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Saturday, May 8, 2021

It's the Republican Party vs the United States and Democracy

What I've thought and said for some time. It's either the Republican Party or our United States of America, no overstatement. Understand, Americans, the Republicans and their political party are attacking our vote, our votes, our elections and our democracy. Doanld Trump, his followers and Mitch McConnell and their political party cannot win.

Americans Need to Know and Understand and Fight What the Republicans Are Doing

From Heather Cox Richardson, once more. No one evaluates what's going on politically in America currently any better and informs, instructs us all.
Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo articulated today what many have been reluctant to say: What is at stake in the Big Lie and all the Republican efforts to keep it in play—the shenanigans in the secret Maricopa County, Arizona, recount; the censuring of Republicans who voted to impeach the former president; the expected removal of Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from a leadership role in the party; and so on—is not the past election of 2020, but the upcoming election of 2024.
The Republican Party has demonstrated that it intends to control the government in the future, no matter what most Americans want. Iowa, Georgia, Montana, and Florida have already passed voter suppression laws, while other states are considering them. (Governor Ron DeSantis signed Florida’s bill yesterday live on the Fox News Channel.)
As Marshall points out, though, making sure that states return only Republicans to Congress is also about controlling the White House. Republican lawmakers are purging from state election machinery members of their own party who refused to change the outcome of the 2020 election and give a victory to Trump. The former president has fed speculation that he still hopes to overturn the 2020 election, but Marshall looks forward: Is it really possible to think that in 2024, members of the new Trump party will protect the sanctity of any election that gives a victory to a Democratic candidate? If Republicans capture the House in 2022, will they agree to certify electoral votes for a Democrat? In 2020, even before the current remaking of the party in Trump’s image, 139 House Republicans contested them.
Trump is systematically going after leading members of the Republican Party, determined to remake it into his own organization. Several former senior White House officials told Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post that “[t]he defeated ex-president is propelled primarily by a thirst for retribution, an insatiable quest for the spotlight and a desire to establish and maintain total dominance and control over the Republican base.” Republican strategist Brendan Buck noted that Trump seems to relish fighting, rather than victory to achieve an end. “Usually,” Buck said, “a fight is the means to an end, but in this case fighting is the end.”
The Republicans are consolidating their control over the machinery of government in a way that indicates they intend to control the country regardless of what Americans actually want, putting Trump and his organization back in charge. Democrats have proposed the For the People Act (H.R. 1 and S. 1), which would start to restore a level playing field between the parties. The For the People Act would sideline the new voter suppression bills and make it easier to vote. It would end partisan gerrymandering and stop the flow of big money into elections permitted after the 2010 Citizens United decision.
But Republicans are determined to stop this measure. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is especially engaged in its obstruction. He has called it a “partisan takeover” that would “give Washington Democrats unprecedented control over 50 states’ election laws.” He recognizes that restoring a level electoral playing field would hamstring the Republicans’ ability to win elections. Defeating the act is McConnell’s top priority.
The story of how Republican leaders embraced voter suppression and gerrymandering starts back in the 1980s, though the mechanics of overturning a presidential election are new to 2020. Still, their undermining of our democratic system begs the question: Why are leading Republicans surrendering their party, and our nation, to a budding autocrat?
Two days ago, when asked if he is concerned about the direction of his party, McConnell told reporters that he is not paying attention to it because the Democrats are trying “to turn American into a socialist country,” and that “[o]ne-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration.”

Still Wild About Harry

Wishing a posthumous very happy birthday today to Missouri's own Harry S Truman, born this day, May 8, 1884 and thank goodness.
One of his many great and so true quotes: He had these people down all that long ago. If anything, they've only gotten worse. “Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” ― Harry S. Truman

Friday, May 7, 2021

America, Your Vote and Voting Rights Are Being Devoured

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. America, the Republicans and their Republican Party know they're so deeply umpopular with Americans across the nation, they have to make it tougher to the point of impossible for us, fellow taxpaying American citizens to vote.
This cannot stand. We cannot allow this. It's un-American and un-democratic. We must stop it, all of it, state to state across the nation. Vote them all out. Push to have Congress end the filibuster and pass the For the People Act so NO POLITICAL PARtY can gerrymander voting districts any longer. Please contact your Senators.Let's do this.

Quote of the Day -- Historically Poignant Edition

Apply this to today.
"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." ---John Adams, Federalist Papers, 1776

Thursday, May 6, 2021

No More Racist City in the US Than Kansas City, Missouri

Lonnie McFadden asks an excellent very legitimate question on the PBS program, "Bird: Not Out of Nowhere."
Who had more to do with Kansas City-- Bird, Charlie Parker or Winston Churchill? But who has a statue on the Plaza? A city divided. Literally divided. Badly, badly divided. We need to fix that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Today's Republican Party

Robert Reich rightly calls out the Republicans for who and what they are and work for. I love who he put on the opening screen, don't you?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Entertainment Overnight -- Birthday Edition

First birthday up today, wishing a very happy, if posthumous, birthday today to one Audrey Kathleen Ruston, Audrey Hepburn, born this day, May 4, 1919. Second, a happy birthday to Walter Maynard Ferguson, born May 4, 1928. Then there's Richard Anthony Monsour, known professionally as Dick Dale, born May 4, 1937. Next up, a happy birthday to Tyrone D. Fettson or Tyrone D. Branch, professionally known as Tyrone Davis, born this day, May 4, 1938. On to Robert Alan Deal, born either May 4, 1951 or April 4, 1955, known professionally as Mick Mars,co-founder of Motley Crue. And a very happy birthday to Randy Bruce Traywick, known professionally as Randy Travis, born this day, May 4, 1959. Finally today, happy birthday to Lance Bass of NSync, born this day, May 4, 1979.

The Republican Party/USA/Democracy Dilemma

People are fleeing the Republican Party. Democrats are as popular as they've been in a decade.
Republicans feel they have to create lies, literally, in order to have bad things on President Biden, his administration and Democrats. Two lies they spread recently were that President Biden was going to take away meat from Americans--seriously--and then that Vice President Harris' book was being handed out to immigrants at our Southern border. Now Republicans are famously and infamously having to do widespread, state to state, blatant vote suppression in order to either get or stay in government office. Very, very un-American and un-Democratic. Has the time finally, finally come that the party really will either transform itself, themselves or just collapse?

Monday, May 3, 2021

Overnight Entertainment -- Birthday edition

A lot of crooners born today. First up, the unequaled Pete Seeger, botn this day, May 3,1919. Next up, the King of Soul, the one, the only James Brown, born this day, May 3, 1933. Next is Frankie Valli, born this day, May 3, 1934. On to Mary Hopkin, born this day, May 3, 1950, because those were the days. On to Christopher Cross, born this day, May 3, 1951. Finally today, our last crooner born this day, May 3, 1977, Eric Church. Happy birthday to these and all. Including one Greg Camp.

Quote of the Day -- Surprising Source Edition

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” ― Karl Marx

Missouri's Senator Josh Hawley Getting Real Coverage

Yes, Missouri's Senator Josh Hawley is getting coverage on media and social media---but it's not positive. It's fair but it's not in his favor. Here's one good example. Vote him out, Missouri. Let's get this known treasonous, traitorous, self-serving seditionist and insurrectionist out of office soon as possible.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Missourians! Did You See Where Your Senator Voted Against a Hate Crimes Law?

Yes, fellow Missourians, did you see where, last week, our own Senator Josh Hawley was the ONLY SENATOR to vote against a hate crimes law? At a time when Asian Americans are being accosted and assaulted more and more lately, he actually voted AGAINST a bill that would work against these racist hate crimes.
The man is unreal. Nearly unbelievable. God help us. #VoteHimOut

Republicans' Right to Carry

Republicans across the country in different states are pushing for more "right to carry" laws so virtually any of us can have a gun, a weapon on us anywhere, everywhere, at any given place or time in our cities and on our streets. This is what that gets us.

The Republican Party Rebuttal to President Biden's Speech This Week

The Republican Party's response to President Biden's speech to Congress this week was given by Senator Tim Scott of South Carolins. He is Black, in case anyone doesn't know that and he said America isn't racist.Really, Senator Scott?
--Black Americans are far more likely to be stopped by police than white Americans, --far more likely to be arrested than white Americans, --more likely to be charged than white Americans, -- more than 3 times more likely to be killed by police than white Americans, --more likely to be found guilty than white Americans, --more likely to be sentenced to jail or prison than white Americans, --once sentenced, they get dependably longer sentences--for the same crimes--as white Americans. But not racist, you say?

Quote of the Day -- Sunday Edition

“Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural and spiritual; and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
If there is any religion that would cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism." --Albert Einstein

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Big Money in Elections, Politics and Government

Americans need to know we can change this. I think we all know we should, that it's not good.
Americans need to learn how we can change this.

Make DC a State

Yes, America. It's time. Time to make Washington, DC a state. No more taxation without representation.
DC pays more in federal taxes than: Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Utah, Nevada, Delaware, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Idaho, Mississippi, New Mexico, Hawaii, Maine, South Dakota, West Virginia, North Dakota, Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont. But DC residents have 0 say in how that money is spent.

Happy May Day

That we never forget.
On May 1, 1886, Lucy Parsons helped launch the world’s first May Day and the demand for the eight-hour work day. Along with her husband, anarchist and activist Albert Parsons, and their two children, they led 80,000 working people down the Chicago streets, while more than 100,000 marched in other U.S. cities. A new international holiday was born. Parsons went on to help found the Industrial Workers of the World, continued to give speeches, and worked tirelessly for equality throughout the rest of her life until her death in 1942. Read more about Lucy Parsons in this profile by William Loren Katz at the Zinn Education Project website: http://bit.ly/1cSoMvm and at the Lucy Parsons Center website: http://bit.ly/1fTZ3Tb Here are free role plays and writing activities on labor history from the book The Power In Our Hands (download for free on the Zinn Education Projectwebsite): http://bit.ly/RU5oFp Learn about the history of May Day and the Haymarket affair from an interview with James Green on Democracy Now!: http://bit.ly/1ububmN

Friday, April 30, 2021

KCPT and "Week In Review", Covering That White Person's Point of View

Yes sir and ma'am, Kansas City. If you're a contributor to KCPT, rest assured, Kansas City Public Television will cover the white person's point of view. And they'll do so with more white males than anyone else.
This week's version had, yes, two white men, one white woman--very blonde--and thank God for Eric Wesson, showing up week after week.They'll ask for money from everyone--including the local Hispanic community--but have a Hispanic, Latinx person on the show? Fuggedaboudit. I say again, in the year that the Kansas City Star so publicly apologized for covering only the white person's point of view over the years, KCPT keeps giving more of same old, same old. Stunning. Really stunning. And know this. I wouldn't write these things, time and again, if I thought what KCPT and PBS did and stood for was unimportant.

What We Need In Washington

Two things, immediately, we especially need in and from Washington, besides the American Jobs Plan. The two things we need: First we must end the fillibuster at long last so minorities in Congress can't and don't block what most of the nation needs and wants. Second, we must follow that by passing the For the People Act. It would end any political party's ability to gerrymander voting districts for their own benefit, ends dark money in our elections and increases, adds ethics rules to our government. This is good for all and important for the nation. We must. Please sontact your Senators and tell them to vote for SR1 in the Senate. Thanks, in advance.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Entertainment Overnight -- Birthday Edition

Happy birthday today to Thomas Gregory Jackson, aka Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells, of course, born this day, April 29 1947.

President Biden and Trickle Down Economics

A lot of people, myself included, weren't sure how far Joe Biden as President would go with Progressive ideas. Last night gave great hope. We saw the disaster trickle down economics was in Kansas. We knew better.

What the Democrats Must Do

Yes, what, exactly, the Democrats must do, at long last, to break the logjam that is the Republican Party in Congress currently. Then, once that's ended, we must pass the For the People Act so we end gerrymandering, get the dark money out of our elections and put ethics back in government. We must.

The Republican Party Response

The Republican Party's response to anything President Biden and/or the Democrats present. #VoteThemAllOut

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Question for America Tonight

After this speech tonight from President Biden to Congress, could we now, at long last, be done with the Right Wing & Republican Party idea that he can't speak in public and/or, worse, that he has dementia?
Finally? At long last?

The Very Real Dangers of the Republicans' Vote Suppression

I don't think enough Americans realize what Republicans are doing and trying to do to our vote and votes, to our elections. That they even tried in Georgia to disenfranchise fellow citizens is horrible enough. That it has now expanded to 46 more states threatens our Democracy, no overstatement. Fortunately, people like Stacey Abrams, from Georgia are doing their best to get the word out across the nation. So what can we do? Glad you asked. Please support the For the People Act Contact your/our Senators today. Tell them to vote for and support it. Thanks in advance.Let's do this. We must.

Quote of the Day -- On Insurrection and January 6

"If we minimize what happened on Jan. 6th and if we appease it, then we will be in a situation where every election cycle, you could potentially have another constitutional crisis, If you get into a situation where we don't guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, we won't have learned the lessons of Jan. 6." --Liz Cheney, Republican, Arizona

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

GOP Finds Ways to be Worse

It's not bad enough the Republicans tried to deny our entire presidential election---and some still are. It wasn't bad enough they then began attempts at vote suppression in Georgia and then took it to 47 other states. No, all that wasn't bad enough. Now they want to punish Americans for our First Amendment right of Free Speech, too. As always, click on picture for larger picture, easier reading.
We have got to, got to vote them out. We've got to vote them all out.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Entertainment Overnight -- Birthday Edition

Happy birthday to our one and only Ella Jane Fitzgerald! Botn this day, April 25, 1917! Shown here with Kansas City's own Duke Ellington. Thanks for all that great, great music, Lady Ella!