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War In America

One of Donald Trump’s signature accomplishments as President (and beyond) is promote what everyone calls the Big Lie, a concept straight out of Hitler’s diaries. He managed to convince millions that our electoral system was riddled with fraud and corruption and that the results were invalid. He literally called into question the integrity of our democracy. Why did Trump do this? The easiest explanation is his hurt ego for losing. However, if Trump is smarter than we think he is, he helped purposely lay the groundwork for the voter suppression Republicans couldn’t wait to implement.

For all intents and purposes, I think we may call time of death of democracy in 2022. But if somehow Democrats are organized enough to vote in even larger numbers than in 2020 (and Republicans discouraged in significant numbers), we can hang on to a neutral area similar to the one we are in right now where neither democracy nor fascism has any way to move forward. There’s always the long odds situation where Democrats increase their hold upon Congress too. I won’t rule it out.

I don’t have a crystal ball, but 2024 might be where things really go haywire. It’s a virtual certainty that it will be another hotly contested election, and the Big Lie will still be very popular. And the worrisome thing is that it’s very popular with people who own guns. Millions of people:

America’s massive and mostly Republican gun-rights movement dovetails with a growing belief among many Republicans that the federal government is an illegitimate tyranny that must be overthrown by any means necessary. That combustible formula raises the threat of armed, large-scale attacks around the 2024 presidential election—attacks that could make the January 6 insurrection look like a toothless stunt by comparison. “The idea that people would take up arms against an American election has gone from completely farfetched to something we have to start planning for and preparing for,” says University of California, Los Angeles law professor Adam Winkler, an expert on gun policy and constitutional law.

Winkler also imparts another worrisome development, at the Supreme Court:

If the Supreme Court ruling, expected in mid-2022, on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen establishes an unrestricted right to carry a gun anywhere in the country, bringing firearms to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. could be perfectly legal. Says Winkler: “The Supreme Court may be close to issuing the ruling that leads to the overthrow of the U.S. government.”

One is left to wonder if all the barely restricted access to guns was always a way to arm troops for a right wing revolution, insurrection, police action or a civil war. It isn’t the left who is gearing up. Maybe that’s a screwy idea, but if I can think of it, you can bet your ass that some fascist creep already has too.

Big Steve Bannon

Steve’s been cast and casted himself as quite the lightning rod lately when it comes to tearing down our democracy. Roger Stone says he’s the poobah behind the Capitol attack. Now it’s probably not wise to listen to anything Roger Stone says without a little evidence, but is it really a bridge too far to think there’s a grain of truth to it? After all, his rhetoric leading up to the attack certainly suggests he knew what was going to happen. He’s a known “accelerationist” who wants to bring down the state. This is all circumstantial musing at this point, but it would not surprise me if it were easy to establish motive and method against him.

Anyway, he’s now making noise about decertifying the 2020 election:

“We are going to get it decertified,” Bannon said, referring to the 2020 presidential election, which the hotly contested MAGA character erroneously insists Trump won. “And hey, all they want to talk about all day long is Omicron and 6 January. And we love it,” he continued. “Cuz nobody cares. We care because we care about the legitimacy of our process. We are a constitutional republic. And guess what, we are going to take over the election apparatus.” Bannon further noted that “American citizens” will aid him in the proposed election system takeover.

It wouldn’t be the first time I heard Steve Bannon say something that sounds like a pipe dream. As dimwit Mike Lindell has found out, the 2020 election is going nowhere. Bannon should cool his jets and wait for 2022, where all of the voter suppression laws the Republicans have already passed will likely hand control of Congress to them. The dirty work is already done-I feel like Bannon is late to the party. It simply won’t matter if Joe Biden sticks around until 2024. Oh sure, Joe still has veto power, but when has a little gridlock bothered the GOP? They love it when nothing gets done.

His last words in the interview are bizarrely cryptic:

“I understand you don’t think that’s democracy because the globalists have done the misdirection plays and had everyone looking the other way,” he added.

I don’t know what he means. To understand I would have to go down the rabbit hole of extreme white American nationalism vs. “globalism” and I just don’t have it in me today to examine that particular fight in detail. The nationalists are fascist, and that’s all we need to know.

Meddlin’ Rick

Who didn’t send texts to Mark Meadows about how to explode the 2020 election?

Rick Perry is now among the conspirators. His advice, given on November 4th, was to presumably have states with Republican controlled legislatures where Trump was leading to invalidate any ballots arriving after Election Day. Trump electors would then be appointed, and once the conflicts landed in court the hope was that the conservative Supreme Court would rule in Trump’s favor.

Cute. It wasn’t likely to have worked, because we know the Court wasn’t interested in giving Trump what he wanted as the lawsuits unfolded.

What the fuck was Rick Perry doing skulking around the sidelines of this clusterfuck election? Hard to say. All we know about Rick and Trump is that their relationship started off rocky, but he quickly became an acolyte once it was established that he was a very useful friend. He was given the job of Energy Secretary. Rick, according to Trump himself, was the person who suggested Trump give Ukraine’s Zelensky a call, a call which as we know triggered Trump’s first impeachment. Rick also tried to get energy giant Naftogaz to fire its supervisory board, a power move designed to secure Trump maximum leverage on the fledgling Zelensky administration. Perry was very, very busy in Ukraine. It looks like there was a full court press to control Ukraine’s plentiful oil and gas in 2019, and all the new president had to do was play ball, sell his country’s resources to the lowest bidder, do this and that for Trump and he would be their protector-a list that included Ukraine being his version of CREEP.

All I know is the people who tried to torpedo the election are corrupt and disgusting beyond what we see on the surface, just like their fascist mob boss.

Possible Linkage

Yes, we had a hotly contested election full of illegal and seditious fuckery. That was bad enough. The big thing on my mind is who started that riot on January 6. Was it an attempt at a violent insurrection, plotted by Trump and members of the Republican Party?

Magic 8-ball says it is likely. We have three Congressional big fish on the line right now; Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs and Mo Brooks. They were in touch with Stop The Steal founder Ali Alexander before January 6. Alexander, through his lawyers, relates:

‘Ali Alexander, who founded the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” movement and attended the rally that preceded the Capitol attack, told congressional investigators that he recalls “a few phone conversations” with Rep. Paul Gosar and a text exchange with Rep. Mo Brooks about his efforts in the run-up to Jan. 6, his lawyers confirmed in a late Friday court filing.

Per Alexander’s attorneys Jonathon Moseley and Paul Kamenar, members of Congress may have been on an organizing call with him in early January. Several were invited but he did not take attendance, the lawyers said. They also said Alexander “testified that he had phone conversations with Rep. Brooks’ staff about a ‘Dear Colleague’ letter and how his activists could be helpful.”’

Alexander also told the Jan. 6 House select committee that he spoke to Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) in person “and never by phone, to the best of his recollection,” his lawyers say.’

Alexander was a major inciter on social media, priming his followers for violence:

The Daily Beast reported that “Alexander led a host of activists in ratcheting up the rhetoric” before January 6, and that Alexander’s posts “grew more menacing” as the date approached. Alexander tweeted on December 7, 2020, that he would “give [his] life for this fight”, a tweet that was retweeted by the Arizona Republican Party with the addition, “He is. Are you?” ProPublica identified a December 23 Parler post of Alexander’s, in which he wrote “If D.C. escalates … so do we”, as “one of scores of social media posts welcoming violence” before the attack.

He also incited violence at the rally, which led to the siege:

Alexander was scheduled to speak on January 5 at Freedom Plaza, just west of the White House.The Guardian named Alexander as among the people active in inciting the crowd outside the Capitol on January 6, leading chants of “victory or death”. At 4:30 p.m. on January 6, about two hours after rioters entered the Capitol building, Alexander posted a video of himself looking out on a crowd outside the Capitol, in which he said, “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”

Ali Alexander and his movement came to Washington looking for a fight. A big one. So the question must be: did those three Congressional bozos have anything to do with planning or aiding a true-blue insurrection?

Still Red-Baiting After All These Years

It’s been a couple of weeks since I got ticked at that ass sarcoma John Kennedy for trying to insinuate Saule Omarova was a Communist simply because she was born in the Soviet Union. Now at the time, I did not understand why the banking industry was nervous about her nomination as comptroller of the currency; I confess I do not understand money.

Well, it’s not too complicated, thankfully; one of her policy ideas was to allow people to open accounts at the Fed. This potentially could have caused a giant sucking sound of money leaving private banks. It would also allow the Fed to “democratize” money, taking the money out of the high stakes gamblers’ hands in the private sector and perhaps placing investments toward things that would benefit the nation, not the profiteers. The only way to say it is that she definitely was curious about partially socializing banking.

As a lefty, I have no problem with this. I think it’s super forward thinking. We wouldn’t have to bail those shitbirds out when they made a bad bet. But now you know why her nomination was derailed. Three Democrats, John Tester (D-MT), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) who probably are on the take from the banking industry, refused to support her nomination.

Frenzied talk of people being communists in America is absurd; the party barely functions here. But the real threat here was that the profit houses would take a hit. That’s why Omarova was painted red.

Louie Louie

Multiple plans to use Mike Pence to stop the count were circulated around to Trumpers on January 5. To my mind, it suggested that no one agreed on a course of action, that the effort would be chaotic and would ultimately result in failure. That’s generally true, because Congress handled the objections after adjourning briefly for each objection. The law was followed. They would have finished on the 6th, but you know what happened.

However, an earlier pressure campaign to get Pence to overstep his authority has surfaced. Legendary dipshit Louie Gohmert sued Pence on December 27th, arguing the 12th Amendment gave him the authority to control the count. The Justice Department thought it was crap, and defended Pence from the suit.

Once again, the goofiest of the goofy went to do Trump’s dirty work. And I still think the rest of the goofs who got briefed by Phil Waldron are not who you would call the leading lights of Congress. We’ll find out soon enough. This will all go down someday as The Dingaling Putsch. Time will tell if I am wrong. The one thing that needs to be really nailed down is what or who started that riot. We need to know if that was Trump and Co.’s last ditch effort to subvert democracy. Legal fuckery is one thing-a mob of crazies, some with lethal intent, is another.

What’s Rand Paul’s Problem With Israel?

I have plenty of problems with Israel. But I find it curious that Paul, a Republican, is holding up funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system. I mean, on the surface, Rand’s fully on board with our continued accord with them and concerned with Hamas missile attacks. Why is Iron Dome such a sticking point?

It could be just some libertarian bullshit-after all, he’s happy to stop holding up the bill if a billion comes out of Afghanistan assistance to pay for it. But when we’re talking about defense funds, a billion is like a dime. What he’s looking to do is deny the Taliban funding, apparently. Democrats and Republicans insist the money will go to humanitarian causes.

He’s all alone out here on this-it’s got enormous bipartisan support. Why Rand?

Paul has a history of holding up foreign aid. He doesn’t like the concept. (He’s not much into domestic aid either, but that’s another story). In 2018, he introduced legislation to reduce aid to Israel. His rationale was the same as it is today; he insisted that funding come from foreign aid to United States “enemies”.

Now you would think that Israel would be jake with a reduction in aid to Israel’s antagonizers. But that’s bizarrely not the case. AIPAC took him to task for trying to cut funds to Pakistan and Palestine. Perhaps Paul’s understanding of the complexities of geopolitics is less than sophisticated.

In the end, it could just come down to Paul’s libertarian streak. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke once of the need for Israel’s gradual economic independence; and those are the types of words Rand Paul likes to hear.

Dear God, Marsha Blackburn Is Stupid

I know you know that. Coherence has never been one of Marsha’s strong suits.

Her new thing? Protecting the grandmothers of America:

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Tuesday accused Democrats of plotting to have the federal government take over child care and hurt grandmothers through provisions included in the Build Back Better Act, which was passed by the House on Nov. 19 and is currently under consideration in the Senate.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus,” Blackburn told host Harris Faulkner, “They’re going to try to sweep up and federalize child care, increase the cost, and then prohibit a lot of grandmamas that are providing ‘mother’s day out’ services at the local church in your community from being able to go to work.

Hogwash. There’s no “federalization of childcare” in the bill other than that the federal government pays for it. Marsha probably thinks there’s some sort of brainwashing curriculum in the bill. States will be using Head Start curricula, hardly a controversial pedagogy. Or Marsha is lying, which she has been known to do. If you are poor or otherwise busied by the difficulties of self-improvement in this country and need subsidized or free childcare, get a certificate from the government and you can have it. There’s no logic to the statement that “costs will increase” for a program that is paid for by appropriations, either. Tax the ultra rich if you are worried about it. That statement about the “grandmamas” is a corker, though. Is she really saying it would put grandma out of work or stop her from volunteering? Churches can get these funds, so whatever. But she’s not done with the grandmamas thing yet:

Faulkner asked, “Why do that? Why?” Blackburn responded, “Because they want control. They don’t want grandmamas helping educate young mamas on how to rear babies. They want the federal government to certify people, get them to join a union, have them not show up for work.”

Control? To what end? What the fuck does that mean? Just because your kid goes to daycare does not mean that Grandma cannot impart advice on how to raise a child. Besides, Grandma is old. She loves your kid but she doesn’t really want to raise it half the day.

“They want the federal government to certify people”. I’m sorry, I’m just going to let this clause stand by itself as evidence that Marsha Blackburn is insane.

And why drag the unions into this? What’s so bad about mom joining a union that could get her better pay and working conditions? Obviously Marsha is employing a buzzword, which will only be heard by assholes.

And I have no idea why having your child in daycare will make you not want to go to work. I can’t see any relation to those two activities. Logic would dictate that it would be far easier to go to work if someone was watching your child.

I know I shouldn’t be enticed to decode Marsha Blackburn’s word salad, but sometimes low hanging fruit doesn’t taste all that bad.

The Opposite Of Us

Mike Lindell reveals he’s dropped 25 million on his efforts to invalidate the 2020 election. Says he:

“I will keep spending it because there is no tomorrow. We lose our country. We either only have two paths: either it gets changed before the 2022 election or we lose our country forever. I will spend every dime I have,” Lindell said on Wednesday. “I will spend whatever it takes.”

Relax, Mike! The Republicans have got it all in hand. All across America, Republican state legislatures are working on limiting access to the ballot box. Take my state, Georgia. There’s now less drop boxes, shortened absentee ballot request times, the opportunity for state legislators to take over election offices, and much more.

Let’s not forget gerrymandering that almost guarantees the loss of the House by Democrats!

Don’t worry. Chances are the fascist freaks you keep fluffing will get their way. Save your money, because Smartmatic and Dominion are going to take it.

Gymnastics

You can now count Jim Jordan among one of the several people who sent ideas to Mark Meadows that would ratfuck the counting of the votes on January 6th.

He sent it to Meadows on the 5th. That’s an awfully short window within which to plan a coup. It’s starting to look like the Pence plan was a last minute Hail Mary play. Then again, maybe this is Jim Jordan just being helpful. I just feel like they should have had a plan solidified around these legal theories well before the count. Like every Trump endeavor, it was a complete clusterfuck. I guess they didn’t have any inkling they’d find themselves in those dire straits before that. They put all their energy into frivolous lawsuits, hoping that eventually the Trump appointed SCOTUS would save their bacon and buy one of their idiotic arguments.

It’s instructive, at the very least, to take a look at Jim’s text, which, for Jim Jordan, seems rather erudite. Not only did he call for Pence to declare the contested state electors unconstitutional, he fucking quoted Alexander Hamilton and referenced Hubbard v. Lowe, which states that a federal statute that is unconstitutional is no law at all. What law did Jim have in mind? Possibly The Electoral Count Act, which did away with the ploy of trying to send competing slates of electors and as we all know now limits the Vice President’s ability to declare votes invalid.

So where is superlawyer Jim Jordan getting his “deep” legal ideas from? Glad you asked. Some Federalist Society/Blackwater creep named Joseph Schmitz sent it to him, along with a presentation. Schmitz is a former IG of the DOD who was an early foreign policy advisor for Trump. He was a busy columnist at Newsmax during the insanity surrounding Election Day. He alleged that the Pennsylvania count was unconstitutional because votes were still being counted after November 3. He also believed that the media was misrepresenting the count by not calling states he believed were breaking for Trump. He was all in on getting a case before the SCOTUS, bitching about mail-in ballots. He’s also a member of the Center For Security Policy, which has an interesting history as an anti-Muslim conspiracy factory started by Frank Gaffney, who really was into some “Barack Obama is a secret Muslim” garbage. They tried to scotch the Iran deal. They helped craft the “Muslim ban”. Kellyanne Conway is associated with the CSP as well. It’s funded by America’s war machine. This guy is a conspiracy loon through and through, but a dangerous one with resources.

So, Jim Jordan knows some gross people. But I guess that’s no surprise; he’s a Republican, and far too many of them are into this stuff as well.

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