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Autocrats, dictators, people in power all seem to tell us that what they are doing to us is for our own good and somehow many of us believe it. If we are paying attention, we can see what the GOP is doing and saying the same thing while enacting repressive laws on voting, reproduction and installing “their choice of judges” while stopping passage of infrastructure legislation. Is this for our own good? The current GOP is almost a mirror image of the1850’s political group then called southern Democrats or Dixiecrats. The times have changed but the issues and activities are the same. The basis of the party is to control government and make laws that benefit big business and thereby benefit themselves. These activities do not and have not benefitted the voters (all voters pro and con), too many voters fail to understand that following someone who promotes falsehoods disguised as facts amounts to abdicating your rights as a citizen. A casual glance around the world should show how people in power will lie to your face while continuing their nefarious deeds “on your behalf”. A shining example is the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, this was done “in the best interests of Ukraine” no matter how many Ukrainians died and how devastated the landscape become. This is what is quietly done when the party of the “right” is in power with no checks from the left and center. It is unfortunate that the United States has entered a stage where “Civil War” is possible especially since the effects of the last one is still with us.

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If you are or aren’t a Star Wars fan, the emergence of the Sith indicates how evil can pervade the government under the guise of leadership while the leadership cowers in the face of it and eventually succumbs to its will. MA


April 21, 2022
Heather Cox Richardson
Apr 22Today started with a New York Times story by journalists Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin, based on their forthcoming book, detailing how the two top Republicans in Congress during the January 6 insurrection, then–Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), blamed Trump for the attack on the Capitol and wanted him removed from office.On the night of January 6, McConnell told colleagues that the party would finally break with Trump and his followers, and days later, as Democrats contemplated impeachment, he said, “The Democrats are going to take care of the son of a bitch for us.” McConnell said he expected the Senate to convict Trump, and then Congress could bar him from ever again holding office. After what had happened, McConnell said: “If this isn’t impeachable, I don’t know what is.”     McCarthy’s reaction was similar. Burns and Martin wrote that in a phone call on January 10, McCarthy said he planned to call Trump and recommend that he resign. “What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it,” he told a conference call of the Republican leadership. He also said he wished that social media companies would ban certain Republican lawmakers because they were stoking paranoia about the 2020 election. Other leaders, including Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN), talked of moving Trump out of the party.  Within weeks, though, faced with Trump’s continuing popularity with his base, McConnell and McCarthy had lost their courage. McConnell voted against Trump’s conviction for incitement of insurrection, and McCarthy was at Mar-a-Lago, posing for a photograph with Trump. Since then, McConnell has said he would “absolutely” vote for Trump in 2024 if he is the Republican Party’s nominee, and McCarthy has blamed the January 6 insurrection on Democratic leaders and security guards for doing a poor job of defending the Capitol. Their tone has changed so significantly that the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol wanted to interview McCarthy to see if Trump had pressured him to change his story. McCarthy refused to cooperate, saying that “[t]he committee’s only objective is to attempt to damage its political opponents” and that he would not talk about “private conversations not remotely related to the violence that unfolded at the Capitol.”Today, McCarthy responded to Burns and Martin’s story with a statement saying that the reporting was “totally false and wrong” before going on a partisan rant that the “corporate media is obsessed with doing everything it can to further a liberal agenda” and insisting that the country was better off with former president Trump in office. McCarthy’s spokesperson, Mark Bednar, denied the specifics of the story: “McCarthy never said he’d call Trump to say he should resign,” Bednar said.Oops. There was a tape. On January 10, 2021, McCarthy and Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) on a call with the House Republican leadership spoke about invoking the 25th Amendment, and McCarthy said he expected impeachment to pass the House and likely the Senate, and that he planned to tell Trump he should resign.After Rachel Maddow played the tape on her show tonight, conservative lawyer and Washington Post columnist George Conway tweeted: “Here’s an idea for you, Kevin. Tell the truth. Save whatever you might be able to salvage of your dignity and reputation. Come clean.” 
—Notes:https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/21/us/politics/trump-mitch-mcconnell-kevin-mccarthy.htmlhttps://january6th.house.gov/sites/democrats.january6th.house.gov/files/2022-1-12.BGT%20Letter%20to%20McCarthy.pdfAcyn @AcynRecording of McCarthy and Cheney April 22nd 20225,784 Retweets15,735 Likes
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April 15, 2022
Heather Cox Richardson
Apr 16
Early in the morning of April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln breathed his last. The night before, he and his wife had gone to see a play—a comedy. One of the last men to talk to him before he left for the theater said it seemed the cares of the previous four years were melting away. The Confederacy was all but defeated, and the nation seemed to be on its way to a prosperous, inclusive new future.The bullet that killed Lincoln had been delivered by John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor poisoned by the belief that Lincoln’s use of the federal government to end human enslavement as a central part of the nation’s economy was tyranny. Since the 1830s, southern Democratic leaders had gotten around the sticky problem of the Declaration of Independence, with its insistence that “all men are created equal,” by insisting that democracy simply meant that men could elect their leaders at the state level. If voters chose to do unpopular things—like take Indigenous lands, enslave their Black neighbors, or impose taxes on Mexicans and Chinese and not on white men—that was their prerogative. Even if the vast majority of the U.S. population opposed those state laws, there was nothing the federal government could do to change them. The only thing the national government could do was to protect property, and that power was expansive: in 1859, enslavers would demand that the government take the extraordinary step of enforcing enslavement in the western territories. But, they insisted, the government had no power to do anything else. It could do nothing that the Framers had not enumerated in the Constitution, even if the vast majority of Americans wanted it to establish colleges for poor men, for example, or lay a road across the Cumberland Gap for western migrants, or dredge the harbors where trading schooners kept commerce flowing.To men like Lincoln, the men who organized the Republican Party, this simply made no sense. By its very nature, such an argument concentrated such wealth and power in a few men that the Republicans talked constantly of “oligarchy.” The point of a democratic government, they believed, was to answer the will of the majority of voters in the whole country. During the Civil War, the Republicans used the government to provide homesteads for settlers, create public colleges, distribute seeds (no small thing in an era when seeds were handed down in families and poor men often had no access to such legacies), charter a national railroad, invent national taxation, and—finally—end systemic human enslavement.  This system was wildly popular, but those determined to retain control of their states insisted it was tyranny. No longer able to manipulate the political system in their favor, they turned to violence. “Sic semper tyrannis!”— thus always to tyrants— Booth yelled from the stage at Ford’s Theater, after pulling the trigger.The old Democratic argument for state’s rights has reemerged in the present-day Republican Party, and it has taken on many of the same contours as it had in the 1850s. Adherents are operating in a false reality, believing that their vision of the nation is the only correct one, and that they must impose their will on the rest of us, no matter what we want. As Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) tweeted on October 8, 2020, “Democracy isn’t the objective; liberty, peace, and prospe[r]ity are. We want the human condition to flourish. Rank democracy can thwart that.”That fear of democracy has brought us to the edge of losing our government. In an exclusive story today by Ryan Nobles, Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen, and Jamie Gangel, CNN published 100 text messages between Senator Lee, Representative Chip Roy of Texas, and Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. The messages were obtained by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.They show elected members of our government eager to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 election in which a national majority of 7 million people had chosen Democrat Joe Biden as president. On November 7, acting on the false narrative the Trump administration had established months before that the election would be marked by fraud, Lee was one of a number of right-wing lawmakers and leaders who offered to Trump their “unequivocal support for you to exhaust every legal and constitutional remedy at your disposal to restore Americans faith in our elections.” On November 9, Lee told Meadows he was working to bring senators around to the idea of challenging the election. Roy wrote that they needed evidence of fraud: “We need ammo. We need fraud examples. We need it this weekend.”Gradually, though, Lee and Roy became concerned that the administration was long on accusations and short on evidence. On November 19, Trump’s public legal team—Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and Jenna Ellis—gave a press conference that was full of wild accusations, all of which were false, that might well have been designed simply to whip up Trump’s base for later attacks on the counting of electoral votes. (Trump’s team lost more than 60 lawsuits over the election, and when Dominion Voting Systems sued Powell for $1.3 billion over her accusations that their software flipped votes, her legal team argued that “reasonable people would not accept such statements as fact.”)In the wake of the conference, Lee worried that “the potential defamation liability for the president is significant here. For the campaign and the president personally. Unless Powell can back up everything she said, which I kind of doubt she can.” He believed the press conference was damaging enough that the president “should probably disassociate himself and refute any claims that can’t be substantiated.” On November 22, he begged Meadows: “Please tell me what I should be saying.” Roy wrote: “If we don’t get logic and reason in this before 11/30—the GOP conference will bolt (all except the most hard core Trump guys).”Lee and Roy then turned to lawyer John Eastman’s plan to have states appoint “alternative slates of electors” in place of the legitimate, certified ones. By January 3, Lee specified that those new slates must be named “pursuant to state law,” and started calling state legislators. In the end, Lee and Roy came to see that the fight to keep Trump in power was unconstitutional. On December 31, Roy wrote: “The President should call everyone off. It’s the only path. If we substitute the will of states through electors with a vote by Congress every 4 years…we have destroyed the electoral college… Respectfully.” On January 1, he added: “If POTUS allows this to occur…we’re driving a stake in the heart of the federal republic….”On January 4, Roy had abandoned the attack on the federal government, but other Republicans persisted. Roy texted: “I am truly sorry I am in a different spot then you and our brothers re: Wednesday. But I will defend all.” On January 6, during the riot, he texted: “This is a sh*tshow…. Fix this now.” “We are,” Meadows texted. Later that night, 8 senators and 139 representatives nonetheless voted to challenge certified state electoral votes electing Biden.Since January 6, the Republican Party has shifted its focus to the states to undermine the federal government. Nineteen states have changed their election laws to enable Republicans to win their states regardless of the will of the voters, sending Republican electors to put a Republican president in place. Encouraged by the Supreme Court’s “originalist” majority, which denies the ability of the federal government to protect civil rights in the states, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Texas have all overridden the constitutional right to abortion, and Republican lawmakers have indicated they are gunning for birth control and interracial marriage as well. Dramatically, in the last week. Texas governor Greg Abbott has effectively shut down international trade across the U.S.-Mexico border, explicitly asserting state power over national power and thus driving prices up all across the country.One hundred and fifty-seven years ago today, Lincoln’s secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, stood heartbroken by the bedside of the man who had asserted the power of the federal government over the states and said, “Now he belongs to the ages.”—Notes:Mueller, She Wrote @MuellerSheWroteSince @SenMikeLee is back on the news, let’s remind everyone how much he openly hates democracy. Yes, this is real. April 15th 20221,799 Retweets4,317 Likeshttps://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/politics/mike-lee-chip-roy-text-messages-jan-6-mark-meadows-overturn-election/index.htmlhttps://www.cnn.com/2020/11/19/politics/giuliani-trump-legal-team-press-briefing-fact-check/index.htmlhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/rudy-giuliani-press-conference-trump-election/2020/11/19/9192f928-2a9d-11eb-92b7-6ef17b3fe3b4_story.html​​https://apnews.com/article/dominion-lawsuit-sidney-powell-0031ce89ba24bdeae0402861e20ede69https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/02/08/sidney-powells-legal-team-perhaps-kraken-wasnt-real-after-all/https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/politics/mike-lee-chip-roy-text-messages-jan-6-mark-meadows-overturn-election/index.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/article/abortion-laws-us.htmlhttps://www.cnn.com/2022/04/15/politics/read-mark-meadows-texts-mike-lee-chip-roy/index.html
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After many years for many of us, we seem to have forgotten the evils of our politics. There have and always will be people we elect whose motives are not in our best interests no matter the rhetoric. The article below explains in an older missive recreated by writer Heather Cox Richardson:

April 9, 2022Heather Cox RichardsonApr 10On April 9, 1865, General Ulysses S. Grant got out of bed with a migraine.The pain had hit the day before as he rode through the Virginia countryside, where the United States Army had been harrying the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, for days.Grant knew it was only a question of time before Lee had to surrender. After four years of war, the people in the South were starving, and Lee’s army was melting away as men went home to salvage whatever they could of their farm and family. Just that morning, a Confederate colonel had thrown himself on Grant’s mercy after realizing that he was the only man in his entire regiment who had not already abandoned the cause. But while Grant had twice asked Lee to surrender, Lee continued to insist his men could fight on.So Grant had gone to bed in a Virginia farmhouse on April 8, dirty, tired, and miserable with a migraine. He spent the night “bathing my feet in hot water and mustard, and putting mustard plasters on my wrists and the back part of my neck, hoping to be cured by morning.” His remedies didn’t work. In the morning, Grant pulled on his clothes from the day before and rode out to the head of his column with his head throbbing.As he rode, an escort arrived with a note from Lee requesting an interview for the purpose of surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia. “When the officer reached me I was still suffering with the sick headache,” Grant recalled, “but the instant I saw the contents of the note I was cured.”The two men met in the home of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Lee had dressed grandly for the occasion in a brand new general’s uniform carrying a dress sword; Grant wore simply the “rough garb” of a private with the shoulder straps of a lieutenant general. But the images of the noble South and the humble North hid a very different reality. As soon as the papers were signed, Lee told Grant his men were starving and asked if the Union general could provide the Confederates with rations. Grant didn’t hesitate. “Certainly,” he responded, even before he asked how many men needed food. He took Lee’s answer—“about twenty-five thousand”—in stride, telling the general that “he could have… all the provisions wanted.”Four years before, southerners defending their vision of white supremacy had ridden off to war boasting that they would beat the North’s misguided egalitarian levelers in a single battle. By 1865, Confederates were broken and starving, while the United States of America, backed by a booming industrial economy that rested on ordinary women and men of all backgrounds, could provide rations for twenty-five thousand extra men on a moment’s notice.The Civil War was won not by the dashing sons of wealthy planters, but by people like Grant, who dragged himself out of his blankets and pulled a dirty soldier’s uniform over his pounding head on an April morning because he knew he had to get up and get to work.
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since before the civil war the political right, conservatives and other “small” government folks have made it their business to reduce the government’s actions in the lives of the voters. To be clear, no one wants a heavy-handed government however there are things that the Government can do that the states and municipalities cannot do. If we as citizens fail to look beyond the trees and look at the forest, then we will repeat the failures of the past namely the events that preceded the Civil War. Totus aka Donald Trump, Numpty or whatever you want to call him purposely used racial slurs, inuendo and outright lies to and about everyone to get what he wanted no matter the consequences. The Rightists religious, who have for years wanted to return America to the days of the religious extremists who thought the church should have a bigger say in Government no matter the consequences eagerly followed and supported Numpty as his support allowed them to push their agenda, consequences on the nation as a whole does not matter. This along with the Extreme Liars we call Congress are pushing us to a familiar and infamous split that was the precursor of the past “Civil War” only now it is no longer just about Race, it is about money and power, power to make laws that restrict voting, control the right to proper Heathcare and instill what “they” consider correct as opposed to what is correct from a medical viewpoint. The politricks has taken over reasonable government all for $$$ and power with nothing left for the voters.

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The neer do while Congress again shows why we need to stop voting by rote. When TOTUS was in office(?) among his many irrational actions, he attempted to coerce Ukraine to spend time finding or manufacturing dirt on Joe Biden’s son. When that did not happen, he abandoned Ukraine’s needs for assistance (forward to now). The then in power GOP refused to impeach him for malfeasance much like they did when he created the feeding ground for the capital insurrection. Now the GOP in pursuit of control of the Congress has pointedly refused to do the job they were elected to do which is “serve the people”. They have fought against progress since before Bill Clinton and they continue by flat out lying about anything the Democrats do or want to do. Neither party is especially wonderful as a whole but in individual case some of them almost have integrity. We voters have the task of voting for the best people, but we have to ignore the hype and falsehoods the flow like gushers from mass media. Finding the “best” people is difficult but not impossible, remember Lies are like spoiled fish-they stink, and their eyes are sunken in!

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The GOP is attempting media control kind of Putinesque? MA

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton outside the U.S. Supreme Court in November 2021.

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Six Republican Attorneys General Warn DirecTV to Keep Airing OAN or… They’ll Be Really Mad

Tom McKay – Yesterday 3:10 PMFollow

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is taking some time away from inflicting inconceivable suffering on trans children and allegedly defrauding investors to warn DirecTV: bring back your Trumpiest channel… or he’ll be really mad… or something.

Paxton, who has never been one to pass up an opportunity to debase his official position to pursue the Republican grievance of the week, has joined with his GOP colleagues in five other states (Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and South Carolina) to pen a letter warning of consequences if the contract between DirecTV and the MAGA propaganda network One America News (OAN) isn’t renewed.

In January, the AT&T-owned satellite TV provider announced its intent to drop OAN from its roster at the end of the current contract—effectively cutting the Donald Trump-obsessed channel off from its only major distributor and sole reliable source of revenue. DirecTV had been forced to carry the network as part of a settlement agreement. OAN’s content consisted of a bizarre mix of fascist calls to violenceconspiracy theories, and sheer cringe, so it’s not surprising that DirecTV decided to do some cord-cutting of its own.

Terrible consequences. Dire ones that would shake even the most resolute of corporate giants. Consequences like they’ll be really mad and uhh… something something… boycott.

In the letter to DirecTV Bill Morrow, Paxton and the other AGs wrote that DirecTV’s decision was “highly troubling and disappointing” and “masking what is obviously viewpoint discrimination with neutral corporate-speak.” They “strongly recommend” that the cable provider keep the channel in its available bundles. The AGs went on to argue that DirecTV’s explanation that their decision to drop OAN was based “routine internal review” is actually just cover for “powerful leftwing voices” demanding corporate censorship:

Obviously, these inflammatory accusations against OAN are ridiculous. And even if they weren’t—that is, even if OAN were more accurately construed as simply representing a different perspective from the legacy media’s liberal orthodoxies—that’s precisely what your majority owner AT&T wanted when it signed OAN: viewpoint diversity. Those values appear to have changed dramatically in late 2020 when the legacy media decided Joe Biden was the next president.

Why, exactly, are six Republican AGs spending their time, and thus taxpaer dollar, writing this letter? Despite the fact that Paxton regularly threatens to “investigate” whichever company or person happens to be the target of any given week’s Fox News outrage, the letter is curiously devoid of any promise of official retribution. Instead, the AGs wrote that maybe there will be a spontaneous AT&T boycott from Trump supporters:

Your failure to do so will not only cause you to lose millions of dollars in business, but also drive many millions of Americans to simply cancel your services outright, as President Trump and other leading figures have already called for.

Perhaps this is because there is no actual legal basis via which the Republican attorneys general could issue a credible threat.

OAN’s contract with DirecTV expires in April, and there’s no indication a meaningless letter from Paxton will have any more impact than OAN host Dan Ball’s pleas for loyal viewers to dig up blackmail material on AT&T chairman William Kennard. Perhaps they’ll convince a few guys wearing sunglasses indoors to smash their AT&T cable boxes, but that would require they miss a few football games, so probably not.

When he’s not penning meaningless letters to satellite TV providers, Paxton spends his time deputizing Texas child protective services to terrorize the families of trans children who receive treatment for gender dysphoria, trying to ban abortion, being investigated by the FBI for allegedly abusing his office and accepting bribes. He is also still facing criminal charges of securities fraud he was first arrested for in 2015.

DirecTV didn’t respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment on this story, but we’ll update if we hear back.

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Apparently, the GOP is more concerned with elections than supporting our European allies and partners from Russian dominance. Botch McConnell has stated that President Biden acted too slow and not forcibly enough with sanctions on Russia. This is from a man whose sole purpose in Congress is to be in power and all for himself. Now there are several other GOP members who if they were working for their constituents would be supporting the President in his action on Russia as all of the actions taken by Russia affects everyone else at some point. Mr. Biden stepped into ankle deep problems when taking office and the GOP has allowed other things to happen by being unconscionably loyal to the former guy. The job of president is extremely difficult which is why the former guy could not do it except badly much like he runs his business. You would think the Congress would want their constituents to prosper but apparently, they don’t and continue to lie on live on right wing TV and podcasts. We (voters) need to become more informed about what is occurring around the United States and the world as it all affects us even if we do not live in those areas. The General political arena has never been particularly honest or faithful for that matter but “neo” politics are downright dishonest and untrustworthy. Now the lie has become fact (in some minds) along the lines of the “Great propagandist” Joseph Goebbels who mastered the art of lying just by lying over and over again. This is evident now in Ukraine as evoked by Mr. Putin and in our last election by Donald J. Trump and “his” Republican party. It is unfortunate that these times mirror the worst of the 1950’s Joe McCarthy hearings with a communist behind every door and the Reconstruction era when the South continued the civil war in the shadows with the suppression of voting rights for nonwhites and limiting educational and job opportunities, keeping poor folks living below the poverty line. It would have been theoretically inconceivable after WWll for the United States to become what we are now but unfortunately; we are where we are because we the people are susceptible to mass media which have lying as a monetizing model. So many of us have been duped by our own anger, the high-profile celebrity media presenters and indeed our long serving Congressional members who have their own wellbeing as a top priority. As voters our sole objective is to be informed and not distracted by “shiny objects” disguising half facts and outright lies. Answer the question of: “what do you believe? Facts or a nice sounding lie that goes against your personal interests.

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Since the reconstruction era (an oxymoron), the Bill of rights has been misconstrued, stretched and bent backwards to suit the industrialists and the richest of our (US citizens) country. This has always been evident in the political sphere as shown by the ridiculous amounts of money used to mount and wage a campaign for an “elected” office. We “the people” have been essentially victims of what money can buy and receiving little to no general benefit from any of it. Our only salvation is real information (not misinformatSince the reconstruction era (an oxymoron), the Bill of rights has been misconstrued, stretched and bent backwards to suit the industrialists and the richest of our (US citizens) country. This has always been evident in the political sphere as shown by the ridiculous amounts of money used to mount and wage a campaign for an “elected” office. We “the people” have been essentially victims of what money can buy and receiving little to no general benefit from any of it. Our only salvation is real information (not misinformation and speculation). We currently have at minimum 3 Judges on the high court who are as miscreant as any felon except they have never been arrested (as far as we know). We an unknown number of Congressional members who are morally corrupt and out for themselves. One example: they fought “Obamacare” but proceeded incorporate their own healthcare into it. Our solution: stop taking sides against one another and see the true enemy: those we elected.

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Looking at all of the “news” regarding Nato, Russia, Afghanistan and Federal Government, there is one connection among all of them: President Biden. Aside from the garbage left by the former guy, we have Russia, the Taliban, Iran and China all vying for word wide attention as they ply their trade in aggression at home and abroad. These being normal things in the grand scheme of things. In the US we have the aftermath of January 6th which has shown how divided we are as a country with a raging pandemic assisted by folks who refuse to get the jabs because of previous harm done by the medical community and mass media mis information. Years ago, when Polio, smallpox, measles and chickenpox were prevalent, there were mandates to get vaccinated, we went willingly without a whimper, and we were better for it (we still have those mandates in order for children to begin school). According to the experts who are studying this onslaught of disease daily, if we have at least 70% of the population vaxxed we stand a chance of curbing it’s spread. We have Political leaders (who have gotten their shots) railing against mandated vaccination while their constituents are falling ill in 100’s and thousands around them. WE have a Congress blocking legislation that would provide work and income for the unemployed while rebuilding infrastructure, but a so-called Tax reform took money from those who made less than $400,000 annually (90% or more of Americans) was passed with no regard to how much the deficit grew. This fiasco was sold as a win for the working class, don’t see that yet. We as voters need to stop the current GOP from gaining power in the Congress or Whitehouse as this will maintain the status quo while doing nothing to improve current conditions HealthWise and financially. This is not to say the Democrats will necessarily do better but on the face of what we see now, they may be an improvement. On the subject of Russia, I am not an ambassador, politician or military expert but I believe it is NATO’s job to deal with Russia, Iran, the Taliban and China. First make Ukraine and Taiwan members of Nato, that will end the Russian and Chinese threats, then impose more severe sanctions on Iran, the Taliban to bring them to the table. This is my take on what should be considered or done.

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