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In case you hadn’t noticed, American democracy is essentially already gone.
It has been hijacked. By 1/3 of the country determined to rule over the entire populace
……by a repressive, regressive, fascistic, gang of religious cultists and gun-wielding social misfits
……sponsored by the greediest level of society, the 5% who control this gang with lies, fake promises, and manufactured “socialist” villains for their own gain
……championed by the most unscrupulous, devious, power-mad public “servant” outside the world of fiction, a true-to-life Sheriff of Nottingham. Mitch McConnell is evil incarnate, the most unscrupulous politician I can remember.
The takeover has been empowered by
…..a Democratic party that hides its cowardice behind “respect for rule of law” and a “commitment to the high ground” that can best be described as “Please don’t hurt us.”
…..Gutless Democratic Presidents. Yes, this means Joe Biden
……and a 2/3 of the country too blase, ambivalent, and yes, scared, to deal with thugery in the only way that thugs understand, with equal toughness.
Our Democracy is virtually gone as of right now, because the thugs on the right are strong, and we high-minded, principled on the left are weak. We are all mouth, and little action. Our high mindedness is our security blanket.
Yours truly included.
We are a principled but weak, hapless bunch of villagers. We don’t need more principled but weak legislators.
Joe, a Washington Post headline this morning shouts that you are ready to deal with the Republicans. You are ready to “compromise,” which means you are ready to make a half-assed effort at progress on both the environment and the economy. You’re ready to GIVE IN to bully McConnell, who has been acting as the real decision maker in this country for over two decades.
DON’T DO IT, JOE.
If the Republicans wish to let America’s infrastructure collapse because of their allegiance to the most greedy, LET IT.
And shout it from every podium, rooftop, and news source in the world, that you tried to help America, and save the environment, but the Republicans blocked you and put the very rich above the good of the country. Again.
You will lose much of my, and America’s, respect if you “deal” on this. This is very possibly our ONLY chance to get this country on the right track, both environmentally and economically, and if you give in to make deals like this, YOU ARE BLOWING IT.
The Republican party has made it clear that it is the party of white supremacy, and of allegiance to the richest Americans and the greediest corporations. They can no longer even begin to try making a case that they give the slightest damn about the average American.
LAY INTO THEM, JOE.
Stand strong. Make sure Nancy Pelosi does, too. Pass a REAL infrastructure and environment-saving plan, any way you have to do it. You can do this, and you can do it by leveraging your strength and communicating clearly with the very Americans whom the Republicans routinely sell out while claiming to care about them. Make absolutely and deafeningly clear to them that Democrats are trying to help them, while Republicans sell them down the river.
Moscow Mitch has repeatedly said he will block all Democratic legislation, just like he did with Obama. SHOW HIM THIS WORKS BOTH WAYS. Make him know that every single piece of legislation coming from Republicans is dead on arrival.
There is no middle ground on this Joe. There is only the right side, and the wrong side. When I and millions of Americans voted for you, we thought youwere the right side. Now is not the time to equivocate, to give in, to surrender.
You can be Roosevelt, Churchill, Johnson. You cannot be a middle of the road, bad deal maker. You can’t be Charlie Brown. Start to compromise, and McConnell will walk all over you, all over America’s democracy, all over the environment, just like he’s been doing.
No, Joe. Don’t do it. The Republicans have been proving for years that good guys can’t win. Don’t let them keep doing it. If you want to be a nice guy, you have to be like the nice guys that took down Hitler.
Don’t wimp out, Joe. Don’t shrug, and give in. Raise hell, Joe. The Republicans want to keep controlling America in the name of the greediest and the white supremacists. They want a fight.
Make them wish they hadn’t asked for it.
Republicans want to force you to compromise for one reason: so that they can maintain the status quo, and Joe, we all know what that looks like.
Down and dirty, Joe. Trench warfare. Scorched earth. It’s the only way to win this. There is no participation trophy.
When the dust settles, when average Americans can breathe better, drink cleaner water, earn the income they deserve, afford a nice home, put their kids through school, and plan for a comfortable retirement, regardless of the color of their skin or their gender, then and only then can America prove the lie of today’s corrupt Republican party; only then can we drive a wooden stake through the heart of the vampire known as Trumpism. Only then can we start to truly dismantle white supremacy.
Dems and progressive Americans need to move on from Biden. With him, they are trying to beat Trump with a man who is, at best, a C+ centrist. He promises too much “business as usual,” minus only the worst of Trump. He is weak on environment. He will fail to take/support the serious steps needed to forestall an environmental Armageddon. He is either tolerant of white supremacists, or a coatroom supporter. He is either uninclined or afraid to ruffle the feathers of the wealthy oligarchs. The more we hear from him, the more we learn about him, the stronger grows my belief that while he is not a ‘bad’ guy, he is certainly no beacon of progress. Underlining perhaps all of the above, the more we see of Joe, the more we realize he is no intellectual, no great thinker. He is the kind of man who may be qualified to follow the lead established by such a person, but not qualified to be such a one.
Joe Biden is in no way fit to lead America down the path it must follow post-Trump. With Joe Biden as President, America will spend four or eight years failing to gather any momentum on environmental salvation (if that is even possible at this point), equal rights, the destruction of the middle class, or beating back the surge of racists and extreme religious cultists empowered by Trump. He was effective as Barack Obama’s Sancho. He is, himself, no Don Quixote.
Joe Biden offers America neither a Kennedy nor a Johnson, an FDR nor an Obama. He represents a centrist compromise that tends to teeter toward the right. His history is too shady with too many questionable comments and stances, and “…no longer that person” goes only so far. He is in no way the strong progressive leader our country needs at this point in history.