If We Can Keep It

This July 4th is important for several reasons.

One, as a (relatively) young nation, it still astounds that we persist. In comparison to the older countries on the planet, we are barely in our teens, and sometimes act accordingly. Second, we are a democracy; imperfect, and created by imperfect people, as ALL people are. In the jingoism that envelops us through our narrative, it is easy to lose sight of that; imagine the naked audacity of a declaration that all men are created equal being disseminated by a landed gentry that owned other human beings and not only didn’t consider them equal, but didn’t consider them human. A 3/5th compromise indeed. Third, and most importantly at this point in time, the republic is at greater peril than at any time since the Civil War, and that peril is being cheered on by those who would gladly re-impose the ’50s (that’s 1850s for those who are paying attention) so long as the fallacy of white supremacy is maintained.

So, on this 4th of July weekend, let us remember those who would deny freedom for ALL citizens so long as they maintain power:

On July 4, 2018, a delegation of seven Republican U.S. Senators and one Republican member of the House of Representatives spent the Independence Day holiday in Moscow.

Of the eight, six are up for re-election in 2022. They’re all pretty well entrenched in GOP strongholds, of course, but wouldn’t it be a pretty thing to dislodge even one or two of these treasonous scum? Anyone on the ground who knows whether that’s even thinkable? They celebrated America’s birthday in Russia. Voters shouldn’t be allowed to forget that.

The Moscow Eight (a refresher):Richard Shelby (AL) — 87 yrs old. In Senate since 1987 (finishing his sixth term). Will not seek re-election in 2022.

Steve Daines (MT) — 58 yrs old. In Senate since 2015 (in his second term). Not up for re-election until 2026.

John Kennedy (LA) — 69 yrs old. In senate since 2017 (completing his first term). Up for re-election in 2022.

John Hoeven (ND) — 64 yrs old. In Senate since 2011 (completing his second term). Up for re-election in 2022.

Ron Johnson (WI) — 66 yrs old. In Senate since 2011 (completing his second term). Up for re-election in 2022.

Jerry Moran (KS) — 67 yrs old. In Senate since 2011 (completing his second term). Up for re-election in 2022.

John Thune (SD) — 60 yrs old. In Senate since 2005 (completing his third term). Up for re-election in 2022.

Kay Granger (TX-12) — the only woman and only House member in the Moscow CoDel. 78 yrs old. Member of Congress since 1997 (currently in her 13th term). Up for re-election in 2022.

Here’s what they, and the Orange Menance wrought:

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Suborning Sedition

Whoever leaked this audio to the Washington Post is a hero, full stop. This is incontrovertible evidence of an attempt to get the Georgia Secretary of State (who is not exactly a shrinking violet when it comes to voting rights irregularities when it comes to POC’s votes) to commit an outright act of sedition. Full audio below:

He Tried To Tell Us

Trump’s (and the right’s) obsessive hatred of anything and everything related to the Obama presidency has, and will continue to get people KILLED.

“Concern” Trolling

A true testament to the complete and utter cowardice/complicity of Senator Susan Collins.
*A sternly worded letter is the highest level; it is rarely, if ever, reached.

In the wake of the unjust firings of the Vindman brothers (because nothing says mob justice by taking your pettiness out on the whole family) and Gordon Sondland comes the by-now obligatory stenography on behalf of the feckless cowards of the GOP who, try as they might, simply cannot get Sir Twits-A-Lot to be quietly evil:

WASHINGTON — A handful of Republican senators tried to stop President Trump from firing Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who testified in the House impeachment hearings, but the president relieved the diplomat of his post anyway, according to people briefed on the discussions.

The senators told White House officials that Mr. Sondland should be allowed to depart on his own terms, which would have reduced any political backlash.

Among the Republicans who warned the White House was Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who, after voting to acquit Mr. Trump said she thought he had learned a lesson. Others included Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Martha McSally of Arizona, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

Collins in particular has turned deep concern with no action until well after the outcome has been determined into a grotesque art form, and thus has earned a place of dishonor here. I’m sure she’s disappointed; let’s check in with her now: