2008 and in 2012, put only two justices (Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan) on the Supreme Court during his two terms — and infamously and treasonously was denied a third pick to the nation’s highest court when then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell treasonously and anti-democratically refused to allow the Senate to recognize any nomination to the Supreme Court by Obama in the wake of the overdue death of fascist “Justice” Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016 — even though Obama had had almost a full year of his presidency left.

So “President” Pussygrabber’s first pick for the U.S. Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed on April 7, 2017clearly had been stolen from Obama.

The unelected-by-the-majority-of-the-American-people Pussygrabber would go on to make two more right-wing-nut-job/fascist picks to the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh, who was confirmed on October 6, 2018, and Amy Coney Barrett, who was confirmed on October 26, 2020, even though the Repugnicans had told us that Obama couldn’t have a nomination to the Supreme Court so “close” to a presidential election (Barrett was confirmed only about a week [eight days] before the 2020 presidential election, while, again, Obama was denied a pick to the court with almost a full year of his second term remaining).

So under the Repugnicans’ own fucking argumentation in regards to the “required” timing for Scalia’s replacement on the court, Amy Coney Barrett clearly is illegitimate, and, of course, before her, Gorsuch illegitimately was put on the nation’s high court, because that pick clearly had belonged to then-President Obama.

But, even all of this aside, if we believe that only the majority of the American voters should pick the U.S. president, who then should be able to make nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court, then George W. Bush’s picks for the Supreme Court — Roberts and Alito — are illegitimate, since Bush never legitimately became president in the first fucking place. And ditto, of course, for the illegitimate Pussygrabber’s picks to the court, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett.

That’s five current U.S. Supreme Court “justices” who were nominated by “presidents” who had lost the popular vote. That’s five illegitimate Supreme Court “justices” — four of whom voted to kill Roe vs. Wade.

(Roberts did not vote to kill Roe, but of course Clarence Thomas did, because he is Clarence Thomas, who I always believed committed sexual harassment and thus never belonged on the U.S. Supreme Court in the first fucking place; I always have believed Anita Hill. [And, of course, Thomas’ baby-boomer cow of a wife’s meddling in the 2020 presidential election, which should land her behind bars along with the dozens of other traitors who illegally and treasonously tried to overthrow the 2020 presidential election results, alone makes Thomas an illegitimate Supreme Court “justice” — and a prime candidate for impeachment and removal. Thomas bemoans that the American people don’t trust “our” institutions anymore, but look what the hypocritical piece of dog shit Thomas has done: he probably committed pre-disqualifying sexual harassment, he apparently has allowed his wife to try to change the outcome of a presidential election, and he helped to kill Roe vs. Wade — and now he wants to deprive Americans of even the right to use contraception and to have sex with or marry a member of their same sex, although, of course, he’ll keep the right to have a mixed-race marriage intact, not because it’s the right thing to do, but because, being the typical baby-boomer asshole [redundant] that he is, he wants to retain his own rights while cavalierly destroying others’ rights.])

So that’s how we got to where we are today in the United States of America: the tyranny of the minority over the majority. Even though the clear majority of Americans support Roe vs. Wade, which had been settled law for almost five decades, the minority once again has acted against the majority.

Again, the American people had spoken: In 2000 and in 2016, the majorities of them — of us — voted for the Democratic candidate for president. Instead, because of the anti-democratic, obsolete Electoral College, the minority prevailed, and imposed on the American people were two Repugnican “presidents” for whom the majority of us did not vote, and these two fascist “presidents” put five fascists on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This, along with the blatant, bad-faith theft of President Obama’s third pick to the Supreme Court, is how the minority took over the Supreme Court — by 6-3, no less.

While I’d never rule out violent revolution by the majority against the tyrannical minority — if the minority dares to treasonously and anti-democratically tyrannize the majority, the tyrannical minority deserves whatever the fuck it gets — there are some ways that we, the majority of the American people, can take our nation back from the minority, even within our corrupt system of so-called “democracy,” including:

  • We need to abolish the Electoral College. The popular vote alone should decide who gets to sit in the Oval Office inside of the White House. It’s supposed to be one person, one vote, but the Electoral College gives the minority in the red states significantly more say in the presidency than their actual population does. This blatantly anti-democratic bullshit must stop.
  • We need to get enough U.S. senators to abolish the filibuster so that the U.S. Senate can enlarge — yes, pack, if you will — the U.S. Supreme Court. The number of justices on the Supreme Court is set by the U.S. Congress, not by the U.S. Constitution, so if the Democrats were in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and were in control of the U.S. Senate (and eliminated the filibuster, if necessary, which they could do on a simple majority vote, as the filibuster of course also isn’t in the U.S. Constitution, but is an obsolete, anti-democratic Senate rule, much like the Electoral College is obsolete and anti-democratic), they could add as many Supreme Court seats as they pleased (again, the Constitution fully allows this). After how the Repugnicans brazenly stole seats on the nation’s highest court, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. A situation in which only one side of the divide plays by any rules or norms at all is not tenable.
  • We need to radically reform the U.S. Senate, and this would be significantly more difficult than abolishing the Electoral College or finally killing the filibuster or expanding/packing the U.S. Supreme Court. The fact that no matter how tiny its population is each state gets two U.S. senators — while no matter how huge its population is, each states gets only two U.S. senators — clearly is anti-democratic. An analysis by Vox’s Ian Millhiser in November 2020 found that in the current 50-50 U.S. Senate, “the Democratic half [represents] 41,549,808 more people than the Republican half.” This anti-democratic situation no longer is tenable, and off of the top of my head, I’d start with this suggestion: Change the U.S. Constitution so that each state does not get two (and only two) U.S. senators, but, instead, each state gets from one to three U.S. senators, based upon its population, much how the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that each state gets is determined by its population. We could keep it at 100 U.S. senators, but reapportion the number of senators based upon the states’ population (again, with one, two or three senators, based on the state’s population).* If it were necessary, I’d be OK with adding seats to the U.S. Senate (100 senators is an arbitrary number), but in any case, each state getting two senators each regardless of its population must end. Of course, the red states wouldn’t vote to change the U.S. Constitution to give them less representation in the U.S. Senate, even if their current level of representation is unfair (and it is blatantly unfair). It might be that only a civil war — a great fucking reset — could reform the U.S. Senate so that the minority doesn’t get to continue to tyrannize the majority in a so-called “democracy.”

Yes, that’s pretty much where I am: I’m OK with a second U.S. civil war at this point. The treasonous right wing has brought it on by insisting on running roughshod over the majority of us Americans who disagree with their politics and their (theo)fascist “vision” for the United States of America. We Americans don’t even get to vote for U.S. president, for fuck’s sake, not when the Electoral College simply hands the presidency to the fucking loser of the popular vote.

Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the name of today’s dazzlingly overreaching U.S. Supreme Court decision, in which the minority yet once again has tyrannized the majority — very well might prove to have been the most proximate salvo fired in the Second American Civil War.

P.S. More to the point of the majority-illegitimate U.S. Supreme Court ruling that each state may decide whether or not a woman may control her own uterus, while I’m not a woman and so of course won’t ever need an abortion, and while I live in a state that has codified abortion rights into state law, the rolling back of anyone’s rights — perhaps especially by unelected theocrats wishing to impose their backasswards religious beliefs on the rest of us — is disturbing, and, of course, if it’s open season on others’ rights, your rights might be on the chopping block next. (And, of course, the Dobbs ruling might be just the intended first step in the theofascist-controlled U.S. Supreme Court ruling that no state may allow any abortion at all.)

I’m hoping that Dobbs inspires us, the majority, to finally take our nation back from the tyrannical minority — bloodlessly, if possible, but bloodfully, if necessary.

*Even if my plan to change the system so that each state gets one to three U.S. senators based on its population were enacted, the smallest states still would be overrepresented in the U.S. Senate based on their population, but this still would be a move in the right — that is, the actually democratic — direction.

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The devastation continues (or: Lock him up!)

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Rudy Giuliani, the leader of Team Abnormal, now cannot practice law because of the blatant “stolen-election” lies that he peddled on behalf of fascist former “President” Pussygrabber. I wonder if Rudy the drunk now thinks if it all has been worth it (and if he’s ever sober enough to be even able to think at all).

Last night I watched (via YouTube) the second televised hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol in the seditious attempt, led by former “President” Pussygrabber, to ignore the will of the clear majority of the American voters and to keep Der Fuhrer Pussygrabber in power anyway.

(I wasn’t up for watching it when it originally aired in the morning yesterday; you can watch all of the hearings — live, as they happen, or later, at your convenience — via the committee’s YouTube channel here. If you missed the first hearing, I recommend that you watch it, too.)

The January 6 committee’s second hearing perhaps is even more devastating than was the first one last Thursday.

The second hearing confirms what I’d always figured happened behind the scenes: Those serving Pussygrabber who wanted a career after him and/or didn’t want to go to prison and/or just didn’t want to go down in history as having aided and abetted the fascist asshole who was the first “president” in U.S. history to refuse to concede after clearly having lost a presidential election all either quit or were fired over Pussygrabber’s manic insistence that they support his wholly unsubstantiated — or, as former U.S. Attorney General Bill Bar repeatedly called them in his testimony, “bullshit” — claims that he actually won the election, which was “stolen” from him.

It perhaps was most revealing that Pussygrabber’s own campaign manager, Bill Stepien, copiously testified that not only had he (along with others) told Pussygrabber not to declare victory when there were so many ballots still to be counted (most of them vote-by-mail ballots), but that an increasingly desperate and flailing Pussygrabber, whose deficient vote totals weren’t showing him beating Joe Biden as they came in, not only held fast to his premature, bullshit claim that he’d won the election, but held on to any and every bullshit claim of “election fraud” brought to his attention by virtually any crackpot or sycophant.

One by one, Pussygrabber’s team of those with any sense of self-respect and professionalism — Stepien calls them “Team Normal” — either resigned or were fired, as Pussygrabber replaced them with what I’ll call Team Abnormal: the drunk Rudy Guiliani, who, because of his drunken attempts to help Pussygrabber steal the election now cannot practice law; the bizarre, very apparently cray-cray, Cruella de Vil-like “lawyer” Sidney Powell (who wants to steal your votes for Joe Biden instead of your puppies), who has been sanctioned and fined for her frivolous (a.k.a. bullshit) legal filings on Pussygrabber’s behalf; and Lawyer Barbie, a.k.a. Jenna Ellis, whose level of integrity matches her level of intelligence.

The second hearing demonstrates that, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Pussygrabber was told repeatedly by those around him that he had lost the 2020 presidential election and that he should allow a peaceful transition of power.

This most decidedly is not what he wanted to hear, however, so he simply found pieces of shit who were perfectly willing to tell him what he wanted to hear (that is, he found and created Team Abnormal).

Were it not for the January 6 committee and its power to subpoena the actors surrounding the eventual events of January 6, 2021, what we know now happened then behind the scenes might have been lost to U.S. history.

Now, it’s a permanent part of U.S. history.

It is a stain that cannot be whitewashed, however much the treasonous Repugnicans (for the most part, that’s redundant) try to delude themselves that it can be.

As committee vice chair Liz Cheney herself noted in yesterday’s hearing, while many of the small actors who took Pussygrabber’s call to seditious action seriously on January 6, 2021, are being prosecuted for their actions, their ringleader remains free.

This must change.

The U.S. Department of Justice cannot simply overlook the first “president” in U.S. history orchestrating the first attack on the U.S. Capitol since the War of 1812 in order to treasonously, seditiously try to keep himself in power against the clearly expressed will of the American people that he not remain in power, but that he be relegated to the dustbin of history, where he belongs.

If Pussygrabber is not criminally tried for his crimes, our democracy will be in grave peril.

And to not criminally try Pussygrabber out of any concerns that his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging flying monkeys might act up again will only put control of the United States of America in the hands of the said fascist flying monkeys.

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Devastating (or: Lock him up!)

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Lock him up!: While former “President” Pussygrabber clearly instigated the seditious attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in a fucktarded, backasswards attempt to keep himself in power against the will of the majority of the American voters (as pictured above), he remains free while those who carried out his orders are being prosecuted for their crimes. Until Pussygrabber himself is prosecuted for his high crimes and treason, we cannot say that in the United States of America we have justice for all.

Wow. I just watched (via C-SPAN) the first televised hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives committee to investigate the events of January 6, 2021. In a word: devastating.*

What happened on that fateful day is crystal fucking clear: It was a coordinated effort — at then-“President” Donald Trump’s behest — among the domestic terrorist groups the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, along with hundreds to thousands of other mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging fascists, to try to prevent the transition of power in the White House against the wishes of the clear majority of the American voters who in November 2020 had voted to oust then-“President” Donald Trump and to install Joe Biden as the new U.S. president.

From what I can tell, many if not even most of those domestic terrorists who participated in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol — and every single one of them who participated in the attack in any capacity (even just being there inside of the Capitol, as being there was illegal) perpetrated domestic terrorism — truly believed that they were doing the right thing because the presidential election truly had been, they incorrectly believed, stolen.

Nonetheless, no matter what their beliefs were, no matter how sincere they were or were not in those incorrect beliefs, they violated our laws and our Constitution, and for that, every single last one of them should be held accountable for their criminal, treasonous acts to the full extent of the law.

The biggest question of all, however, is how Donald Trump remains a free man.

Donald Trump, whose words and actions led to deaths and injuries on January 6, 2021, in his attempt to illegally, treasonously, anti-democratically and anti-constitutionally hold on to power, should be behind bars right now, as I type this sentence, awaiting criminal trial for his treasonous, felonious actions against the people of the United States of America.

Traitor Donald Trump can be allowed to be “president” again only over the dead bodies of us true patriots who believe in democracy and in the U.S. Constitution, including the peaceful transfer of power when your preferred presidential candidate fucking loses the presidential election.

Any Repugnican or other individual who actually tries to minimize — or even, despite the copious video and other documentation of the events of January 6, 2021, to deny — what took place on that day is a fucking traitor.

The Repugnican Party does not deserve a continued existence if it now supports the idea — and it very apparently does — that if the Repugnican candidate loses the presidential election, you simply try to install the Repugnican candidate nonetheless, via force, violence and terrorism.

Kudos to U.S. Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for defying the dumbfuck Kevin McCarthy and the many other fascists and traitors who comprise the majority of the Repugnican Party and who put Pussygrabberianism/fascism far above our democracy and our republic.

If the Repugnican Party is to have any future at all, it will be only through the likes of Cheney and Kinzinger, with whom I have many political differences, but who at least don’t operate on politically convenient, treasonous “alternative facts.”

The United States of America cannot stand on “alternative facts.” The U.S. can survive divergent opinions, as it has for generations now, but once basic fucking fact is no longer recognized by a critical mass, we will have civil war and/or perhaps the final destruction of our nation.

*Mentally ill and/or abjectly stupid, ignorant people are totally untouched by the facts and the evidence and they will continue to believe their cray-cray to their graves. This I already know fully. We can and should write them off already.

But the rest of the nation needs to watch these hearings, and we must not forget the events of January 6, 2021.

Our survival as a democratic nation depends on it.

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A republic, if we can keep it

Are we going to go back to this?

I recently watched the two-part PBS Ken Burns series on Benjamin Franklin, and ate all four hours of it up; Burns has a way of making material that our history teachers probably made pretty dry (I remember having to memorize dates and names for no apparent reason other than test-taking) into actually-interesting dives into historical details.

One of the Franklin quotes that the documentary relays is Franklin’s response to a member of the public, asking him after the U.S. Constitution had just been established in 1787, as to whether the nascent United States was now, under that Constitution, a republic or a monarchy; Franklin wryly replied that it was “A republic, if you can keep it.” (The Washington Post says that while these words don’t appear in Franklin’s known writings or in any known contemporaneous written account, he “probably” said them.)

Indeed, can we keep our republic?

Former “President” Pussygrabber — who lost the popular vote twice, in 2016 and in 2020, yet became “president” against the expressed will of the majority of the American people in 2016 anyway — still says that he actually won the 2020 presidential election, and he recently advised Repugnican candidate Mehmet Oz (his endorsee) to go ahead and declare himself the victor of this past week’s Repugnican primary election for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania even though thousands of ballots still remained to be counted. (NPR reports that a state-mandated automatic recount in the very tight race is probable, and that we might not know the winner until that state’s statutory deadline of June 8.)

This is blatant fascism, not democracy.

You don’t count every ballot; no, you see, whoever the twice-popular-vote-losing, twice-impeached, treasonous former “President” Pussygrabber says “won” the election “won” the election.

This fascist, anti-democratic sentiment is catching on.

Not only do Pussygrabber and his legions of brainwashed cult members — and it is a cult (the central blatantly false tenet of which is that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Pussygrabber, although this beyond-bullshit claim has yet to be proven with any actual evidence in any court of law, as our democratic system requires if you are going to actually steadfastly claim that an election was stolen) — have deep disregard for election results that they don’t like, but a Repugnican candidate for governor of Colorado says, in all seriousness, that Colorado should eliminate the popular vote for its elections and institute something like the Electoral College for the state, in which the votes of the rural areas of the state (like the red states) are given more weight than the votes of the urban and suburban areas of the state (like the blue states).

The Repugnican candidate (a Greg Lopez) is highly unlikely to become governor of blue-state Colorado — he’s pretty unlikely to even become the official Repugnican candidate for governor in November as a result of the state’s June 28 primary election, according to — but it’s the thought that counts.

That a candidate for governor seriously would suggest that Repugnican voters’ votes count more than Democratic voters’ votes is chilling.

It’s beyond bad enough that Repugnican voters’ votes count more than Democratic voters’ votes on the federal level — this is why the Repugnicans are stronger in the U.S. Senate that they should be (because every Podunk red state gets two U.S. senators no matter how small its population) and why we have a 6-3 wingnut-controlled, human-rights-destroying U.S. Supreme Court, and it’s why we had to endure “President” Pussygrabber in the first fucking place (because of the Electoral College, which put him into the White House even though the popular vote did not) — but now, we’re to further degrade our democracy on the state level.

Under The Greg Lopez Plan, your state’s governor (to name just one elected office in your state) would not be elected by the popular vote (I mean, how quaint!), but would be elected in an Electoral College-like system in which the Repugnican-voting regions’ votes would count more than the Democratic-voting regions’ votes — guaranteeing control over the majority by the minority in perpetuity.

This shit is the stuff of which civil wars are made: the minority telling the majority that the majority’s votes don’t count as much.

When you read or hear that democracy itself is on the ballot this year, know that it is.

We’re either going to stand up against one-man rule — in this case, the mad monarch being King Pussygrabber (backed by his mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging cult members) — or we’re going to lose our republic.

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The Fetterman Mystique

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John Fetterman, pictured above at a campaign event in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, last month, is, um, not your usual candidate for the U.S. Senate. And that’s a good great thing.

John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate for Pennsylvania, won every county in the state in the primary election yesterday.

I’m glad to know that, since I’ve given more than $200 in small donations to him over time.

I don’t even live in Pennsylvania, so why did I do a little bit to help the Fetterman campaign?

Call it The Fetterman Mystique.

Or, as The Atlantic has put it, “John Fetterman Wins on Vibes.” (The tagline is: “The 6-foot-8 goateed Senate candidate prevailed in the Democratic primary less on the strength of detailed policy proposals than on vibes.”)

While “vibes” certainly are part of the equation of Fetterman’s victory yesterday — the voters were fairly starving for a down-to-earth, genuine candidate for political office, I surmise — I think it would be unfair to say that it was all “vibes.”

No, Fetterman is not a policy wonk, from what I can tell, but I am clear on his key political positions, which include (in no certain order):

  • He opposes the anti-democratic filibuster, which keeps us enslaved in rule by the right-wing minority, and as a U.S. senator he would vote to abolish it.
  • He correctly has called health care a “fundamental human need and right.”
  • On that note, he supports a wealth tax. (This is probably the most immediate, most achievable way to seriously tackle our huge problem of insane income inequality, which to me is our No. 1 problem after climate change.)
  • He supports a $15 minimum wage (at the minimum…).
  • He is pro-choice.
  • He is deeply supportive of those of us who are not heterosexual and/or not gender-conforming.
  • He supports the federal legalization of marijuana.
  • He opposes the death penalty and supports reforming the criminal justice system.
  • Environmental protection is a tough issue in a coal state like Pennsylvania, but he supports a transition toward green and renewable energy.

So there is the head stuff — which also would include the fact that the Democrats need to win every U.S. Senate seat that they possibly can in November in order not only to keep the Senate, but also to expand their majority past DINO “senators” Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin in order to be able to kill the fucking filibuster for fucking once and for fucking all — but yes, there is the heart stuff — the “vibes” — too.

The aforementioned Atlantic article begins:

Even if you don’t know a single policy he supports, chances are good that you know what John Fetterman looks like. Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is larger than life at 6 foot 8, distinctively bald with a salt-and-pepper goatee, and draped in a baggy shirt or hoodie. Oh, and he’s a shorts guy too.

Fetterman easily won [yesterday’s] Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, and will run in November in a race that could decide control of the chamber. (He experienced a stroke on Friday but says he is expected to make a full recovery.) Some people consider it distasteful to focus on a candidate’s aesthetics over their message, but in Fetterman’s case, aesthetics is part of the message, and the message has resonated with Keystone State voters. …

Sure, Fetterman’s appearance is part of the package, whether he would like it to be or not. Not many of us are 6 feet and 8 inches tall and bald, and Fetterman has what some might call quirks that I like, such as his distain for wearing suits (I also fucking hate wearing suits, as I hate the artificiality of it — I always have found the idea that if you simply don a nice suit, you’re suddenly automatically honest, competent, credible, honorable, etc. to be demonstrably bullshit*).

Further, Fetterman is in my age group — he’s 52 (and will be 53 in August) and I’m 54 — and we Gen Xers largely have been shut out of the halls of power, so Fetterman gives me the sense that someone in my generational cohort can have an influence in the halls of power in D.C. for fucking once. (Yeah, um, the 57-year-old Kamala Harris, an awful, do-nothing politician whose approval rating is only around 40 percent, doesn’t count...)

Will The Fetterman Mystique carry John Fetterman all the way to the U.S. Senate in January 2023? We’ll see.

Fetterman overcame the first considerable obstacle, that of the Democratic Party establishment — the corporate whores who call themselves “Democrats” while selling us, the people, out to the highest bidders — to win the primary, and with his populist “vibe” he won every county in his state yesterday, which seems like a pretty good omen for November to me.

P.S. Also in yesterday’s primary elections, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost his primary race. He’s a crazy fucking fascist, but at least he’s pretty; I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t at least nice to look at. (Unfortunately, it’s looking like we’re probably going to be stuck with the dog-ass-ugly crazy fascist Marjorie Taylor Greene for another term.)

Cawthorn’s biggest sin, I believe, was claiming that other Repugnicans in D.C. invited him to cocaine-fueled orgies (I paraphrase…). That, apparently, was the only red (white?) line that could not be crossed.

At least Cawthorn, a Pussygrabberian, has not (yet…) claimed that the election that ousted him from power was “stolen.” Maybe that’s not going to prove to be such a great political tactic in the future.

Anyway, I dunno — it seems to me that if nothing else, Cawthorn has a new career in gay porn if he wants it…

*Here’s a guy in a suit and tie, for instance:

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The tyranny by the minority continues

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The U.S. system of governance is set up to keep stupid white men like U.S. Supreme Court “Justice” Samuel Alito — a minority of the U.S. population — in power over the majority of the U.S. populace in perpetuity, and this anti-democratic situation will continue only for as long as we, the majority of the American people, allow it to.

A nationwide Faux “News” poll of registered voters taken in January of this year found that 63 percent of the respondents believed that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade, which in 1973 by a vote of 7-2 affirmed a woman’s right to an abortion in all 50 states, should stand, while only 31 percent of them believed that it should be overturned.

In yet another striking sign that the United States of America is ruled by the far-right-wing minority, the U.S. Supreme Court very apparently is on the verge of officially overturning Roe vs. Wade.

Politico reports that at least five of the nine Supreme Court “justices” are poised to sign off on “Justice” Samuel Alito’s decision, which would strike Roe (and another, later abortion case, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey) and allow each state to determine whether or not a woman may have an abortion.*

Claims that the “lofty” U.S. Supreme Court isn’t political are fucking ludicrous, of course.

If abortion were such an inherently egregious wrong, then why not just declare it “murder” and prohibit it in all 50 states? How could an inherently egregious wrong be prohibited in some states but allowed in others?

And should your human rights, as an American citizen, be determined by your locality?

The U.S. Supreme Court can rule just about whatever the fuck it wants to — and for the past many years that’s pretty much what it has been doing — so it’s telling that the court is poised to make abortion a “states’ rights” issue (and one wonders what else the backasswards court will deem a “states’ rights” issue, but that’s another post).

The court is pussying out on abortion by going with the “states’ rights” “argument” because, as cray-cray and abjectly stupid as the majority of the “justices” are, even they know that were they to dare to even try to prohibit abortion in all 50 states, the backlash would be quick and severe. These assholes want to keep their jobs (and their lives…), of course.

Therefore, they’re trying to do as much damage to the nation as they can while pushing through their radical right-wing political agenda without jeopardizing their own high-and-mighty positions too much.

There will be plenty of backlash if indeed, as I fully expect it to do, the wingnut-dominated Supreme Court quashes Roe and makes abortion a “states’ rights” issue.

Politico reports that the final, official decision to kill Roe most likely will be issued within the next two months.

If there is any upside to this latest example of the brazen tyranny by the minority, it’s that while the calcified Democratic Party, under the “leadership” of Joe Biden, has failed to rally the base and the middle for the upcoming November elections, the overturning of Roe certainly should rouse these voters, the largely silent majority.

Yes, the overturning of Roe will make the not-even-one-third** of Americans who support its overturning wet, but it’s going to enrage the other two-thirds.

Beyond the upcoming midterm elections — it would be glorious if the activist, wingnutty U.S. Supreme Court lost both the U.S. Senate and even the U.S. House of Representatives for the Repugnicans this November — those of us who aren’t bat-shit crazy need to work to reform the U.S. Supreme Court.

In that, we need a multi-prong approach. Obviously, we need to win as many elections as we can, even though the deck is stacked against us in terms of the U.S. Senate and with the deeply anti-democratic Electoral College, under which the loser of the nationwide popular vote can become U.S. president anyway, as happened in both 2000 and in 2016. (Yes, the only popular vote that the Repugnicans have won since 1992 was in 2004. Again: Here in the United States we have tyranny by the minority.)

Beyond that, it’s beyond time to expand — to pack, if you must — the U.S. Supreme Court by expanding Democratic control of the U.S. Senate and abolishing the filibuster so that the court can be expanded by Congress, which has the full authority to do so. I’d say that the court could use, minimally, three more justices.

The hypocritical, anti-democratic, self-serving Repugnicans certainly don’t play by the rules; recall that while the Repugnicans denied President Barack Obama the opportunity to replace “Justice” Antonin Scalia even though Obama had had more than 11 months of his presidency left — stating that the vacant Supreme Court seat shouldn’t be filled until after the 2016 presidential electionformer “President” Pussygrabber’s nut-job Supreme Court pick of Amy Coney Barrett, in a huge Fuck you to the American people and to the American system of democratic government, was sworn in on October 27, 2020, right before the 2020 presidential election.

The best-case scenario is that we gain enough seats in the Senate to kill the filibuster and then pack that fucking court.

If we don’t push back — hard — against our anti-democratic overlords who represent only the right-wing minority and who operate only in bad faith, we won’t have a democracy left. (Arguably, we already don’t.)

P.S. Yes, a Democratically controlled Congress could and should at long last codify abortion rights into federal law, but in addition to that, it’s still past time to pack that court. The current court’s anti-democratic, backasswards bullshit must be checked.

P.P.S. The media have noted that it’s vanishingly rare for a pending U.S. Supreme Court decision to be leaked before its official release, but I saw in Wikipedia’s entry on Roe vs. Wade that there was a leak in that case, too.

If I were conspiratorial, I might posit that this leak of the impending Supreme Court decision destroying Roe was no leak, but was a trial balloon quite intentionally set aloft right before the midterm elections to gauge just how bad the political blowback might be.

*The leaked (or “leaked”) draft of Alito’s decision concludes (on Page 67): “The [U.S.] Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

**A nationwide Quinnipiac poll taken in November 2021 found that 63 percent supported Roe vs. Wade as the law of the land, while only 28 percent didn’t.

I don’t see that more than one-third of Americans oppose abortion rights, making opposition to abortion a decidedly minority view in a system in which the majority is supposed to rule.

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Joe Biden should step aside for 2024 — and Bernie Sanders should step in

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Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden are pictured at a Democratic Party presidential debate in October 2019. Harris would go on to drop out of the race even before the 2020 Iowa caucuses, and Biden would go on to lose Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada to Bernie, but still would go on to become the U.S. president that the voters of the first three voting states knew he would be: a shitty one, a Jimmy Carter 2.0.

I knew in 2020 that Joe Biden shouldn’t be the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee.

So did the voters: In the 2020 contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden lost the first three voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada right off the bat.

Biden obviously didn’t inspire the party’s base, and neither did Kamala Harris, who had dropped out of the race for the nomination even before Iowa caucused because her presidential campaign was a fucking train wreck, as has been her vice presidency (gee, who could have foreseen that?).

In 2020 Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire and Nevada, and in my book Bernie Sanders won Iowa, too. (Although Bernie won the popular vote in Iowa, the most delegates were awarded to Pretty Boy Pete Buttigieg, a party insider, because, you see, and you couldn’t possibly understand, because you’re just a stupid fucking voter, some votes count more than others. After serially botched caucuses, Iowa sorely needs to dump its caucuses for a straight presidential primary vote, as Nevada has done for the 2024 presidential cycle.)

There never was a fucking question that Biden would win South Carolina, the fourth state to vote in the 2020 cycle, but Biden’s win in the backasswards state ludicrously was touted as some Lazarus-level comeback.

No, it’s just that the corporate whores of the Democratic Party, such as the aforementioned Buttiboy and the Billary-Clinton-level annoying Amy Klobuchar, joined forces to torpedo Bernie (after South Carolina voted, both Buttiboy and Klobuchar, who, like Elizabeth Warren is, are dead to me, dropped out of the presidential race and immediately endorsed Biden; Buttiboy, who’d only been a small-city mayor, got a Cabinet seat out of the deal, obviously).

The people’s choice, Bernie Sanders, couldn’t be allowed to become the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, you see. What do the people know? No, we must leave it up to the likes of political weasels Buttiboy and James Clyburn, the fossilized U.S. representative of South Carolina who apparently believes that he’s helping his fellow black Americans by endorsing only corporate whores like Joe Biden who, in turn, do little to nothing to help black Americans, of course (it’s like fucking clockwork).

Speaking of corporate whoredom, the U.S. economy is in meltdown right now, and it’s crickets from the corporate-whore duo of Biden and Harris. They can’t make a serious chirp about improving the average American’s economic situation because they’re bought and paid for by their corporate pimps who don’t want them to lift a finger to improve the economic situation of the average American.

The midterms are shaping up to be a bloodbath for the Democratic Party, but Old Uncle Joe is asleep at the wheel and Kamala doesn’t even know how to drive.

And the polls bear this out: Biden’s approval rating remains mired around 42 percent (former “President” Pussygrabber’s approval rating right now is around 44 percent), and if you actually think that Kamala Harris is the Democrats’ best bet after Biden, know that right now her approval rating is around a whopping 32 percent.

Bernie has been right all of these years: It’s the economy, fucktards. This November, most voters will be thinking about their own financial situations, not about the war in Ukraine (which many if not most of them can’t even find on a world map) or the fact that the nation’s first black woman recently was seated on the U.S. Supreme Court, which still has a 6-3 wingnut majority (Ketanji Brown Jackson is slated to be seated on the nation’s highest court this summer).

Bernie Sanders’ kind of politics — you know, actually Democratic politics, such as meaningfully looking out for the working class and the poor for fucking once and doing something about the beyond-insane level of income inequality in the United States — are looking awfully sweet to a shitload of American voters right now.

But we’re stuck with Sleepy Uncle Joe and Clueless Kamala.

Or are we?

The Washington Post reported this yesterday:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is open to running for president in 2024 if President Biden declines to seek reelection, according to a campaign memo a top political adviser distributed to allies on Wednesday [yesterday] that was shared with The Washington Post.

“In the event of an open 2024 Democratic presidential primary, Sen. Sanders has not ruled out another run for president, so we advise that you answer any questions about 2024 with that in mind,” says the memo from Faiz Shakir, a close Sanders adviser who was his campaign manager when he ran in 2020.

The memo was shared by a person with direct knowledge of its contents on the condition of anonymity because it was not released publicly, and confirmed by a second person with direct knowledge of the contents.

Shakir did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“While it’s frustrating this private memo leaked to the media, the central fact remains true, which is that Senator Sanders is the most popular officeholder in the country,” said Sanders spokesman Mike Casca, when asked for comment. Casca and the memo based that assertion on a recent poll. …

Absolutely should Biden decide not to run for a second term, Bernie should run again in 2024. (I could argue, fairly easily, that Bernie should run in 2024 even if Biden decides to run for a second term, but I’ll hold my guns on that one for now...)

Should Biden decide not to run again (or should he die in office or otherwise become seriously incapacitated), Kamala Harris would be disastrous as a 2024 presidential candidate.

We could keep the “woke” racists and the “woke” sexists happy by making Harris the 2024 nominee only based upon on her “qualifications” of being black and being a woman (which are her only apparent “qualifications”), but while we’d pat ourselves on the back for being so fucking “woke” for having fronted Kamala Harris, she’d lose the presidential election in a fucking blowout, regardless of who her Repugnican opponent might be.

The majority of the majority of the American voters who don’t like Harris dislike her not because she is a woman or because she is black, but because she’s an utterly uninspiring and charisma-free politician. She won’t/can’t answer a question directly (she interviews horribly), and in her 2020 presidential campaign, she had one job: to make a coherent, cogent, convincing case as to why she and not anyone else should be president. She failed miserably, and she has yet to improve on that.

My hope is that it’s clear even to Biden that, given his stubbornly low approval ratings and his lackluster presidential performance thus far, for the good of the nation as well as for the good of his party, he should not run for a second term — and thus he does not do so.

And my hope is that in the event that Biden doesn’t run again, Bernie does, despite the wholly hollow and predictable attacks upon him by the “wokesters” for his not simply letting Kamala run unopposed — and lose big-time. (If the people truly want Kamala over Bernie, let them vote for Kamala over Bernie — which I don’t at all see happening, but at least that would be democratic, unlike having Harris shoved down our throats by our overlords, the corporate-whore Democratic elites, as Biden was.)

This political moment, in which their own economic conditions are in the forefront of the American voters’ minds, was made for Bernie Sanders, and if the stars align, his third time might be the charm.

P.S. Of course I wouldn’t rule out that the “leak” of the memo reported by The Washington Post was an intentional leak, which means not an actual leak at all, of course… A trial balloon, maybe? One hopes…

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With U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the union is made more perfect

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Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson’s husband, Patrick Jackson, a physician with whom she has two daughters, appears to offer her his support during her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court at which U.S. “senators” from former slave states shamelessly brutalized her in their typically retrograde fashion.

A belated congratulations to Kentanji Brown Jackson, who last week was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 53-47 to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

I stand by my earlier assertion that when we put diversity into thought and action, we need to include other historically underrepresented groups and not just black people; as I noted, we’ve yet to have an Asian, Native American or openly LGBT U.S. Supreme Court justice, and Latinos remain historically underrepresented on the nation’s highest court.

But this isn’t to diminish Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic and important ascension to the Supreme Court, but that said, Brown Jackson isn’t only the first black woman who will sit on the Supreme Court; she’s also the first public defender since Thurgood Marshall who will do so, and that fact, to me, is more significant than are her race and her biological sex.

Of course the Repugnicans love prosecutors, because the Repugnicans are mean-spirited and they freely project their own wrongdoings and evil onto others, especially the disempowered. But the U.S. Constitution provides not only for prosecutions, but also for the defense of the accused. If you can’t respect both sides of the coin, then you’re not at all an “originalist” where it comes to the Constitution.

That said, the wingnuts have wanted the Supreme Court to remain as it always has been — dominated by white men (preferably right-wing white men) — and don’t at all want the court to be representative of a changing American population, and certainly don’t want the high court to — gasp! — stick up for the little guy, but only want the court to continue to do the dirty work of the already rich and powerful.

And it’s beyond pathetic that Brown Jackson over a period of days had to endure the racist attacks by the likes of Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Lindsay Graham (South Carolina), Josh Hawley (Missouri) and Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), all U.S. “senators” not at all coincidentally representing former slave states.

These “senators” of course couldn’t come right out and state their real problem with Brown Jackson: that she is a black woman who won’t carry water for the right-wing white men of the Repugnican Party, which is the only kind of black woman who is acceptable to the white supremacists (hi, Condi Rice!). These “senators” couldn’t come right out and state that even if they themselves can stand the idea of a black woman on the Supreme Court (that’s unlikely to be the case for any of them, it seems to me), their mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging constituents back home sure can’t.

Instead of uttering these unpleasant truths, these defenders of the Confederacy (the aforementioned so-called U.S. senators) during her confirmation hearings smeared Brown Jackson as being anti-whitey and pro-pedophile, among other things. Because this is what they do.

The Repugnicans are, after all, a classy bunch. The New York Times reports that when Brown Jackson was confirmed in the U.S. Senate, with only three Repugnicans voting for her,

Not everyone shared in the joy of the day. As applause echoed from the marbled walls, Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky [yet another former slave state, of course] and the minority leader, turned his back and slowly walked out, as did most of the few Republicans remaining on the floor, leaving half of the chamber empty as the other half celebrated in a stark reflection of the partisan divide.

This is fine. Let the sore losers (who are still sore about their loss in the Civil War, too) throw their little tantrums.

These fascists and traitors can, and they have, slowed progress down — all throughout U.S. history — but that’s all that they can do: slow it down.

Progress moves on, not even just despite the fascists, but also because of them and their repulsiveness to anyone who has any intelligence and decency to speak of.

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SuperPalin swoops back in to save us

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Sarah Palin is pictured in New York City in February. (She was there to fight a libel case against The New York Times that she lost…) Palin has taken pity on her country and selflessly has decided to insert herself into its politics again in order to save it.

Clearly, what the United States of America really needs right now is the return of Sarah Palin.

Yup. You betcha.

After years in the political (and Alaskan) wilderness, Palin has decided to run for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, following the death of Repugnican Rep. Don Young, who had been in the House from 1973 until he died last month, making him the longest-“serving” Repugnican House member in U.S. history.

While Sarah Palin was instrumental in tanking the late Repugnican John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid as his running mate (in fairness, following the disastrous “presidency” of George W. Bush, it would have been a huge haul for McCainosaurus to win the White House even if he had picked an actually qualified, non-perpetually-embarrassing running mate), we do have to credit Palin, with her huge appeal to the nation’s mouth-breathing knuckle draggers, with ushering in first the God-awful “tea party” and then the likes of former “President” Pussygrabber, who only rode the “tea-party” wave.

Indeed, Palin is one of the founding soccer moms (founding MILFs?) of today’s Repugnican Party, which isn’t about actual conservatism anymore (that died no later than McCainosaurus did in 2018), but which is about abject batshittery (indeed, many of these lunatics still maintain that Pussygrabber still is our lawful president, and Biden Derangement Syndrome is about to make it into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders*).

“Public service is a calling, and I would be honored to represent the men and women of Alaska in Congress, just as Rep. Young did for 49 years. I realize that I have very big shoes to fill, and I plan to honor Rep. Young’s legacy by offering myself up in the name of service to the state he loved and fought for,” Palin declared in a statement.

What concrete policy proposals has Palin offered the nation thus far? Because clearly and surely the Repugnican Party isn’t just about attacking the Democrats, but is about putting forth sane, logical, workable solutions to our nation’s problems right?

Nope. Also in her aforementioned statement, Palin proclaimed, “America is at a tipping point. As I’ve watched the far left destroy the country, I knew I had to step up and join the fight.”

Yes, that utter selflessness is utterly heartwarming, is it not?

But all that I’ve seen Palin offer thus far in terms of real solutions to real problems is that “the far left” is “destroy[ing] the country” — which is pretty much all that any of the fucking nut jobs posing as Repugnicans publicly declare anymore.

These “people” have stunningly limited vocabularies, and they dutifully mindlessly parrot such tropes as “far left,” “radical left,” “radical liberal,” “socialist,” “communist,” etc. — it’s all repetitive smears and name-calling and distraction, with no real discussion of how to solve the nation’s problems.

Still, it’s deeply unfair that the likes of, say, Repugnican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, have stolen not only Palin’s white-trash “political” playbook, but even have stolen her look:

Again, what the United States of America really needs right now is the return of the “woman” who started it all.

We, the people, should refuse to settle for cheap knock-offs of The Original Hockey Mom, who can be distinguished from a pit bull only by her lipstick! Vote Sarah Palin 2022!

*To be clear, I’m not big on President Biden, either. In fact, I didn’t vote for him because I lived in California at the time and I knew that he’d win the state and all of its electoral votes no matter how I voted.

But, even though the corporate whores of the Democratic Party (and they are legion) fucked over Bernie Sanders again in order to install the wholly uninspiring and oft-addled Biden as the presidential nominee, I recognize Biden as the lawful (if at least somewhat awful) president, and it’s insane, of course, to blame Biden for all of the nation’s problems — perhaps especially when the same “people” who are focused like lasers on Biden’s real and fabricated shortcomings always wholly ignored Pussygrabber’s much worse actual shortcomings (including not only his treason and sedition, which continue to this day, but his having bragged about having grabbed women by the pussy).

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