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Apr 18Liked by Robert Reich

Professor, I think this is the best thing you've written. It clearly and succinctly demarcates Sununu's words as the endpoint of the GOP as a viable political party in a democratic USA. When you are willing to trash the very principles of our form of government so that you may retain or acquire power, you are acting as any totalitarian, left or right, in any country in history. America was founded to repudiate that tradition, and therein lies its only true "exceptionalism". Sununu and all of his compatriot Republicans who have gone supine for Trump are not only treasonous cowards, they all display an incredible stupidity. They should know by now that everyone and everything Trump touches turns to shit, in the end.

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The GOP is, I reiterate, a CULT. It stopped being a political party before Jabba the Trump. They're kissing DJT's fat hairy mudflap ASS. If they're kissing ANYTHING ELSE, I wouldn't be surprised, but I would be disgusted. EXTREMELY.

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❤️ Reich ❤️:" [Lieutenant] Gerald Ford meet the enemy head-on [in World War II] because he thought he wouldn’t get killed? No. He did it despite that possibility. This executive committee, on the other hand, bolted before any shots were fired. ...caught up in this tidal wave of timidity and fear that’s sweeping this country. ... come out even tougher.."

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The Greatest Generation ran towards murderous Nazi bullets and begat a generation that ran away from a pin prick vaccination. "Hard times make strong men, strong men make good times, good times make weak men, weak men make Hard times."

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As a daughter of the Greatest Generation, I am a baby boomer. We never ran away from a pin prick vaccination (smallpox). When Jonas Salk invented a vaccine to innoculate against polio, we damn sure got it. If you are going to make proclamations about the evolution of our country, make sure you are accurate.

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I too am a baby boomer. It was our parents (the “greatest generation”) who made sure their children (us) got vaccinations. Too many of our fellow baby boomers failed to follow suit with their own children.

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Christine, look up the CDC vaccine schedule for children 2024 and note how many vaccines recommended to be given at 2 months in an infants immature immune system, then the frequency and multiplicity of vaccines in a very short period of time. DaPT is 3 diseases in one! Further, there have long been vaccine issues, ( I have known since the 1960s) , and initially the excuse was 'authorities know best' to coverup the problems and their solutions. Then, the corporate capture by companies of US regulatory agencies means money trumps full disclosures. There have been no studies of how this many varied vaccines can affect humans! None! There are too many children with severe & devastating consequences post a 'vaccine'.

I recall smallpox vaccine, still have the mark on my arm. Polio in school, the pink liquid. But, did you know the live polio vaccine caused some adults to get polio from their kids stool when they excreted live virus in the 1960s? Of course, you don't Not public knowledge. This took many years to resolve as folk have been so rigid in their adherence to 'accepted recommendations' despite evidence to the contrary. In the US, after many years, only dead polio 'inactivated) vaccine is now given 'ipv'. Many, many issues undisclosed.

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Not experimental profiteering crap in the last c medicine was for the most part about health it is now CAPTURED BY CAPITOLIST GREED

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My late dad was part of the greatest generation. SURE, we didn't always see eye - to - eye, but we respected each other's mindset, EVEEN IF we didn't always agree with it 100 % or even 15 - 20 %. & I respected my dad for serving in the USN. He could've been an admiral.

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I may be incorrect but I believe Power Corruots was referring to the MAGA cult who politicized Covid 19 and getting “the jab” due to Trump pretending it was no big deal since it would interfere with his campaign to stay in office. Not the smallpox vaccine…

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The anti COVID vaxx mentality has metastasized to all vaccines.

That's OK with me BTW. We need to cull the herd, and the gullible idiots will be the first to go.

As Napoleon said: When your don't interfere with your enemy when he is making a mistake.

The less of them the more of us. If the MAGAts committed suicide, then we wouldn't have to worry about a fascist dictatorship.

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I read more then one story about people on their death beds wishing they had got the jab unfortunately too late to help them.

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If he dies anytime soon it should be from something Covid related. HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO LIVE, Neither does any MAGAT. If I sound like I have a thimbleful of compassion left that's rapidly evaporating & as well as deficient in forgiveness, SO BE IT.

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Trump is a Boomer too. It’s not about when you were born. It’s about how you have lived.

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Trump is a troglodyte. He probably would eat carrion if he wasn't too DAMN LAZY to hunt it. Then he'd complain because ketchup didn't improve the taste.

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Mary Ann Brown : well said!

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Thank you.

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The name of generations started with a book by that title https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Generations/Jean-M-Twenge/9781982181611

The generation you and others call the Greatest waspopularized by Dan Rather, as it was the generation that sacrificed it's lives on the beaches of Normandy and the Pacfific, in the Huertgen Forest to defeat fascism.

An early useage of the term The Greatest Generation was in 1953 by U.S. Army General James Van Fleet, who had recently retired after his service in World War II and leading the Eighth Army in the Korean War. He spoke to Congress, saying, "The men of the Eighth Army are a magnificent lot, and I have always said the greatest generation of Americans we have ever produced.

The term is used for those born between 1901 -1927

Their children were the Silents and the Boomers. Silents were between 1928 and 1945.

If your parent was born after 1928 and before 1945 they were a silent.

Since the book, the whole idea has entered the lexicon

There is the Lost Generation:

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My parents were married- and I was conceived- in Honolulu, where my dad was a Sargent in the Marines. I was born on the last day of 1953. I call myself a Boomer. My parents referred themselves as Depression Era kids.

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He is accurate. Yes, many of us are vaccinated, thank God, but look how many refuse on the basis of stupidity.

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the people who avoid vaccination for any number of reasons should check into a hostel where they can pass away in peace, since they can't be bothered to protect themselves & others.

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How dare you arogant idiots piss on autonomy & choice not to be a victim of a profit driven experiment. History will make monkeys out of those of you that survive your bs jab idiots youve already been proven wrong by the rest of the world

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Remind the anti-Covid VAX or’s that the first polio vaccine killed 400,000 people. Sometimes there is collateral damage. That is one of the consequences of exceeding our carrying capacity by at least eight times.

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I second that Jonas Salk was and is a hero the institute in San Diego still bears his name today.

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As a board certified internal medicine specialist, I feel qualified to observe that your link is further proof that there are pseudo-scientific, conspiracy-theorist people in all professions, including medicine.

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My Dad passed last December at 96, he only entered the war after the fighting was over, he turned 18 in Sept of '45. He was stationed in Korea processing discharges.

Although he never fought, he wouldn't have hesitated. I asked why, and he said, it "was all worth fighting for, besides, who else is going to do it".

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I love that saying!! It is so true and on display with the GOP. Never have I seen such weak men! It is making hard times for all of us!!

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I disagree. The generation following the greatest had it so good that THEY begat a generation that ran away from a pin prick vaccination.

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I don't see how you can equate bullets with vaccinations.

What am I missing here?

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First Do No Harm: Stop the Lying 🤥 "Don't Sweat It" is a lie ...

Exercise and Exposure Therapy are mandatory and both cause sweat.

The US Senate's Dr Haidt's The 3 Great Untruths that Gen Z believes that are dooming Gen Z and democracy include Exposure Therapy demonization and State Dependent Learning.

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Maria Von Trapp's boss:"Climb Every Mountain Ford Every Stream..." and they won 5 Oscars for the documentary movie The Sound of Music" about facing your fear and that fear became love ( fear of the Captain became love of the Captain... fear of 7 motherless children became love of 7 motherless children).

Eleanor Roosevelt:"Do one thing every day that scares you." became Purdue Pharma's:"You don't have to face your fear anymore just keep taking our pills." Valium was the most prescribed medication for 13 years 1969 to 1982. Purdue's success exploiting gullibility led to Purdue's success exploiting more gullibility resulting in the opioid crises that killed a million Americans and counting.

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Pharma's $50 billion Opioid Settlements should deprogram Americans with the Joy of Rejection Desensitization and other forms of Exposure Therapy.

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The GOP - when the GOING GETS TOUGH, they make up 24 kt BS without even any glitter or gold paint to pretty it up. The constituency gobbles it like goose liver pate.

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Women too.

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That is why he was part of the greatest generation, country first, something tRump would not get the meaning of ever. I'm not sure his MAGA'S would either, even wrapped in the flag they claim to love.

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No guts & they make up crap about glory, success & family " Christian " values hoping that they sound halfway or even 1 / 3rd of the way convincing despite the Feces coming from their sewage ducts below their noses.

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@ Daniel Appleton. Cult. Here's my rant this morning,

Notes from Baghdad by the Sea

Bare knuckles.

16 million veterans. They are influential. Multiply that number by friends, family, patriotic supporters. A huge percentage supported Trump X 2. They can be flipped. Last night in Pennsyltucky were I was born and raised as the song goes, Biden invoked "not suckers and losers" for the first time and MSM picked it up. IMHO this is the visceral attack that hits 'em where it hurts.

I am in a DNC veteran's discussion group and one of our members is Fred Wellman, who is also chair of Forgotten Democrats. https://forgottendemocrats.org/ Fred is also a MeidasTouch personality. https://twitter.com/FPWellman?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor The No 1 movie running on TV is Midas Touch, and Ken Harbaugh's, "Against All Enemies" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjaUDqvdDHI. Groups like Vote Vets support Biden -- because Trump is a traitor. https://votevets.org/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjaUDqvdDHI

IMHO we can flip MOST Trump veteran supporters. When you meet them at the bar at the Legion, VFW, AmVets, ets, and say those magic words, "not suckers or losers," and watch them choke on their beer.

8.81 million self-identified Polish Americans.

Today Trump met with the Polish President at Trump Tower. Trump ally Putin has said in essence, Ukraine first, Poland next. Most Polish Americans supported Trump (as did Ukrainian Americans). IMHO Trump's "government in exile" is a violation of the Logan Act. which criminalizes negotiation by unauthorized American citizens with foreign governments having a dispute with the United States. The intent behind the Act is to prevent unauthorized negotiations from undermining the government's position. This is another group, that to support Trump are like chickens supporting Colonel Sanders.

The magic words "Trump hates dogs" and "Trump stole from kids with cancer" work, too.

Otherwise, I still think we can sweep if we expand the base. Potentially 13 million non registered people trend heavily Democratic. Register Democrats - save democracy.

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As a Polish American, I believe that possibly only the older generation of Polish immigrants might have voted for T. It's been reported that a lot of Florida Polish Residents did. The younger generation, that left Poland after 1981 Martial Law could recognize the fraudster.

And it helps to live in California...

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I wish that were true. I still hear from my hometown in Pensyltucky and most are MAGATs. Same in Ohio.

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Be sure to these misinformed Poles that Trump is pro-Putin.

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That was obvious the moment the problems with the funds for Ukraine started. My personal belief is that Trump when he was supposed to build Trump Tower in Moscow met Putin. Putin seeing what a perfect tool to weaken US he is, possibly told Trump what a great US President he'd make... And after that Putin's trolls started to manipulate US social media, got angry people even more angry and now we have a big problem... And when the time came Trump directed Republicans in Congress to hold the funds for Ukraine as a thank you gift to Putin...

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Trump voters don’t matter. God dang, the ignorance of the the electorate constantly astounds me. The only demographic that matters to either party on the national level or the number of registered non-voters. Since World War II other than 2020 it has been a bigger number than the popular vote total winner of the presidency. How do you win them? You provide good government and quality policy. That’s how Barack Obama, a black man, became president of a racist shit hole. He’s brilliant campaign manager combined with his brilliance understood this dynamic and motivated 8.5% of them to participate. Over 98% of those being a democratic party voter that here. Since the open change was busted by the party of “no“ they went back to their old ways. There’s no excuse for not winning every single election in this dynamic. All you have to do is provide good government. God damn that happens all over the world in every industrial country but ours we truly are a Third World shit hole. I don’t know where you’ve been or what you seen but I’ve been over 90 countries on six of the seven continents and I know what I’m speaking of. There are dozen countries in Africa that have ate far greater quality of life and opportunity of success in the United States. Almost every country in Europe, most in Asia, even a few and South America.

We don’t respect professionals in this country. Or professionalism. We hire the electrician with no eyebrows, the mechanical can get us in today. We listen to Joe fucking Rogan for our political science lessons. I think it would be best to defer to a political scientist myself, mebe…

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Fuck MeidasTouch in the Lincoln project. They are simply advocates of the status quo which is completely untenable. The Democratic Party is no different than the GOP when it comes to donor class loyalty. Have you read the platform? Does it really matter who your tax dollars go to between high stakeholder executive class of corporations or Coconspiring criminal grifters? I can’t imagine it does. at least not to me. We should’ve all abandon the two major parties for the Green party before it was taken over and co-opted by Putin in 2015. It was the only legitimate platform in our short term 50 year history.

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Daniel - the gop is a terrorist organization, advocating violence to solve political issues, advocating subservience of women, and denying women's health care. it is a terrorist organization that denies children food during the summer school vacations. it is a terrorist organization that promotes gun carnage. it is a terrrorist organization that has no respect for human rights at any level, except the right to do what they please to anyone who can't stop them. The gop is a terrorist organization

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It's gonna become like the Church during the Inquisition or the Puritans - If it isn't already.

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And the GOP is a donor class corporate oligarchy enabling machine. What’s the difference? Your taxpayer dollars go to people who are undeserving and don’t need them. Either way.

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Can you really get any more disgusted by this wet turd of a human?

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NOW THAT is a great question ! Can I ? MOST DEFINITELY. Do I ? If I spent a lot of time cultivating an ulcer, & splitting headaches, YEP. I'm trying to filter out or compartmentalize but it AIN'T EASY. He's still in the news, even if it's just a paragraph or 2, hard to shut out.

The only piece of news about Donny Drainclog that I'd TRULY enjoy hearing is Drainclog's T.O.D., Cause of death, funeral preparations - dump the c--ksucker at that Scottish golf course, plastinated or covered in cement with an OPEN MOUTH, which will serve as a divot. That's ALL THE DIGNITY that this creme de toxic sewage pus - pocket deserves. He has a place waiting in the lowest depths of the SEWERS of HADES.

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@Daniel Appleton. I regret to admit that my feelings toward old bone spur, the draft dodging, genital grabbing, tax cheating over weight tangerine twat waddle are about the same as yours...

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The Republican Party is DEAD !!! Richard Nixon wounded it and Trumpet 🎺 has RIPPED OUT ITS SOUL . The Republican Party is the party of Trumpet 🎺 Zombies !!!

I Now Know It’s Not About Politics Or Ideas or Ideals ITS A BEAUTY PAGENT and trumpet 🎺 is the PUPPET MASTER.

He Bought The Miss America PAGENT for Practice and The Current Republican Party Is TRUMPETS 🎺 PROPERTY !!!

Explains the ZOMBIE REPUBLICANS MAGA OF TODAY !!!

ITS JUST A BEAUTY PAGEANT !!!

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everyone better start speaking up without FEAR - a cult presidency is DEATH to us all

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It’s not as if the alternative has a platform that will move us towards the ideal that is America. I’m so sick and tired of voting against someone and some thing. The lesser of two evils is a pitiful existence. Let’s rise up and take our country back.

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more like an ugliness pageant, but point taken

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I’m already disgusted, Daniel. Now tell me how to get those unappetizing (to put it mildly) images out of my head. 😵‍💫

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Em, try THC or anything with Amanita in it.

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Yes, add wine to that, my new friend 🧡

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I'll get some gin & / or vodka. Maybe THC : Ganja Light.

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Thx, Daniel. I love practical suggestions. 🙂

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Agree, without reservation.

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As if the Democratic Party has any different? I would love to know how many of you in this thread have read the party platform!

They are just more polished and professional in the optic of their donor class representation.

How many of you realize Joe Biden is the owner of the highest wealth gap in history. Every single president since Ronald Reagan has been. Regardless of party affiliation. You are being taken to the cleaners and are nothing but a mark if you are a allegiant to either party. My God it’s not the people involved well obviously they are blatantly morally bankrupt but they have no influence on policy. That’s the donor class and the platform. There is one option that will change that. Demand the true progressives of the democratic party become the leader ship of the party. Set the agenda right the legislation and actually represent “we the people” the average democratic party constituent is every bit as policy ignorant and knowledge of body politic absent as any GOP voter.

Bashing the opposition is the ultimate waste of time energy and oxygen. Proving my point. It does absolutely nothing in terms of accountability on the part the office holders.

I have no idea how many accounts are real people in this thread but those that are, you do realize the DNC has millions of fake accounts also right? Anyone with no real picture, some nebulous title of their subscription that is the same when you search the person. Real journalists are more than anxious to put their name on it. Get a grip. MeidasTouch, Lincoln project all of those jokers are nothing but echo chamber Intentionally disingenuous DNC fluffer boys. Brooklyn’s dad and Ramona Greg, and lives in Los Angeles. No different than Matt Talib snd Ben Shapiro, other than the color of the tribe.

“We the people“ suck. The vast majority not being a member of the “well informed and educated electorate“

The representative democracy gig is a participation dynamic. Voting is not participating. It is the price of admission.

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I agree. This piece is simply brilliant. A clear exposition of the recent history that has led to this tragic consequence. The powerful role of ‘invisible’ mass media manipulation of the population and its use as a cultural controlling mechanism by successive governments during this period, and not just in the US, needs to be exposed and it’s societal implications become an open debate if rule of law social democracies are to survive.

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Robert Reich has indeed identified the root cause of this virus, the freaking pathogen, over and over again - the triumph of the oligarchy in overturning the careful construction of the institutions wrought by the Enlightenment.

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"the triumph of the Oligarchy in overturning the careful construction of the institutions wrought by the Enlightenment"...the problem in a nutshell. What's the solution? The class war has been going on for thousands of years. History rhymes. Will there ever be a solution for the masses that guarantees economic security?

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Experiencing the catastrophic effects of their self engendered global ecocide will give all of them a run for their money. Then we shall truly see what they (& we) are made of.

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@Gloria J. We are living in that solution; we just need to keep it going. But no, no guarantees. The defense of democracy is a forever duty.

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No guarantees, naturally. But we had, it thought we had, checks and balances to keep the power hungry in check and in balance. That area needs reexamining.

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I thought the purpose of checks and balances was to protect the wealthy and their property from the majority, and it works very well.

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Maybe you're right, it's a fine point. King George no, rich white plantation owners yes. Hard to put that on words without actually saying it.

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No Gloria, not unless their is an evolution in human nature, and it is no longer driven by the breeding imperative.

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@Kerry Truchero. Have heart my friend. The Enlightenment has lost a few battles against the moneyed interests, and the oligarchs and robber barons haven't given up. But I believe that the majority of our fellow citizens won't accept that criminal for president, and with another Democrat administration we will again bolster our precious democracy.

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Oh my God you cannot be more disconnected from reality if that was your mission. Virologist around the world have given a incredibly high likelihood of mutation Transgenecics from bat to human. Let’s stick with virologist when it comes to virology. You take your Joe Rogan shit and I’ll agree with you when it comes to MMA. That’s it

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I don’t know what the holy hell you’re talking about. Now it’s bats? Listen, troll joker both sides propagandist, global warming policy? Campaign finance reform? Immigration policy restructuring? Student debt forgiveness? Health care access and pharmaceutical affordability? Are you f***ing kidding me? No statistical moral difference? I’m done with you.

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Yes bats. Sorry to disrupt your narrative with truth. Now I’m gonna have to block you because you’re an obvious fake ass silicone ship agitprop lying POS. If I were you, I would lay off the rotgut bootleg vodka, take Putin’s cock out of your throat occasionally and tell your mother to watch her teeth…

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And I thought that the batshit crazy pathetic unloved asswipe who set himself on fire outside Trump's courtroom died. It's a miracle!

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@Monnina. Except that it already is exposed, just not to those who willfully look the other way in order to get their own way.

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It’s horseshit. If you think that’s brilliant, I don’t even have a response.

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@Kerry

Today Bill Barr now a witness for the prosecution of Trump announced that he supports him. The main reason why these guys support him is "dinero." They benefit from political patronage. They like the spoils system.

As Gertrude Stein would have said, "a snake is a snake is a snake is a snake!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULx9k2QkL94

The antidote for this kind of venom is to out register and outvote them

https://www.fieldteam6.org/

Adelante!

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Oh, God. That sniveling little bastard Bill Barr. What a spineless self serving legalese twisting situational ethics amoral religion-pretending piece of garbage.

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Remember Bill Barr's role in Iran /Contra?

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And a friend of Epstein, let’s not forget, when Epstein suddenly offed himself in prison. Yeah, right. And Alan Dershowitz, with his 10th grade defense during Trumps first impeachment. Another Epstein slimeball. ALL of these people are the scum of the earth. And horrendously suspicious.

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Reptilianos! Cosa de ...Republicans.

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Great description!

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The Trump DirtBag cabinet now sees the writing on the wall - the Republican candidates will lose in each state and the presidency - the party is the Titanic, it’s going down and they are clinging to Trump before they drown.

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Daniel: Barr's support for Trump is deeper than mere money. He is a rad trad Catholic, and as such a religious fascist.. Like Sununuu he wil and only can vote Republican, because the Republican party is up front aligned with the Catholic church. Patriarchal, misogynist, homophobic and totalitarian.

Nothing more totalitarian than a Pope who can dictate to the faithful (Papal bulls)

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There is--and has always been--a deep class divide among Catholics. Barr evidently belongs to the fascist wing.

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I know Victor, I was a Catholic, I wed in the Church of the Golden Altar. St Joseph, in Panama City, PA

And I also belonged to the Catholic Truth Society, with ilnks to Pius XII, andhad a subscription to the Wanderer, also a Knight of Columbus.

Thought the guitar and folk music with services, and the English mass were an abomination, the Organ player played traditional Latin Music, I still remember Panus Angelicus.

Once a month we attended underground Latin mass, presided over by an old retired Priest, and were visited by a representative l from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which replaced the Inquisition. It's been 40 years, all I can recall was we called him Monsigneur and the name was Irish. One thing he was interested in was taking our names and addresses. and no it wasn't Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)

I was a convert, for marriage, and it took about 6 years, but I came back to my senses.

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Congratulations!

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My own experience taught me about cognitive dissonance

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He's half Jewish. He's in a new law firm that sucks the tit of Republican party.

Catholics do not sup[port an orange antichrist.

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You can trust Barr about as far as you can throw that fat ass -

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Quoting Sununu leaves out the way he was smiling in a way I thought was mocking Stephanopoulos as he answered that he was abandoning his principles and voting for the insurrectionist, disgusting person because that was what the base wants.

Somehow when people smile pleasantly and laugh as they say horrible things it is as if the other person is the fool. Watch the interview.

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I watched it with a mixture of

disgust and incredulity. I assume that this is the same stance as his GOP constituents. My gods...so many stupid, gullible people.

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I remember a salesman came up to me at work (we shared a building with a car place). He asked me to move my car because it was too near the sales side. I had a jilopy at the time, a drag car with lots of rust. In our short conversation he smiled and told me how jilopies like mine were scaring customers away and that I was parking in their area (it was a shared parking lot). I told him to go fuck himself. He tried to use his "rich guy" cred to get me in trouble with my administrator who just laughed at him. People can tell you you are an asshole to your face with a smile, but because they dont use the swear words, that somehow makes it permissible?

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Yeah and it takes some guts to stand up to them. I once had a lawyer advise me to tell the landlord to go to hell. That's exactly what I did, but it felt strange to do it, even with legal support, because it isn't my default way of behaving.

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Its funny that we feel guilty when we stand up for ourselves. I can assure you that the people who take advantage of people like us, don't feel guilty at all.

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Get a piece of paper and write down each dirtbag that jumps ship and supports Trump - the reputable Republicans have all resigned or were kicked out ( like Cheney)

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I watched. You are correct and he is disgusting,

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Soo-No-No … what a spineless bastard

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DK, good point. Body language is important. The Republicans, perhaps following Fox News, have adopted a derisive posture, signifying that "they know what is really going on"--a vast conspiracy against "real America."

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If this is truly the end of the Republican party, then it is also the end of a two-party democracy. If we have the end of a two-party democracy, then essentially our current form of democracy has run its course. While all of this is playing out and even if Joe Biden wins as we truly believe he will, the dysfunctional, misogynistic republican party is still a mess. Now is the time to put on our thinking caps and create the next more successful form of democracy. This is why I’m a proponent of something called economic democracy, which ensures that everyone has their economics needs met through gainful employment with sufficient purchasing power. When this occurs, there is no motivation for populism to take over the political conversation.

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You will be demonized as a "socialist."

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Victor, I have certainly been called much worse names then being called a socialist. Economic democracy is not socialism, but it is a humane approach that looks after all the needs of the human beings, animals plants, and the planet itself.

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St Francis had himself nearly excommunicated. Eventually, it was the Jesuits, not the Franciscans, who were entrusted with Catholic education, and they have done a good job. Yet it is significant that the current pope named himself after St. Francis. May he prevail!

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Yes, it’s true that the (Republican) party is over, but look at the Dems too! Or just close your eyes and pretend that our taxes are not funding hate, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.

Y’all can pretend that something is wrong with the morals of just one party, but the reality is that our system has been broken and rigged by SCOTUS, and corruption rules the day, and both parties.

We are on a highway to hell, and unless we learn to work together for system change, we are doomed!

Please help us at movetoamend.org, because corporations are not people, and money is not speech.

All power to the people!

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Who stacked SCOTUS with Oath breakers?! Lawrence Abbot : There is no "both sides ism" here! Donald J. TRump bragged about overturning Roe v Wade! They made a law that overturned a Constitutional right for women' access to health care!, based on religious belief! They stripped women of a right they had for almost 50 years! After suffering for millenia!, and fighting for this legislation for hundreds of years!!! And dying!

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Thank you for your unpaid non profit political solicitation. I just love seeing Republicans flock to the banner of campaign finance reform. All three of them.

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Together today in voting solid blue up and down the ballot. Please avoid any statements that might be persuading voters to do anything else.

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I agree with most of what you’ve said. I disagree that a leftist leader could be totalitarian. I think leftism is against totalitarianism.

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Chairman Mao, Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro, and Maduro of Venezuela are all examples of leftist totalitarians. As Angela Z. Strong commented, anyone at either end of the political spectrum can be corrupted by power and control.

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Fascism and authoritarianism exists at both ends of the political spectrum. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Ever hear about the Democratic Mayor of Chicago who sent police forces against peaceful protesters during the 1968 Convention?

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Angela, as a Chicagoan who was there in ‘68, that’s not how it went. Too much to unpack here, but what started as ordinary crowd control exploded, & “King Richard” lost it.

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You mean the Mayor who would raise Da city of Chicaga to higher and higher platitudes?

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Friends, it's the horseshoe. The enemy is extremism in either direction, The center path is the righteous path.

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I like your optimism, but as "leftism"/"leftist" just refers to the side of the chamber they sit in (which is based on party and not political philosphy), it doesn't prevent or innoculate them from authoritarianism or totalitarianism. Additional, political opinions,stances, and systems are as messy and complicated as the people involved in them - and they can hold multiple contradictory ideas at the same time.

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It’s been done before. Its called communism

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Communism is an economic theory, just like capitalism.

The USSR was not communist, it was authoritarian. It was formed by seven trusts organized along lines of resources. like Agriculture, Mining, industry, forestry,and human (KGB). Each had their own bank, with the GoSBank acting as the central or coordinating bank. They cleared accounts by first Barter, then gold, the KGB had the most power because it had the most valuable resource human

The only examples of a true communist enterprise is a co op, but they exist only within a larger economic/political entity.

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I have lived in a communist country. It is way more than you describe.

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I didn't describe a communist country. I simply told how the USSR was organized.

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In the end fascism and communism are the same. They destroy liberty. The trappings ate slightly different but its the same shit.

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Words are not useful when all words end up meaning nothing like what they used to mean, however briefly.

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Agreed. It is so disheartening to witness this potential train wreck occur in real time. I don’t know what “Republicans” envision with another Trump term. I don’t believe they have the capacity to think that far ahead, because their unquenchable thirst for power blinds them to the common good. It is definitely a sickness. The Biden campaign can only hope to paint an accurate enough picture of what living in an authoritarian nation would look like. Really surprised and disappointed at guys like Sununu and John Bolton. Bolton can’t bring himself to vote for democracy either. He said he would vote for a third party candidate. Just as bad.

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TRUE, Kerry Truchero. And even worse, these Democracy destroying tRumpers are actually working for Putin. They are following Putin's Plan to weaken ALL democratic countries globally, starting with the US. This is Putin's long game, in the works for decades, but coming to fruition with getting his puppet tRump elected in 2016 and weakening NATO. Getting us to abandon our friends is a huge success for him. I'd love to believe that those nincompoops in the republican party are not aware of their complicity in helping Putin achieve his goals, but sadly, I can't.

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Learn to speak Russian. Repeat after Trump......

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Spaciba!

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You're welcome! I had to look that up. I resort to humor when things get too crazy.

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I took one semester of Russian in high school. It was too hard to learn a new alphabet, but I can still remember some words phonetically. Like this, for example:

Zdrosstvwee = hi

Hodesho = good

Yes, humor is the best survival tool in my toolbox too

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I think the GOP is over. I hope that America isn't over. I am going to keep making phone calls. I am going to keep trying. So my question is: do you think that the Democratic Party will split between "regulars" and "progressives"? However that ends, if Sununu is anywhere near close with his 51 percent, this country will definitely see genocide again. I picture hungry wolves with bared fangs salivating to help people become "desaparecidos."

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Does anyone think they believe they can actually control what has been let loose?

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Lynn, In violence, and some kind of god, they trust.

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I agree. And this is very sad.

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A naive part of me thinks that if the full ramifications of Trumpism is disclosed, then the disillusioned supporters will see the errors of their thinking, especially knowing how spoiled they (we) are, and then put America back together again (like a computer recovery program). But with so many people screwed up that should already know better - it's magical thinking. The alternative is unthinkable.

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Biden has trashed all principles, values and laws the country never had but long duped the people into believing it did. USA is in a lose-lose going nowhere but down regardless of which of the two morally repugnant choices Americans elect.

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Appoint from La La Land. Both parties disconnected from the intention of our framers at least since 1980. They are completely subservient to the donors. Both parties I say it again. Have you ever read the platform of the Democratic Party? I’m not arguing that the GOP is a better government by any means. My point is, there are not levels of moral bankruptcy and the Democratic Party does not differentiate from the GOP in any statistically significant manner. I know you’re going to bring up abortion but that’s just bullshit. When the argument boils down to “my party supports basic human rights“ lost long ago

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You don’t think tax policy differences are statistically different? If you do, then you need to examine the meaning of bullshit.

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I totally agree with Kerry and Robert. When people cannot discern right from wrong, refuse to do what's right and honest in the face of factual evidence, based on principals of good, respect and decency, and remain in leadership positions, they should ousted. They are the leeches of society that promote corruption, crime and continual evil. The ones that support them are pretty useless too. You won't see them do anything remarkably good for the country either. Apparently they haven't learned anything from all the mistakes from centuries in history, here in our fragile united country and worldwide, as they continue to repeat them. It's definitely an abomination.

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Reading these comments, I get the feeling that these people feel they know how we got here and who is good and who is bad. I would bet most have never heard of Edward Bernay and the Committee on Public Information. I bet they would have a hazy definition of "Madison Ave. or propaganda. They seem to be avid believers in free-will. Putin and Trump read these comments and LOVE IT! The dupes are performing just as expected. There is a cheap little book titled, Freedom & Neurobiology ~John Searle, that would help sober some of these people up. Reading about free-will, and reading about propaganda, has certainly sobered me up. We are not fools, just DUPES. I hate being a dupe!! It makes me very angry with myself. If you are not angry with yourself then you don't get it. Hello Autocracy and the order you crave!

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When will Republican members of Congress put a stop to their extremist cohorts that are pro Russian? These idiots are deranged.

What has the Republican Party done to help the American people? No let’s impeach someone for no reason!

Here’s some of their ideas: American Greed

* Republicans pass bills that increase the wealth of the richest = the most lopsided income equality in history! A budget deficit of more than 30 trillion!

* Their plan to solve this problem-eliminating the entitlements, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, all the programs that help us Average Americans!

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Donald Trump called for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in every single one of his budgets. On the campaign trail, he has repeated his desire to cut benefits for retirees and cut taxes for his billionaire donors.

Joe Biden’s budgets call for the opposite: He will make the super-rich pay what they owe in taxes and EXPAND Social Security and Medicare.

In addition to calling for protecting and expanding Social Security, President Biden’s budget would:

Raise corporate tax rates to reverse the giant 2017 giveaway signed by the previous President, and ensure that billion-dollar corporations are paying their fair share;

Restore full funding to the IRS so they can go after wealthy tax cheats;

Put an end to capital income tax breaks and other breaks (like the carried interest loophole) for the very wealthy, to ensure that income derived from capital isn’t given preferential treatment -- and that finally, the very well-off will start paying something closer to their fair share of taxes.

Deliver very significant tax savings for working families through expansion of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit

Quadruple the tax on corporate stock buybacks from 1% to 4% to slow down this Wall-Street-favoring practice that’s become all too common, and instead encourage corporations to invest in workers and productivity enhancements;

Eliminate unproductive, planet-destroying tax subsidies for oil, gas and fossil development at a time when oil companies are making obscene levels of profit and the catastrophic risks to our shared climate could not be any clearer.

Donald Trump didn’t release a budget this year―he’s too busy running from courtroom to courtroom fighting his felony charges. But his MAGA cronies in the House of Representatives did, and their budget proposal would create a commission designed to slash Social Security and Medicare behind closed doors.

Make no mistake: Social Security is on the ballot this November.

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Remember when Social Security wasn't taxed? Ronald Reagan proposed cutting Social Security for those drawing a pension in an amount equal to that pension. Florida Senator Top O'Neill argued with Reagan that since those workers with a pension had put their own money money into a pension instead of taking pay raises, it was wrong to penalize them for being aware of their futures, as Social Security is first, Insurance. The compromise? Taxing Social Security.

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Greed, they never have enough! and the word applied to Social Security, the word Entitlements, it is sure funny what the GOP like to call entitlements.

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Exactly! It’s OUR MONEY!!!! It’s not a benefit or a handout, certainly not an “entitlement.” It’s money we’ve earned that the government “holds.” I, for one, want it back!!!!

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Indeed, exactly and to coin the phrase, the needs of the many, are the sins of the few=GREED

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It’s all “our money” get a grip. Why don’t somebody propose a quality policy such as remove the On taxation income and apply it as eligibility for receipt. There’s no point in letting Joe Biden collect 4000 bucks a month from Social Security.

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The IRS has a formula for taxing SS if your net income is above a certain level you get taxed a certain percentage.

In 2022 the top tax bracket was 80% in 2023, the top tax bracket for SS is 85%.

If they keep this up in three years it will be 100%, depending on one's total net income.

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Jon, I saved your post. Thank you for providing me with more information and talking points! President Biden works for ALL of us and the comparison to trump is so stark and clear!! I believe most people have the common sense to figure this out and will vote blue in November!

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You're welcome and thanks.

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Thank you for laying it all out again so clearly.

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Thank you too and to all those who care to care, to provide honest civic engagement and I take a bit of solace in knowing there are still more good people than there are bad.

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Thank you too and to all those who care to care, to provide honest civic engagement and I take a bit of solace in knowing there are still more good people than there are bad.

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thanks I may use some of this in an op-ed. need more on their actions demonstrating their collective desire to gut SS and Medicare.

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Thanks, and please do.

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Everything you covered, and it’s a lot, is just the tip of the iceberg of the things that the Republicans are doing to destroy our democracy! Thank you Jon

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If you have a few minutes tomorrow please take a look at my Substack and leave a comment if you care to.

“Keith’s Substack” delivered @ 4am

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It's stunning how far some thirty-plus percent of the country is not okay with DJT's demeanor but will, for the sake of getting a Republican in the White House, overlook all of that. What is on trial is bigger than the election of either party’s leader. If the highest office in the land is held by someone who, in the presence of the media, the public, and other political leaders, behaves as has been the case and then is re-elected for four more years, it sends the wrong message to at least fifty percent of the population that someone in power can stand and rant things that just aren’t true, and if re-elected before the other trials can be held, goes on to dismiss all alleged charges in an abuse of power move, the scruples of the entire country become twisted and may not be able to be untwisted later on. Combine it with the ongoing disparity between the uber-rich, rich in the top 5%, and the destitute poor, working poor, and those who haven’t really seen wages rise for decades, and it seems like it could be a perfect storm approach to nowhere for the entire country. The saying, America love it or leave, depending on who one talks to, with, or at, is becoming blurrier by the decade. Countries where the new right is in power would make good places for those in America who believe that a non-tax-base funded government will work, that trickle-down is good for the masses, that corporations are benevolent, and that the rule of law only applies to those who don’t believe in right-minded politics, are out there; so, why don’t they go find one.

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GOP, the grand old poo party, they stand for nothing! except power, money and control and going out of their way to inflict a whole lot of misery on the many

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Yep, all the words they use are window dressing.

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Indeed, their words are all window dressing, to try and mask the stench that emanates from them.

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Promise us anything, but ask for undying loyalty with SQUAT in return.

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Hang in there. Trickle is on the way!

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Indeed, and so true! no way, no more endless diatribe of trickle-down economics

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They want Kathy Bate's character from " MISERY " as a spokesperson. But she's not a traitor / turncoat / propaganda peddler.

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Yes!

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Greed is A " Christian " virtue to some of Donny's Kids.

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I have a family member that loves Sununu. It's evident most families have at least one member that suffers from some form of a judgment problem. Mr. Sununu has flipped flopped on several of his fundamental positions, leaving me to wonder where the man actually stands on the issues that matter to the people of this country. Sununu's inability to stick to a position make him unworthy of any elected position. The man is just another cog in the political wheel that has begun to point in a new direction, while excluding anyone that views Trump in a negative light. Keep trying, sooner or later they are bound to come up with a member of the party that doesn't drool while speaking. Trump does it whenever a young woman enters the room. Take country people, I really feel Donnie cares deeply for "Hicks."

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These are diversions.

Republicans mean to implement their roadmap, Project 2025. It is a dictatorship.

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- 75% of America is obvious to what a Trump dictatorship will do to them - plus there will be no help for food, gas or rent under Trump

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Maryk--That description hits it right on the head of his "Tally Wacker."

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If euthanasia could be practiced en masse, I'd recreate Dr. Kevorkian's device & ask for RethugliKKKlan volunteeers. Another One Bites the Dust would be playing as they lock the doors ! Hopefully there's a crematorium or wood chipper adjacent. FRESH OUT OF FORGIVENESS, I'm OVERDRAWN. Most Republicans should have a copy of Mein Kampf & a Nazi armband.

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Maybe Sununu (so-no-no) is one of the ones on the list for VP and, like Stefanik and others, will do or say anything not to appear "disloyal." Loyalty to criminals, corruption, crime, treason, deceit, con-games, fraud.....

Yeah, elect that.

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Yeah - he’s on the titanic

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Or the Exxon Valdez.

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Annie--I don't think Sununu ever said "no" to anything. Just an agreeable guy.

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Sununu is from a small state with few residents and so is not a good candidate for Vice President. There is the Cabinet though - Education maybe ?

I really thought he was better than what he said on TV which was really shattering for his image.

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I'd rather go into Cryonic Suspension, even if it's hit or miss.

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JABBA THE TRUMP, The human herpes sore, cares for NO ONE SAVE HIMSELF. He looks down on his supporters, wealthy or working class. He derides the gullible Evangelicals who think that he's the GOP " Messiah ".

My cousin's husband supported Fathead # 45. Now he regrets doing so. My cousin herself would bow to Satan & kiss his keister if he claimed that he was a Rethuglican & faked being a " Christofascist ", since Satan can quote scripture, although Donald Dumpster - fire can pull something out of his ass to satisfy his pin - headed mouth - breathers. who marry their siblings.

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Daniel--I take it you didn't vote for the orange guy. I heard a baby Orangutan was recently born in Bush Gardens, near Tampa; Trump must be so proud.

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They should do a paternity test on the orangutan ! DJT will f--k anything, even though he prefers them as underage girls.

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Or the occasional porn actress.

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I watched a special on Trump the other day, Hitler copied everything the man endeavored to accomplish.

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Yes, and we should be mindful that there is a vast fascist reservoir in good old USA.

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The Pinocchio man.

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I have always maintained that the History books will have a field day telling our future generations what an ass Trump was. If that man gets back into our White House there won't be a history worth writing about that holds the truth concerning anything. The "Pinocchio Man" only wished another part of his obese anatomy would suffer a drastic change upon lying. Dream on Donnie Boy.

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He's in good company : Munchausen, among others. MAYBE Walter Mitty.

& the ( failed ) Antichrist.

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Daniel--The company he may find himself in, is in no way good. LOL

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He only likes or loves one person, DJT. No one else. His only close friend can be found in a video monitor, photograph OR that Godawful statue of him that looked like a damn gaudy / garish bowling trophy on steroids.

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Social Security is not an “entitlement”! It is YOUR money, earned by you, since you began working using your Social Security number. As for me, I’ve been paying into that system since I was 15 years old! If the Republicans take it away, they are STEALING MY/YOUR MONEY. YOUR money! This should enrage every American.

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I agree with you, but the SCOTUS does not. In 1960, the Supreme Court ruled in Fleming v. Nestor that workers have no legally binding contractual rights to Social Security. Congress can change the rules for Social Security benefits as long as they follow due process. It is our job via the political system to make sure that they don't take our benefits away!

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It isn't your money.All you have to do is Google Ida May Fuller.The first recipient of a social security cheque.She paid in ~ $23 in social security taxes.Lived until the age of 100 and thus collected around $23,000 in payments as the social security payments increased over the years.

It is a Ponzi scheme,the Ponzi scheme is over.There aren't enough young people to pay for the old people. They have been telling you that since around 1980. The problem is worldwide with falling birth rates. I think 401K was passed in 1979.Contribute and the money is invested in stock markets,bonds,property etc. The companies that will supply an income for them in retirement,are the companies they want to close down

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"It is a Ponzi scheme". Baloney! Benefits can always be paid no matter what. Raise taxes, borrow, or if absolutely necessary, print money. Mr. Reich has written in previous columns how fix the system to fund Social Security for many, many more years. Make the rich pay more into Social Security!

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Never.

Today's post tells us even the smartest among them will support a DICTATORSHIP. Will this be America's last real election?

Will we hear Liz Cheney decry the Republican roadmap, Project 2025?

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there MIGHT BE a nice place in Dante's Inferno waiting for the GOP, but Satan's afraid they'll ruin Hell's image, PR problems, the usual.

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My God we have a legitimate since Reagan. Jesus Christ new people. We were a fucked up shit hole long before Donald Trump ever came along. Get a grip

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Keith, I have determined that republicans care very little about American citizenry. Their objective is to give to the rich and to get out of the debt that creates rather than take from the rich, they take from us!! Their thinking is that we don't amount to anything.

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Peggy, there’s a word for that: SELFISH.

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I wholeheartedly agree, Jan!! Their selfishness is hurting America!

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Keith, what do you mean? “When will Republican members…?” THEY WON’T!!

They need to be replaced with people who will. Can that happen? Idk.

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That is what they have always done. The only thing that is new is the love of russia.

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They won't because they're all extremists. The only difference between one and another is how much any individual one of them cares about optics.

The only difference between liz Cheney and Marjorie Taylor Greene is that Greene is honest about what she is. That's literally it.

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