Betrayal is not too strong a term.
I feel shock, betrayal, disappointment, profound fatigue in this existential fight for the future of Democracy in America.
After all the dedication and hard work of this group, I know you are feeling the same way. But we must rest our weary souls a day or too, then come back fighting mad at those who would steal and decry American freedoms and values. Anger when used effectively can be a powerful energizer to the work ahead. Keep the faith, dear friends, we with President Biden, Hakeem Jeffries and his incredible Democratic caucus in the House, and our relentless Allie’s in the Senate will right this ship of state. Time to go back to the drawing board after resting weary minds, bones and souls.
We’ve got this; loss is not an option. Creativity is at a premium, think outside the box. 🗃️❤️🇺🇸🌎 Think Helen Ready,
“ I am woman [freedom] hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore.” 🎼💃🏼
I guess that my innate pessimism/cynicism is going to show through, but while this person is not exactly who I expected, someone like him is who I thought the Republicans would select. Even if all of the Republicans aren't fire-breathing, MAGA-loving clowns, those that aren't are in fear of those who are, and they clearly do not have the courage to stand up to the MAGA crowd.
I’m not a bit shocked. Sorry. There is no trusting Republicans, at least not those who are still in Congress.
I am very worried that with this unfortunate development, that a shutdown of our government is inevitable.What do others think?
When someone like Bacon suddenly jumps off the democracy ship, you know "traditional" republicans have done gone lost their damned minds. (And Bacon considers Johnson to be a "moral" person?? Yeah, well that "moral" person, who swore to uphold the Constitution, has no qualms about supporting a coup and in MANY other ways forcing HIS "morals" down the throats of every other American.) WTH is going on???? It will be fascinating to see how Biden will deal with this - if he has any wisdom and negotiating skills/energy left after dealing with the Middle East and so many other demanding situations.
I think that despite your attempts, the "reasonable" Republicans are never going to cross MAGA. I don't know why--perhaps they are secretly as vile as their colleagues but don't want to be seen as extremists, or perhaps one of their far-far-far right "friends" has whispered something like, "Hey, how does your little girl Clara like her new school? Must be nice to have her get out at 1.00 pm." YIKES! I put absolutely nothing, including murder, past MAGA. We've already seen it. So what to do?
Forget working with Rs AT ALL. Write them off. Instead, let's turn our attention to two things1) getting Democrats to run in EVERY RACE, EVERYWHERE. Too many Rs run unopposed; and 2) make sure we take back the House. It's becoming more and more likely that we'll have a sweep in 2024 because MAGA is so out of step with most of America. And to do that, we have to write letters and postcards, and talk to undecided friends or those who don't vote "because there's no difference between the parties." Really? What rock have you been under lately? Anyway, some races come down to one vote PER PRECINCT. Change someone's mind, you might swing an election. I think we can do it.
The freedumb caucus will blow this thing up shortly and we can go through this whole debacle yet again.
Jerry, thank you for sharing Hakeem Jeffries' speech. It is really inspiring and uplifting during a most dispiriting morning. The sun is still shining. Possibilities are before us and there is still intelligent, thoughtful, and committed life on earth and in Washington. Just like your newsletter is free, so are my Yam People free. if you'd like a couple to watch dissolve in a little water and become mud, email me at email@example.com. No mud, no lotus. Thank you for all that you do.
The ONLY thing that moves “power mad”* politicians to change their chameleon colors is being blocked from power. Vote them out!
* There is a well-researched “power-mad” personality scale developed by prof Bob Altemeyer in his long studies of authoritarians. https://theauthoritarians.org/options-for-getting-the-book/
"Get rid of McCarthy!""Get rid of McCarthy!""Get rid of McCarthy!"
OK, ya did that, but now look at what you've done!!
Thanks, Jerry. I’m going to listen to his speech again. I called 20 Republican congresspersons to thank them for voting against Jordan. Over the weekend, I’m going to send all 20 of them hand written letters expressing my dismay at their voting in yet another MAGA extremist. Let me know how many Yammies you’d like😊
Thanks for recommending the Jeffries video. There is hope. Vote blue in ‘24!