Donald Trump, QAnnon, Anti-vaxxers, Birthers, Replacement theorist, KKK, Nazis etc. are some of the names of people who hate the world and threaten those who want to maintain decency. The indecent are on the prowl and supported by the Republican Party with help from Fox News and other far right media. The slow motion continuing coup started by Trump must be confronted for all of the lies and absurdities it is based on. Our problem is that the confrontation must be citizen powered because the haters are so energized and emboldened. The haters are broken and indecent people no doubt, but they will not stop until they meet a sturdy reality that does not play their game. Shame will not be enough; evil-doers and haters will require consequences to go back under rocks or into closets. I am hopeful that good people will emerge to win the future, but we must all show up and act to create a positive world.
People living today need to know what they believe in and why. If you have not taken the time to develop a philosophy or belief system about life and your role in it; take the time to get it done. Average citizens will need to make decisions about the direction and survival of our society in the coming months and years. You will be targeted by a lot of information designed to confuse or overwhelm with the goal of influencing your decision making. Prepare yourself by examining who you want to be, what you believe in, who you are, and what you want the future to look like. Be honest with yourself, seek the truth, and act to be proud of who you are.
The American Republic is under an assault that began with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Numerous books detail the malevolence of the Trump administration with the assistance of Republicans in congress. Too many people who should recognize the threat to democracy seem to be focused on tribe rather than country or decency. If we go over the cliff of the Trump Republican’s reconstruction of the country by allowing their control of government; the carnage will likely lead existential levels of destruction. Corrupt authoritarian government will focus on lies and cruelty to secure domination inside the country while likely starting a war to maximize confusion. The dominoes will fall in both expected and unexpected ways that will diminish hope and the odds for a return to democracy. Research and act to save our republic and defend the hope for a better future.
Many people want to impose their will to control the lives of women without regard to the impact on their lives or desires. The people who claim control over women’s reproductive decisions say they are Pro-Life, but typically support the death penalty while being against universal health care. People claiming to be conservative and Pro-Life typically tilt toward controlling other people through fear, punishment, and assaults on dignity. We sadly live in a time where the mask of religious pretension slides off to reveal a lack of empathy, with a proverbial unfitness to judge. The conservative drive towards autocracy and tribalism is a threat to our republic. Women are the current target in the news, but there will be others if people of good will do not rise up humble Republicans. Research and act to protect democracy and dignity.
Many are wondering if America has lost it’s way in the middle of COVID, insurrection, attacks on women’s rights, civil rights, voting rights, and Climate Crisis. American media focuses on Afghanistan while American rights are under assault and citizen’s health consistently threatened. It is hard to understand what Republicans want for America besides fascism and white supremacy, while the republic is threatened with many institutions seemingly oblivious. President Biden will not be able to build a better future for America by himself, as other politicians play a political game that is based on the past rather than the future. Contact your representatives and tell them to quit playing games and plotting for their individual success over American prosperity. Krysten Sinema, Joe Manchin, and other politicians (Republican and Democrat) must be held accountable for their actions. Act, vote, and work to get America working for a brighter future.
The American Taliban has struck in Texas. Not only are masks to fight COVID a bad idea, but there should be a bounty on anyone helping a woman seeking an abortion for any reason. Grandpa rapes his 13 year old granddaughter; it doesn’t matter – don’t you dare help her. The American Taliban is not about decency, or logic, or anything but power. Selling your soul to feel good about yourself is nothing new, but we are living in a time where running away, or avoiding reality is not rational. Whether it is killing children with COVID, not allowing people to vote, denying healthcare, or trying to overthrow elections; Republicans represent a threat to democracy and decency. The evil is growing and there is no escaping what is taking place. Research and act to hold Republicans and Trumps accountable.
The last flight left Kabul, Afghanistan today and we will hopefully win the fight against terrorism and fascism here at home. The American Taliban (most current Republicans) will try to impose it’s will on freedom loving Americans, but must be defeated here. As with any fight against terrorism we must win the hearts and minds of the people, and get Americans to commit to democracy. Democracy gives us the chance to enjoy the wisdom of the crowd if the people have access to the truth. The American Taliban have been lying or using deception regularly to avoid accountability and gain power. The next big fight for the American republic is right here at home and it is for the continued existence of a multicultural democracy, not a tribal autocratic police state. Every citizen will have to stop hiding, or pretending, and stand up for what they really believe in. The future of America is not certain; vote and act to protect our republic.
Joe Manchin, Krysten Sinema and any other waffling Democrats need to make sure that they recognize the gravity of the moment. The Human Infrastructure bill and a strong version of the For the People Act need to pass the senate by any means possible. If the senate cannot confront the climate crisis, voting rights, holding Trump insurrectionists accountable, immigration, and civil rights we may be in for dictatorship. Republicans have shown they are unafraid of accountability from voters with their consistent outrageous statements and actions. This is not the time to try and change the spots on the leopard with talk of bipartisanship at all costs. This is the time to act decisively to protect democracy, decency, and human dignity. Research and act to defend your values, and I hope the evil of white supremacy is not at the top of your list.
The US Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but the House of Representatives will not pass it until the For the People Act is presented for their vote as well. I think that Speaker Pelosi is right to take this stand because the bulk of climate crisis legislation is in the second bill. Climate Crisis is receiving a lot of attention because we are running out of time to preserve a future for human civilization as we know it. The For the People Act addresses social and scientific crisis that threaten to destroy our society. It is not socialism for our government to focus resources and energy to address existential threats. Private enterprise will be the dominate vehicle for meeting the critical challenges that we face, but government must represent people’s hope for a better society and future.
Under President Biden’s leadership the United States is starting to heal and strengthen, but Republican victory in the 2022 congressional races can reverse that quickly. America is nowhere close to being out of danger. Until insurrectionists are held accountable and the truth informs the majority of American decisions; we face new horrors. Some politicians talk of bipartisanship at a time when one party (Republicans) is trying to create a one party state or autocracy. The pandemics (COVID, climate crisis, tribalism, increasing autocratic power, etc.) assaulting America and the world are not going away, only determined American leadership provides the best outcomes. The wisdom of the crowd comes out when the people have access to the truth; this has been America’s strength. Research and act to protect the vote for yourself and all citizens