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A case can be easily made for the idea that this is the most divided administration and Congress since? With the advent of TOTUS, it appears that GOP  (aka Trump) party loyalty is more important than representing all of the people in their respective districts. It is particularly evident in the GOP (save a few). Rather than act in the interest of  their districts these folks have sided with the miscreant administration against the interests of the people  who voted for them. The rampant self service of this Congress is a disgrace and an affront to the population of the United States. It is sad  that we have an administration that is essentially a criminal enterprise abetted by the same people who persuaded us to vote for them with the promise of good government. The actions over the past 3 plus years by this administration have shown how little our representatives care about the voters no matter what they state in public. The crime is that these representatives elected by the people based on what they promised never intended to fulfil any of the promises made during the run for office. Not all voters are liberal, conservative or any other labels, what we have have is a diverse population with  many opinions and beliefs. Unfortunately some of us in frustration fall into the vacuum of  “label” space. Bear in mind that facts are always facts and only change when proven false.

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The stable genius has once again proven his inability to lead, in an effort to bolster his unfounded belief in the efficacy of a debunked Corona Virus treatment. His backing of a “voodoo” Doctor has verified his desperation in looking good to the voters. MA

The doctor in a COVID-19 disinformation video endorsed by Trump belongs to a fringe Tea Party-backed group of medics whose founder said the virus is not a major threat

Dr Immanuel
A still from a video showing Dr. Stella Immanuel speaking with other members of a group called America’s Frontline Doctors. 
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  • Dr. Stella Immanuel, who promoted an unproven COVID-19 treatment in a video shared by President Donald Trump this week, is a member of a controversial Tea Party-backed group of medics.
  • The group, America’s Frontline Doctors, has called for the lifting of lockdown restrictions and criticized measures to slow the spread of the disease.
  • Its founder, Dr. Simone Gold, told the AP in May that there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned” about COVID-19.
  • The group is backed by Tea Party Patriots, a conservative group that has supported protests against lockdown measures.

Dr. Stella Immanuel, who appeared in a controversial video promoting an unproven COVID-19 treatment, is a member of a group of pro-Trump medics who have for months been pushing misinformation about the virus.

In the video, clips of which were shared this week by President Donald Trump, Immanuel appears at a news conference outside the Supreme Court with other members of the group, America’s Frontline Doctors, and GOP Rep. Ralph Norman. The members promote the drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive treatment and a cure for COVID-19.

The Food and Drug Administration has said that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective COVID-19 treatment and that it should not be used for coronavirus patients because of a risk of dangerous heart problems.

The founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, who also appears in the video, has been a vocal critic of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and said in May that most Americans need not worry about it. Immanuel has also questioned the effectiveness of wearing masks to stop the spread of the disease — despite mounting evidence that it is one of the best protective measures people can take.

The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday on Immanuel’s other outlandish claims, including that sex dreams involving demons cause illnesses and that alien DNA is used in medications.

The hydroxychloroquine video was shared widely on social media, and the right-wing site Breitbart promoted it. The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., had his Twitter account temporarily limited for sharing it; the site said it violated its rules against promoting coronavirus misinformation. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube also removed the video.

The press conference that the medics spoke at was hosted by Tea Party Patriots, a right-wing nonprofit group that backed protests against lockdown measures in several US states earlier this year. The group has raised $24 million in the past six years to support Republican candidates and causes, NBC News reported.

America’s Frontline Doctors was started by Dr. Simone Gold, whose Twitter profile describes her as a “doctor-lawyer-writer-mom” in Los Angeles. On social media she has argued against lockdown measures.

The Associated Press reported in May that Republican operatives were recruiting medics to argue in favor of reopening the US economy as soon as possible — while public-health experts called for phased, gradual reopenings to prevent a resurgence of the virus — and that Gold was the first signatory of 400 on a letter calling for an economic reopening.

She told the AP that there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned” about COVID-19. She denied that she working in coordination with the Trump campaign.

She did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday, the US had reported nearly 150,000 COVID-19 deaths.

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Social Security advocates who breathed a sigh of relief when Senate Republicans rejected President Trump’s demand to place a payroll cut in the latest coronavirus relief bill exhaled too soon.

The version unveiled Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) incorporates a provision even more menacing for Social Security (and Medicare too).

This is the so-called TRUST Act, which was crafted by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and has been bubbling along in Capitol Hill corridors since last year.

They are plotting to use the cover of the pandemic to slash Social Security.

Nancy Altman, Social Security Works

The TRUST Act is a device to tamper with Social Security behind closed doors and in a way that would allow senators and members of Congress to wreak havoc on the program without leaving fingerprints.

The TRUST Act is now a provision of the HEALS Act — the Senate GOP’s opening bid on coronavirus relief. So it’s timely to give it a close look.

We’ll start by pointing out that Social Security advocates are universally opposed to the measure, which they see, correctly, as an expression of longtime conservative hostility to the program.

“In the midst of a catastrophic pandemic,” says Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, Republicans “should be focused on protecting seniors, essential workers, and the unemployed. Instead, they are plotting to use the cover of the pandemic to slash Social Security.”

The TRUST Act — the acronym stands portentously for “Time to Rescue United States’ Trusts” — would work by ginning up a sense of near-term emergency about the finances of Social Security, Medicare and the federal highway trust fund.

The crisis is largely imaginary, for the Social Security trust fund, by far the biggest of the reserves with $2.9 trillion today, is not in danger of exhaustion for at least 15 years. Nevertheless, the TRUST Act would require the Treasury to issue a report on the status of the funds within 45 days of the measure’s passage.

Congress would then appoint bipartisan committees mandated to “draft legislation that restores solvency and otherwise improves each trust fund program,” as Romney has described the process. Whatever proposals these panels produced would be fast-tracked in Congress and not subject to amendment. (The bills would need 60 votes in the Senate.)

On the surface, this seems almost innocuous — so much so that the act has attracted co-sponsorships from a handful of inattentive and somewhat conservative Democrats, including Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. They should pay better attention.

Romney has stated that his model for the TRUST Act is the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission empaneled by Barack Obama in 2010. That should be a dead giveaway of the dangers.

That commission, which was headed by former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, an ex-investment banker claiming Democratic Party cred from a stint as President Clinton’s chief of staff, was a mess. Its goal was to produce some putatively bipartisan recommendations for deficit reduction, but it was unable to come up with any that could garner a majority vote, so it never actually produced any recommendations.

The proposals that did surface were generally good for the wealthy, not so good for the middle class or low-income Americans. Matters weren’t helped by Simpson’s ignorance about Social Security, which he expressed in unbelievably crass language — at one point referring to the program, which provides more than half the income for two-thirds of all American retirees, as “a milk cow with 310 million tits.”

Since the TRUST panels’ deliberations will be offered to Congress on a take-it-or-leave-it basis, the process rather serves what the GOP refers to as the need to gut Social Security “behind closed doors,” to quote an unwittingly revealing line uttered last year by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa).

It should be obvious that if fiscal changes in Social Security are favorable for the broad public — say by raising payroll taxes on wealthier Americans who currently get a break on them — they don’t have to be crafted behind closed doors or outsourced to a committee that absolves most senators and representatives of responsibility.

If they involve cutting benefits, a step that would harm the majority of retirees and rank-and-file workers, then it pays to do the work in secret.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the biggest fans of the TRUST Act are water-carriers for richer Americans. They include the Committee for a Responsible Budget, which was supported for years by the late hedge fund billionaire Pete Peterson, by both Simpson and Bowles, and by the Koch-financed organization Americans for Prosperity.

One shouldn’t be fooled by these TRUST Act advocates’ assertions that Social Security needs to be “fixed.” Down deep, they mean “fixed” in the sense that one “fixes” a cat or the Mafia “fixes” a snitch. Democrats on Capitol Hill should keep their wits about them, and “fix” the TRUST Act before it goes any further.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., defended controversial comments he made over the weekend after coming under fire for claiming that America’s Founding Fathers considered slavery a “necessary evil.”

Tom Cotton wearing a suit and tie: Sen. Tom Cotton attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans' opposition to D.C. statehood on Capitol Hill July 1, 2020 in Washington.© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Sen. Tom Cotton attends a press conference announcing Senate Republicans’ opposition to D.C. statehood on Capitol Hill July 1, 2020 in Washington.

Cotton attempted to explain comments he made during an interview with the Arkansas Democratic-Gazette, in which he criticized The New York Times over an initiative that would reframe U.S. history lessons by marking the country’s founding as 1619, the year the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. “This is the definition of fake news,” Cotton tweeted Sunday. “I said that *the Founders viewed slavery as a necessary evil* and described how they put the evil institution on the path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln.”

Cotton faced fierce backlash over the weekend after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published an article about the senator’s efforts to target the Times initiative.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said in the interview. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

In response, Cotton, a strong ally of President Donald Trump, said he’s working on legislation that would withhold federal funding from schools that implemented the 1619 curriculum.

Cotton said he drafted the “Saving American History Act of 2020”, claiming that America was founded on the ideals of the Declaration of Independence rather than on the history of enslaved people, which began more than 100 years before the Declaration was signed. His bill would also make schools that teach the 1619 Project ineligible for federal professional-development grants.

MORE: en. Tom Cotton bill would prohibit federal funding for teaching The 1619 ProjectThe New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded. Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage,” Cotton said in a release.

“Curriculum is a matter for local decisions, and if local left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” he told the paper. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

Cotton called the proposed reinterpretation “a distortion of American history,” according to the paper. He dismissed the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda” and “revisionist history at its worst,” the paper reported.

MORE: Backlash after Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton pushes Trump to invoke Insurrection Act in NYT op-ed: ‘Send in the Troops’Cotton said he doesn’t, personally, support the concept that slavery was a “necessary evil,” but Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones pushed back on those claims via Twitter, saying, “You said, quote: ‘As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.’ That ‘as’ denotes agreement. Further, if by path to extinction you mean growing the enslaved (population) from 500k to 4 million at Civil War, a war fought over slavery, then, ok.”

Cotton responded to Hannah-Jones’ tweet on Sunday, calling it “more lies from the debunked 1619 Project.”

“Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery,” he tweeted. “No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.”

ABC News’ Bobby Gehlen contributed to this report.

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Taken from another land

Put into Bondage under the whip

Prevented from Access to education

Made to sit in the back of Public Transportation

Made to drink from separate fountains

Could not eat in Restaurants- except outside or take to go (even if we were the cooks)

Made to live in substandard housing and neighborhoods

Cheated at banks and stores with no redress

Hung on a whim

Land taken just because

Last hired first fired

Paid less even though more qualified

Hired or admitted (to schools) on a quota system

Restricted to certain neighborhoods in renting or buying

Restricted to menial jobs in the service of a country that barely acknowledged us

All of this not just  then but NOW!

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So…it was OK to steal people from their homeland to work for nothing in another country for 400 years., then relegate their existence to the trash pile of history. This is an elected official who is supposed to represent EVERYONE in his electoral district.MA

07/27/2020 12:23 am ET Updated 6 hours ago

Slavery “was the necessary evil upon which the union was built,” the Arkansas senator said in an interview.

By Mary Papenfuss

Controversial Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called slavery the nation’s “necessary evil” in a new interview published Sunday.

The senator told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that slavery was the evil ”upon which the union was built.”

He made the stunning comment while discussing how slavery should be taught in schools.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

Cotton also noted that the “union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added.

Cotton delved into his twisted view of the history of slavery as he discussed his bill — the Saving American History Act of 2020 — that would cut off federal professional development funds from any school district that teaches a curriculum linked to the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project — which refers to the year slaves were brought from Africa to colonial America — was a series of pieces by writers for the New York Times Magazine that examines the American history of slavery and its critical role in the nation’s founding.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter and director of the 1619 Project, blasted Cotton’s comments justifying slavery, “where it was legal to rape, torture and sell human beings for profit.” It’s “hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end,” she added.

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end.

AR Democrat-Gazette

@ArkansasOnline

Bill by Sen. Tom Cotton targets curriculum on slavery http://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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Cotton shot back in a tweet — retweeted by President Donald Trump — that his comments were not “justifying or endorsing slavery” because he claimed to be merely “describing the views of the Founders.”

 

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

 

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end. https://twitter.com/arkansasonline/status/1287405584585809923…

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Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Were the Founders right or wrong, @TomCottonAR, when they called slavery a “necessary evil upon which the Union was built”? Because either you agree with their assessment of slavery as necessary or you admit they were lying and it was just an evil and dishonorable choice. Which?

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right. https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1287456866239418368…

5:52 PM · Jul 26, 2020

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Replying to @nhannahjones

Actual historian and scholar of slavery. https://twitter.com/rothmanistan/status/1287465958529957890?s=21…

Joshua D. Rothman

@rothmanistan

Contra Sen. Cotton, slavery was neither a “necessary” evil nor destined for “ultimate extinction.” Slavery was a choice defended or accepted by most white Americans for generations, and it expanded dramatically between the Revolution and the Civil War. https://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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In his interview with the Gazette, Cotton criticized the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda,” and “factually, historically flawed.”

“Even a penny is too much to go to the 1619 Project in our public schools,” Cotton said. “The New York Times should not be teaching American history to our kids.”

If “local, left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” said Cotton. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

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Apparently the 1960’s have been roiling in the country for years as this current administration has in essence “released the Kraken”. The culmination of the life experiences of TOTUS has influenced his administration and drawn the baser elements of our society to it. Somehow  the miscreants have coalesced into an administration and Congress ( in part) which mirrors some Dictatorial governments.

Our Direction is clearly stated below:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

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Did he deserve a first term and is he deserving of a second? America first means what best for ALL of us not just the so called Elites who have gained immeasurably from TOTUS’s administration. Remember the “TAX REFORM” which benefitted only the well off and that TOTUS’ was and is abetted by a neer do well Congress. MA.

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The Unemployment Stimulus makes people not want to return to work? GOP members again have no idea of who their constituents are unless they happen to be big money donors. They no matter what they publicly voice, are still dividing the majority of Americans with RACIAL and class  dog whistles. No matter which party you associate yourself with and the subsect therein, it is wise to consider the reality that all legislation affects you and your family somehow. These effects my not be direct but they do affect you. The GOP touts conservative values which means merely that they want to pass legislation to control your tax dollars and  will use those tax dollars against your interests while uplifting their big money donors. This also entails installing “their” judges to lifetime positions that will alter decisions that often go against the interests of most Americans while benefitting their donors and thereby their personal interests. Do not not mistake the Liberal agendas of the  Dems for all good as they have their own pipers to pay with our tax dollars too. If a piece of legislation would mandate the death penalty for spitting on the sidewalk and you were the perpetrator how would you feel? This is of course absurd (or is it?) but many people of color suffered the fate of the rope and worse for walking on the side walk and not getting off of it when someone White comes along. This by the way was just one of the means of “obtaining” the promised “40 acres and a mule” after the civil war which for the most part ended up being another “slave job” for people of color. All of that being said : “suppose it were you?”  Back to the real subject of what we need to do to reclaim the rights of voting and having a voice in government. First and foremost- do not fall into the familiar  trap of political rhetoric that promises everything and delivers nothing! As a voter we all need to “vet” the person who is seeking our support at the ballot box even if they are now in office and seeking to remain there. The process for vetting is: read and view several sources of information and learn to recognize “B.S”. Just remember the truth is always the truth and does not change while lies shift in seconds.

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