2020 election and change of direction 

Collective selective amnesia

What Will It Take?

So, you voted for Trump.

You cheered his rhetoric of hate and phobias.  

You proudly wore your “Fuck Your Feelings” tshirts to his rallies.”


Democrats’ real problem: Mitch McConnell Even if the Democrats win the Senate, the filibuster stands in the way of their big plans. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/31/20749602/jay-inslee-mitch-mcconnell-senate-filibuster

A Trump campaign consultant is reportedly making fake websites for Democratic candidates — and it’s working https://www.businessinsider.com/patrick-mauldin-trump-consultant-fake-biden-website-2019-6?fbclid=IwAR0Vo-zoBvrG757GMxar_UR8egHaYN2zKMT8ZK-Gf9Z3cupTXekh2DDdHwQ

Jay Inslee points to Democrats’ real problem: Mitch McConnell Even if the Democrats win the Senate, the filibuster stands in the way of their big plans. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/7/31/20749602/jay-inslee-mitch-mcconnell-senate-filibuster

CREW Sues Six Agencies for Trump Transition Documents – CREW

However, the agencies have failed to turn over responsive documents, leaving the public largely in the dark about whether the administration will be fully prepared to shepherd our government into a second Trump term or to transfer power to his successor. 

Donald Trump calls Electoral College “a disaster” in 2012 tweetstorm http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-calls-electoral-college-a-disaster-during-2012-tweetstorm/

People need to understand what a social democracy actually is. Instead of a few at the top taking all of the profits, social democracy requires much of it to be reinvested in one form or another for the benefit of all (e.g. expansion and more jobs; taxes to pay for universal health, education, infrastructure; higher wages so that small businesses can have a client base, etc.) Here’s an economics professor explaining how unregulated capitalism is rigged for those at the top at the expense of everyone else: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1094571200877173&id=341499859517648

Sorry- any Dem not committed to expanding Supreme Court to undercut the right wing majority is complicit with the vote suppression, racism and union busting spewing from this GOP-controlled partisan institution.

How to dump Trump: Rick Wilson on Running Against the Devil

Bill Barr Must Resign

Trump grants clemency to 11 convicts, including former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich — CBS News

Security contractor close to Trump team recruits ex–spies to help infiltrate liberal groups — The New York Times

SCHIFF SPEACH https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4851808/lead-house-manager-adam-schiff-wraps-closing-arguments-impeachment-trial


America’s Goodly Veneer Was a Lie If the country awakes from its nightmare, the knowledge Americans will have gleaned from these years is harrowing.

This is the point. These are not victims crazed by “polarization” or “partisanship” or “gridlock” but cool-headed political actors who see the chance to win long-sought goals—dictatorial power in the White House, partisan control of the federal bench, an end to legal abortion and the re-subordination of women, destruction of the government’s regulatory apparatus, an end to voting rights that might threaten minority-party control, a return to pre-civil-rights racial norms. The historical moment finds them on a mountaintop; all the kingdoms they have sought are laid out before them, and a voice says, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/10/americas-goodly-veneer-was-lie/601105/?utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3socUzqr-L6yLYZ-pbjkK8wvR90-ju2qjZ-33osIEpwQMqnYoAsGXtnBY

WHAT THE LEFT MUST FIGHT AGAINST Tucker Carlson’s new book is dangerous because it puts accurate economic observations alongside outright white nationalism…https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/11/what-the-left-must-fight-against

America is still waiting for a true populist https://www.ft.com/content/99048c50-3cf8-11ea-b232-000f4477fbca

This new Biden ad is outstanding. And horrifying. Bob Cesca on Twitter

Donald Trump’s Long History Of Racism Laid Bare In New Ad From the racist “birther” conspiracy theory about Barack Obama to his attacks on the Central Park Five. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-racism-progressive-pac-ad_n_5f2e4e7bc5b64d7a55f3c364

The Lincoln Project


This is only half true. You can listen to the leaked audio & know that Trump knows just a small % of Black voters staying home can help secure victory. 

It’s why Russian disinformation & don’t vote campaigns target us. It’s why They seem to be coordinating w Kanye. Pay attention

“Folks: the RNC isn’t using Black speakers to engage Black voters. They’re using Black speakers to engage white people who want to vote Trump and not feel racist.”

brittany packnett cunningham does not do remixes. on Twitter

What We Still Don’t Know About Trump https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/08/28/the-three-faces-of-donald-trump-404003?cid=apn

Tyrant, buffoon or a real voice for forgotten Americans? Five years after his escalator ride—and after two 2020 conventions—there’s still no consensus. That’s a problem for the party trying to take him down.

US election 2020: Intelligence chief ends face-to-face security meetings https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53962656 The top US intelligence office is to stop face-to-face briefings for lawmakers on election security and foreign interference, citing concerns about leaks of sensitive information.

It will issue written reports instead.

Democrats reacted angrily, accusing the office of abdicating its responsibility to keep Congress informed.

They have accused the Trump administration of downplaying threats to US elections from Russia and other countries… the public had the right to know how foreign powers were trying to subvert American democracy.

In practice the move means Congress will have less opportunity to question officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).

Analysis | The Senate’s big Russia report: What we learned, and what it means 

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released its fifth and final report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the notably bipartisan report raises plenty of new questions about that effort’s links to the Trump campaign. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/08/18/senates-big-russia-report-what-we-learned-what-it-means/

Sleepy Joe or Incoherent Trump? Trump’s ‘Completely Berserk’ Hannity Interview Gets The Treatment On Twitter https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-hannity-windmills-mailin-ballots_n_5f33762cc5b64cc99fdfc95d?ncid=APPLENEWS00001

Trump launched a 20-minute stream-of-consciousness attack on windmills, the Pulitzer Prize, his impeachment over a “perfect” phone call, former campaign rival Hillary Clinton and more. The president also claimed ― without evidence ― that the election will be “rigged” due to increased use of mail-in ballots.  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-hannity-windmills-mailin-ballots_n_5f33762cc5b64cc99fdfc95d?ncid=APPLENEWS00001

Senate panel told Justice Dept. of suspicions over Trump family members’ Russia testimony The Republican and Democratic chairmen of the Senate Intelligence Committee notified federal prosecutors last year of their suspicion that several individuals, including President Trump’s family members and confidants, might have presented misleading testimony in the panel’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, people familiar with the matter said.

The list of individuals included the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose accounts of their pre-election meeting with a Russian lawyer were contradicted by the president’s former deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates in interviews that were part of the criminal investigation led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, these people said. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss what remains a highly politicized and sensitive matter. 

But the intelligence committee, one person said, reserved its harshest allegations for the president’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, former campaign co-chair Sam Clovis and private security contractor Erik Prince, saying it had reason to believe all three had lied to congressional investigators — a potential felony.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/senate-intelligence-committee-donald-trump-jr-jared-kushner-stephen-bannon-erik-prince/2020/08/15/a7905a84-def5-11ea-b205-ff838e15a9a6_story.html

Joe Biden pledges to be a president who seeks unity in victory speech

How to Protect America From the Next Donald Trump

The Constitution is supposed to protect us from demagogues. Can we make it work again? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/09/opinion/how-to-protect-america-from-the-next-donald-trump.html?referringSource=articleShare&fbclid=IwAR3mCULWSUE_lPPYlbnYS8Tn0bJ7TLoxtYsnD3AzcA3CWS7nB8yaYvuNAg8

Opinion | Trump doesn’t care about Puerto Rico. He cares about the Latino vote in Florida.

Opinion | Confronting the Damage of Trumpism

“Two important books of cultural history are worth a renewed reading as explorations of the late-20th- and early-21st-century roots of Trumpism. Together, they show how Trumpism was a symptom, rather than the creator, of grievance politics and our rigid polarization. He hardly invented the racism he employed, but he had honed it well in his plutocratic and hyper-entitled world.

In “The One and the Many: America’s Struggle for the Common Good,” the theologian-historian Martin E. Marty posited that the motto “E pluribus unum” had collapsed into “almost shattering controversy.”

The tribalists, who might assert race, gender, ethnicity or religion, demanded their story as the source of group cohesion against claims of any unifying whole. Professor Marty saw Americans retreating into “separatenesses” by choice, and he worried, with Reinhold Niebuhr, that “the chief source of man’s inhumanity to man seems to be the tribal limits of his sense of obligation to the other man.”

In “Age of Fracture,” the historian Daniel T. Rodgers brilliantly studied the big ideas and debates in political culture over the past three decades of the 20th century down to the attacks on Sept. 11. Mr. Rodgers found a culture in which the very notion of “human nature” had changed from the post-World War II moment of stress on “context, social circumstance, institutions, and history” to a ’90s emphasis on “choice, agency, performance, and desire.”

Baby boomers, on the left and right, now ran the country, but they inherited a politics shaped by Reaganism, which thrilled to “city on a hill” mythology, but sought votes by stoking resentments and hatreds born of vast changes wrought by the 1960s. Ronald Reagan largely avoided explicitness, but his legion of followers believed civil rights, feminism and various liberation movements had gone too far. The sense of society as “imagined collectivities” shrank, Mr. Rodgers said. Americans were splintering into increasingly divided enclaves of thought. “The last quarter of the century,” he wrote, “was an era of disaggregation, a great age of fracture.” The country may have unified in the immediate wake of Sept. 11, but soon broke into political camps already formed and growing in tenacity.

Mr. Trump’s presidency is the result of a long history of the Republican Party’s descent into moral bankruptcy, but also of a culture of social media-driven alienation involving all of us. The presidency of Barack Obama was startling progress, but the bitter reaction to him on the right came from well-cultivated precincts of media, think tanks, racial nationalism and corporate organizing.”

Democracy isn’t on the GOP’s side. Why should they pretend to care about it? “Yes, the U.S. political and judicial systems were designed to protect the minority from the majority — but not to entrench minority rule across the country. One of the reasons I was keen to become a citizen is because the United States is supposed to be based not on a race or a culture but on an idea: of popular sovereignty; of government of, by and for the people; of democracy. That was reflected in my naturalization interview, as I discussed on my show the next day, which involved a test of my knowledge of “civics,” of U.S. history and government. https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/democracy-isn-t-gop-s-side-why-should-they-pretend-n1243423?icid=msd_topgrid

CNN’s Jake Tapper thanks Trump for ‘exposing’ Republicans who supported Texas’ ‘undemocratic, un-American, mendacious joke of a lawsuit’ https://www.businessinsider.com/cnn-jake-tapper-thanks-trump-exposing-republicans-texas-lawsuit-video-2020-12

Example of presidential concession by George H Bush https://www.tiktok.com/@nowthispolitics/video/6891825872332950790

We Waited in Vain for a Repudiation That Never Came Trump may well end up losing to Biden, but Trumpism remains a viable political strategy. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/05/opinion/trump-election-trumpism.html “And what is Trumpism? It is a performance of nationalism, one that triangulates between open chauvinism in favor of the dominant ethnic group and narrow appeals to inclusion, with the promise of material gain for anyone who joins his coalition. It is a performance, on the same score, of success, projecting an image of wealth and power and urging the public to embrace it as its own — a version of “The Apprentice” in which the contestants are the American people. It is also the performance of an aggressive and aggrieved masculinity centered on the bullying and domination of others.Even without policy to match the populist persona — the Trump administration has been as generous to the wealthy and connected as it has been stingy with the poor and the working class — Trumpism appeals to tens of millions of voters, from the large majority of white Americans to many people in traditionally Democratic constituencies.”

Virginia was called for Biden early despite Trump leading. Here’s why.

USPS data shows thousands of mailed ballots missed Election Day deadlines

What Liberals Don’t Understand About Pro-Trump Latinos

Kamala Harris and the ‘Double Bind’ of Racism and Sexism

Did Biden win by a little or a lot? The answer is … yes.