Plus: The tangled fight over free speech
And thanks be unto thee, Charlie, for the beautiful excerpt from Buechner. It's a delight to know that you know his work...and yet another reason I admire your work.
I’m very thankful for the Bulwark Never Trump OGs and the opportunity to create a coalition of people who value country over party and democracy over power.
All I can say is .... Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie, to you and your family and all the merry band of fighters at the Bulwark!
“Trump-Lake 2024” is the bumper sticker she’s printing in her mind." ... while figuring out how old TFG will be when he is elected and wondering when his healthy life-style will catch up with him. President Lake sounds much more propriate in her ears than Vice-president Lake.
Sorry you went through that. Sounds similar to the immigrants who served our country being arbitrarily thrown out for minor law breaking. Glad to hear you’re a good neighbor. Need more of that. 👏👏👏
On the subject of Lake's ambitions for 2024:
The washington post reports that january 6 committee staffers "now, less than six weeks before the conclusion of the committee’s work ... are angered and disillusioned by Cheney’s push to focus the report primarily on former president Donald Trump, and have bristled at the committee morphing into what they have come to view as the vehicle for the outgoing Wyoming lawmaker’s political future."
I have been saying this from the moment Cheney started squawking against trump. She is not a hero. She is not standing up for truth and justice. She doesn't care about the constitution. Rather, she knows a good angle when she sees it, and, thanks to years under daddy dick's perverse tutelage, exactly how to exploit it. She is just the flip side of Lake. Lake thinks trump has legs. Cheney does not. otherwise, they are the same person, a win at any cost republican.
Long post and still working on it, maybe over the holiday. BUT, I gotta say the pic you lead off with was the bomb. My dream of a Tolstoy dacha in springtime. Beyond Putin the Terrible., Russia still is.
And scalable for detail, well done Charlie.
DeSantis.and "Moms for Liberty" (laff) are trying to make states like, well all the SE USA unlivable for normal people. These anti-Wokies are worse than the Wokies. Banning books in the name of free speech? How 'conservative'.
WRT Wehle's article:
Does anyone imagine/believe that Trump was the only corporate/plutocrat type that got away with a ton of crap because he had the money/influence to get the court system to (not) work for him?
This ties in, tangentially, with all the dirt about legislators trading in stocks?
WHY are these people allowed to own stocks or trade in them ITFP, in anything other than a blind trust? It's like saying, go ahead and be corrupt.
But we know who writes the laws, eh?
The people that write and enforce laws should not be allowed to write the laws that govern their own behavior in office or to be the agents that enforce those laws. Just like the police should not be policing themselves, nor lawyers or judges policing themselves.
So where has this guy been for the last 20 years, that he thinks going to a drag show with your family is over the top scandalous? I guess he has never heard of Hamburger Mary's.
What the tweet really shows is just how isolated and out of the mainstream these folks are.
In 1910, my grandfather, a college graduate from Birmingham AL, could no longer remain in that city.
His ancestors had been one of the first families of Jones Valley. Woodlawn, a section of Birmingham, was carved out of Wood acreage, where the scion grew up.
The reason Burda Harrison Wood (now there is a Southern name!) moved to NYC was becuase he could no longer live among residents with parochial ignorance and outright racism legalized as "separate, but equal."
Perhaps he was most brokenhearted by his Southern Baptist church that was instrumental in the latter.
The violence of the KKK was accepted as an "unofficial miltia"
to ensure "the coloreds" were kept in their place during his early lifetime there.
I offer this as a perspective that not much has changed in parts of the South and elsewhere in 110 years.
The notion (and optimism) that Trumpism will die off after the Sessionist-in-Chief slips his mortal coil is a fantasy.
Paranoia and guns will be with our culture for decades to come.
As H. Rap Brown (a student civil rights leader in the 1960s and 1970s) offered at a press conference 50+ years ago...
"Violence is as American as cherry pie."
RE: Republicans get ready to offer more thoughts and prayers.
If these guys were smart, they'd just form a group of designated thinkers and prayer offerors. Sort of a T&P Rapid Response Team. Just keep them on call like any other SWAT team.
Of course, there's the issue of having to engage in regular training in order to keep their skills honed and ready in between deployments.
Nah, you can scratch that last part. The regularity of their duties will more than suffice. And the skillset required to be a certified and competent asshole is pretty durable once acquired anyway.
Taking a break from politics and MAGA for the moment, in advance of tomorrow's activities, to express my thankfulness to everyone at The Bulwark and, just as much, to all of you, for the many articulate and insightful thoughts and ideas that we have exchanged in our time here.
Because of you all I am much better informed and much more aware than I was before coming here, and I appreciate each of you for what you have contributed to our community. Thank you for your constructive comments, thoughtful replies, and endurance of my ramblings and occasional rants as we try to come to terms with the many significant changes and happenings around us.
Wishing one and all a safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday, and the gift of time, to spend with loved family and friends as you see fit and on yourselves as well, to keep the stress down and your morale up. Our work continues as we seek to make the world around us a better place.
Tump-Lake 2024. That sounds like a dream ticket .... for democrats. I'd love to see it. Let's have the truth right out there on the ballot. The truth about the republican party is that it's dominated by people who think pretty much like Lake and Trump, but talk out the sides of their mouths. Stand up the GOP right there in all its sordid glory, where we can see and hear and appreciate what it really is. Where we can get a clear shot at it and finish it off.
I seem to recall that notorious groomer Bugs Bunny might have donned drag a few times as well...IN A CHILDREN'S CARTOON!! -- and you can still stream those old Looney Tunes on HBO MAX. Clearly the apocalypse is nigh.
Amen to the article about the world cup and the Olympics.
Perhaps the 'west' just needs to pull out of those groups and start their own.