Monthly Archives: February 2022
Well, CPAC is in the middle of its annual smarmy, self congratulating circle jerk rantfest. Occurring parallel to it is the the less known but growing in notoriety AFPAC, the America First Political Action Conference. Created by 23 year old proud incel Nick Fuentes in 2020, it’s becoming the place to go if you want white nationalist support.
Guess who showed up at this years white-a-thon?
Maybe Three Toes can break him off a piece and end his losing streak with women. Anyway, here’s a little Greene:
In her speech, Greene referred to the assembled AFPAC crowd — among them prominent right-wing extremists who have been photographed giving the Nazi salute and reciting the infamous “14 words,” a white supremacist slogan — as “canceled Americans.”
“You’ve been handed the responsibility to fight for our Constitution and stand for our freedoms, and stop the Democrats who are the communist party of the United States of America,” Greene said.
She also took time to attack transgender people, claiming Democrats have destroyed “gender” and “pronouns.”
Incendiary enough. But Arizona state senator Wendy Rogers beamed in and turned up the fascism to 11:
Another colorful character speaking at the convention had this to say:
…far-right podcaster Stew Peters called for the execution of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whom he falsely blamed for causing the coronavirus pandemic.
“Tony Fauci literally unleashed a bio weapon on the world. Why is this man running around free instead of hanging on the end of a noose somewhere?”
Pay attention: if given power and permission, these people will commit atrocities against anyone not like them. And their numbers are not shrinking.
Rick Scott made a power move a few days ago, releasing, apparently without consulting Mitch McConnell or any Senate leadership, a 60 page PDF titled An 11 Point Plan To Rescue America”. It’s wildly radical, and if even twenty percent of it is enacted, democracy and freedom are in grave danger.
Highlights include shuttering the Department of Education, forced patriotism at school, elimination of anything resembling affirmative action, elimination of diversity training, backing the blue to absurd extremes, naming any completed border wall after Donald Trump, elimination of government assistance across the board, a line item veto for the president, placing a 5 year lifespan on any federal legislation, discounting any ballot that arrives after election day, removal of ballot drop boxes, taxing the poor, funding low-income women to take their unwanted children to term and placing them in the adoption system, torquing up a ban on “obscenity”, refusal to recognize non-binary people, suing social media for banning TOS violators, a policy of isolationism except when defending national interests, and withdrawal from the UN if it runs counter to our interests.
That’s just a taste of what’s in there. I think you should go see the rest, it’s some scary shit, friends. So what’s Rick Scott’s deal here? It’s an interesting jump of chain of command. I’m gonna assume he’s not just trying to be helpful. As we all know, Rick is a rich, ambitious motherfucker, catapulting from venture capitalist to Florida governor to Florida senator. So to me, two guesses emerge-he wants to replace McConnell, or he wants a serious shot at president in 2024 and is laying the groundwork for that campaign. Trump, who hates McConnell, would like Scott to take a serious stab at leadership, minority or majority.
Again, if any of Scott’s ideas make it to a Republican president’s desk, this country will become much darker than Rick Scott thinks it is now. So we see the danger ahead-make no mistake, if Republicans manage to flip Congress and steal the presidency, they will scrap the filibuster with a sliver of a majority and we will only be able to helplessly sit by as they bring white Christian supremacist-style fascism to the nation by passing bill after bill after bill towards that goal.
You people need to vote, and vote right. The right wing is not fucking around, and I don’t care what your opinion is of the Democratic Party, they are the only buttress between what we have left and what we will truly lose, perhaps forever if we aren’t organized.
Now that I have brought all of you down, I offer a little chicken soup.
Trump, on some wingnut radio show:
“I went in yesterday and there was a television screen, and I said, ‘This is genius.’ Putin declares a big portion of the Ukraine — of Ukraine — Putin declares it as independent. Oh, that’s wonderful.
“I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border.
“That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re gonna keep peace all right.“
Mike Pompeo has lauded the Russian strongman over the past month as a “talented,” “savvy,” “capable statesman,”
Putin is “very shrewd. Very capable,” Pompeo said in another recent interview with the Center for the National Interest. “I have enormous respect for him.“
What to chalk this up to? This strange, slavish devotion to strength and masculinity is so weird. Is this what Republican voters want to hear? Well…
When you think of what a Secretary of State does, your mind recalls the he or she is the nation’s top diplomat. Writ large in the United States, that’s their purview. But we are now learning that when brought to a state level, the Secretary’s functions change.
What am I talking about? The ability of said Secretary of State to maintain the electoral process. How did we learn this? We can thank Donald Trump for the instructive lesson when he tried to bully Georgia’s Brad Raffensperger into “finding” nearly 12,000 votes so he could win Georgia’s electoral votes in 2020. Raffensperger looked at recount after recount, followed the laws, and determined that Georgia had a secure and fair election. It’s pretty impressive if you look back at that phonecall; he resisted the demands of the President of The United States for over an hour. I give Raffensperger, a Republican, major props for standing by his decision that the Georgia election had been decided.
The Blue Wave rattled the shit out of the Republican Party; suddenly, they controlled nothing. And they looked at the future and realized it was going to become even more grim if they didn’t do something. They know, and everyone should know, that they are grossly outnumbered in terms of registered voters and the trend is going to continue that way. What they did in response is going to make the 2022 midterms an election equalling 2016 in terms of its importance to the survival of democracy in the United States.
Democrats rule the roost when it comes to control of the federal system right now, but Republican power still lies in their ability to dominate the state legislatures and outnumber the Democrats in governorships. And they have put the pedal to the metal drafting and passing bills that make it harder to vote. The most emblematic example of a current successful voter suppression effort is Georgia’s SB 202, which among other things made the absentee process nearly impossible to navigate, curtailed the availability of ballot drop boxes, reduced early voting (all of which will cause enormous lines resulting in voter discouragement) and most importantly, wrested control of the state election board from the Secretary of State and placed its chairmanship in the hands of the legislature.
Why is that important? Run 2020 again. A partisan official gets the call from Trump. Everything grinds to a halt as the vote is analyzed by the Republican controlled election board. You could be looking at decertifying in counties that lean Democratic over tiny irregularities. Disqualifying votes by mail. All the way up to sending their own slate of electors to the Capitol. Whatever dirty tricks you can imagine.
In fact, that is exactly what Jody Hice, leading Georgia Republican candidate for Secretary of State in 2022, would have considered doing. And even if Raffensperger is allowed to continue as SoS, his power to control the election apparatus in that state will be curtailed, if not rendered ineffectual. The Republican dominated legislature will fire anyone on the election board who bucks its will.
So now we see just how important the Secretary of State race is. Currently, the Justice Department is suing Georgia over the law, so if we’re lucky, we could get this ugly thing dealt with in court before we have the midterms.
We Democrats must have vigorous oversight of elections in 2024. Bold and just Secretaries of State are the difference between winning and losing the whole ballgame. Not to be grandiose, but democracy itself lies in the hands of this position.
However, our typical big money donors simply don’t see the danger.
During the last six months of 2021, just one person, Democratic financier George Soros, gave more than $25,000 to the main association involved in electing the party’s candidates for secretaries of state, according to a review of the group’s filings. Four other individuals gave $25,000 precisely.
The absence of more big checks is notable considering that the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State, a 527 organization, has no limit on the size of the donations it can receive.
“I was operating under the assumption that people were recognizing this problem and we’re going to be flooding them with cash,” said Doug Edwards, one of those four individuals who gave $25,000. “That’s clearly not the case. … I’m going to start worrying about DASS again.”
So. To the money people, democracy just isn’t sexy enough for them to open their wallets. What’s the issue then? In a nutshell, Secretaries of State just don’t buy them the access they expect when donating generously to lawmakers and executives.
Grass roots are going to have to step up and fill the gap, educating themselves about the importance of the Secretary position, among others. Because the Republicans are wasting no time filling every position they can find at local levels that would affect an election. In Georgia, Hice is a well funded Trumper. If SB202 survives, we’re not going to have a fair shot at SoS. Honestly, Georgia Democrats don’t have a shot at anything in November. Abrams needs 60,000 new successfully cast votes, and Warnock cannot lose 10,000. Polling shows them both losing as of this post. Having Hice at the helm of the Secretary’s office means any future election is in jeopardy if he doesn’t like the results.
I happen to be a Georgia Democrat. So to my fellow Georgians, get to know your SoS candidates and donate and volunteer if you can. I’m a Georgian, and it’s Bee for me. She appears to be the best funded, and having met her and listened to her, I know she understands the stakes. Just get involved, somehow-because while we have the numbers, we are still the underdogs in a system designed to lock the majority out.