Tags: democracy

Joe Hill

Dept. of Resistance

Which Side Are You On?

Most of the world celebrates Labor Day in May. In North America, it's the first Monday in September. So here we are.

This year, a year in which we can't pretend we aren't a country split between compassion and cruelty, between ignorance and understanding, between equity and oppression, between progress and regression - between caring for each other and letting capitalism crush us - in this year, we need to fight.

I don't speak from a position of moral or ethical strength. I run from the fight more than I stand with those who struggle. But I know the struggle is crucial.

It can be supporting strike funds, or getting out the vote through phone banks, or showing up at school board meetings to stand against racist snowflakes, or putting money into getting women to abortion clinics when their state has tried to control their bodies. 

It's all those things and more. So ask yourself. Which side are you on?

Here are some links to people, organizations and ways you can help. It is by no means complete. If you've got some other links, let me know, and I'll add them.
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Bleach Set the World on Fire

Dept. of We're Not There Yet

Two Hundred Forty Five Years

We here in the U.S. often tend to think that's a fairly long time for a country to endure.

It isn't. 

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Vizard

Dept of Unmatched Stuff on the Same Shelf

You Know What's Good About the Impeachment Trial?

At least for me?


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Dept. of Political History

The Second Impeachment Trial Begins

I am both a political junkie and, I hope, a true believer in democracy and in the United States of America. In both senses, I think the second impeachment trial of Donald John Trump is a necessary  event. And so here I am, in front of the television, watching history unfold. 

Since I last tried live-tweeting a news event when I was a working reporter, my live-tweeting abilities are rusty. I won't therefore say more at this point. But I expect I'll have more to say later. Possibly a lot more.
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Hurrah!

Dept. of Woo-Hoo!!

 So ...

... is it bad day-drinking to start celebratory mimosas at, say, 10:30 a.m., Central Time, on Wednesday? Asking for, uh, me.  #BidenHarrisInauguration #Aboutdamnedtime #Howmanyhoursleft #yo45dontletthedoorhityouonthewayout. 
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Jeweled Maia

Dept. of Placeholders

Still Here

So an insurrection happened. And may still be happening. We'll see how the next 5-6 days play out.  I'm still dealing with a lot of poisonous anger, which doesn't seem apt to go away any time soon, especially with the increasing evidence of help for the traitors outside from inside the halls of Congress. Perhaps I can talk about it later. Right now, no, except to say I'm counting down the days to Jan. 21. Perhaps I can take a breath then.

A woman I like, respect, and care about, 
[personal profile] ljgeoff , had a birthday on the 14th. She is most estimable, most formidable, a woman of will, and nearly infinite love. Oh, and she writes beautiful fiction even as she works and cares for those around her. Would that more humans were like her. 

I am coming off of *thinks* 11 days of back pain, a lot of which was spent on my back. That kind of pain makes it very hard to focus on posting or writing. Instead, I've watched a lot of Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert show clips during the times I could sit up at my desk. I truly hope I can be more productive soon but I'm having a different stress reaction now in my mouth, about which the less said, the less gross this sentence will end up. 

But I'm here. I'll get back to reading posts and responding. Take care, love each other, be safe, and hope like hell we get to Jan. 21,
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Vizard

Dept. of Anger and Horror

Tear Gas in the Houses of Congress

Congress is in lockdown. Senate told to evacuate. Trumpistas outside, cheering on their buddies storming Congress. Jesus Fucking Christ. 

Have mercy. 
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Hurrah!

Dept. of Thank God

 Joe Biden Has Won. 


Yes, we still have to win the two senate seats in Georgia. 
Yes, we have to gut McConnell's power by those wins.
Yes, more than 70 million people voted for racism and misogyny. 
Yes, we need to push Biden further to the left. 
Yes, we need to shove Pelosi left with him.

But Joe Biden has won. 
He won with 74 million-plus people.

We have won. 
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Vizard

Dept. of Democrazy

Takeaways From the Shitshow

1) Chris Wallace has the right to drink heavily after last night. Possibly for days. On the other hand, ,perhaps this is karma for being a putative journalist for Fox.  The rest of us, on the other hand, can drink without any guilt. 

2) Biden did damned well, considering he was trying to deal with Trump. 

3) To everyone who says "well, both sides were awful" ... I can only quote the Democratic candidate when I say will you shut up, man?

4) Speaking of that, here, have this. The link leads to an amusing parody song. It's not brilliant, but it is good, given the short amount of time she had to write it, and besides, we need as much amusement as we can get these days.

5) In re: the "both sides" thing, seriously, don't. Just don't. Both sides weren't awful. Trump was awful. Biden was truthful. The current White House resident is indeed a clown, a liar, and a racist. Trump lied when he moved his lips.  He was also racist when he moved his lips. In the flood of amazement that he refused to repudiate the Proud Boys, his calling COVID-19 "The China Plague" was almost an afterthought. 

6) Nonetheless, there are people who will continue to vote for him, as witness this (there's an even better piece elsewhere in the Guardian, but I can't find it). And they are, as far as I'm concerned, The Lost. We can't reach them. I've known for awhile now that Trump's cultists are not just working class - a lot of people have been shouting this to the rafters, as this writer notes. The one thing I think she gets partly wrong is the easy assumption that analysts, talking heads, etc. have been completely taken in with what she calls the cartoonish stereotypes. Some of the folks who have been shouting this to the rafters are amongst those analysts, talking heads, etc.  So yes. The Lost.

ETA: I apologize; the Guardian didn't have another story. Instead, one of their editors, in speaking of the story to which I linked, above, talked about things she heard from Lois Beckett, the writer who attended the Trump watch party, things the writer didn't put in the story (or that were edited out for space.) That's a shame. I include what editor Noa Yachot said in her morning brief: 

So how did the president’s supporters think he did?

Lois Beckett, senior reporter for Guardian US, watched the debate with a group of them to get their take. At a bar called Glory Days in Seal Beach, near Los Angeles, roughly 100 voters decked out in Trump 2020 gear – but no masks – cheered for their president between bites of burgers. Most thought Trump gave a strong performance that showed off his leadership, despite what they felt was a biased moderator, whose network, Fox News, has moved too far to the left.

Our conversation about her night kept coming back to the audience’s view of the racial justice conversation taking place in America. One couple told Lois they think white people face discrimination, that their daughter didn’t get into college because she is white. Another woman called out when Biden defended racial sensitivity training: “What about our feelings? Who is being sensitive to us?”

“It is quite explicit that whiteness is part of what Trump is appealing to,” Lois says. Given his command of his supporters’ racial grievances, it is perhaps not surprising that they minimized what much of the country viewed as the most shocking part of the night: when, instead of denouncing a fringe white supremacist group, Trump instead seemed to offer the Proud Boys a tacit endorsement.

Lois heard multiple people repeat conspiracy theories around the protests of the last few months, viewing them as part of an inauthentic, coordinated campaign by shadowy interests rather than a spontaneous uprising in response to racial injustice. And given the vulnerability of so many Americans to conspiratorial thinking, she worries that journalists aren’t doing enough to challenge it.

“The approach the American media has had in dealing with the degree of conspiracies and misinformation hasn’t worked and we really need to take a different approach.” She calls on her fellow reporters to be careful not to legitimize the Proud Boys in their reporting on last night’s debate, and to describe their views accurately and unequivocally: as racist, Islamophobic, and with deep connections to white supremacist organizing.
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