10 thoughts on “Modern American politics

  1. Abuelita says:

    ¿Felicidades? Más bien gracias a Dios

    El Partido Republicano se está preparando para utilizar las conversaciones sobre el límite de la deuda del próximo año para potencialmente mantener a la economía como rehén a fin de recortar programas cruciales contra la pobreza como el Seguro Social, según una nueva entrevista con el segundo republicano en el Senado. https://truthout.org/articles/high-ranking-senate-republican-reveals-gop-plan-to-slash-social-security/

  2. Cracker Jack says:

    Former President Barack Obama returned to Georgia on Thursday to speak in support of Sen. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat who narrowly won in the state’s January 2021 runoff.
    Reading from a black binder about Warnock’s vote history in the Senate, Obama fired up the crowd about “what’s at stake” in the Dec. 6 runoff election, warning about “the difference between 50 and 51” seats for Democrats — which, as he put it, is “a lot.”
    “You have the power to determine the course of this country,” Obama said, later mentioning the possibility of Republicans passing a national abortion ban in the future if they retake control of the Senate in 2024, when the map favors the GOP.
    “If voters here in Georgia had stayed home two years ago, Republicans would have kept control of the Senate and they would have blocked every single piece of legislation that President Biden and Democrats passed,” Obama said. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/01/obama-warnock-georgia-senate-rally-00071784
    p/s: last Thursday was the 67th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to get up from a bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama.

  3. ¡Babalu! says:

    “What a 51-49 Senate majority means for Democrats” (and America) https://www.cnn.com/2022/12/06/politics/senate-democrats-majority-advantages/index.html
    …but of course control of the Senate means nothing if you embrace the conceit that there’s no real difference between Democrat and Republican governance.

    ‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.’ Pericles (c. 495~429 BC)

  4. Stay tuned says:

    The politics of Kyrsten Sinema’s party switch https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/12/09/what-sinema-party-switch-means/
    Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper whether her move would change the balance of power in the Senate, she responded, “that’s kind of a D.C. thing to worry about.”
    This question doesn’t immediately matter when it comes to whether Democrats will retain the Senate majority, but it does matter. They will have at least a 50-49 edge as long as Sinema doesn’t caucus with the GOP.
    If Sinema doesn’t caucus with Democrats, it would mean that even one vacancy in the wrong place — rather than two — could feasibly hand Republicans the majority. Currently, 11 Democratic senators come from states with a GOP governor who could appoint a Republican replacement.
    In any case this move makes personal sense for Sinema if she runs again, and runs as an independent. She has alienated many Democratic voters in Arizona by resisting moves like nixing the filibuster and by standing in the way of some key agenda items for President Biden. It’s to the point where she would have had a very difficult time winning a primary, if she ran.
    Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) said Sinema is “putting her own interests” ahead of those of Arizona voters.

  5. Sausage factory says:

    A pair of progressive organizations operating in complete secrecy spearheaded a $32 million campaign across a host of battleground states during the midterms to push back against former President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” movement by
    support voting access and election infrastructure. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/12/12/midterm-election-trump-maga-00073354
    “The effort, first reported by POLITICO, was undertaken by two newly created groups: Pro-Democracy Center and Pro-Democracy Campaign. Those groups operated in states across the country as the election system faced unprecedented pressure from Trump and his allies, who falsely said that the 2020 election was stolen.
    …In addition to the $32 million PDC (Pro-Democracy Center and Pro-Democracy Campaign) directly funneled, it also steered an additional $16 million directly from other funders to partner groups as well. Both numbers were provided to POLITICO by PDC.
    As one point of comparison: The Conservative Partnership Institute, which has served as a hub of Trump allies — including attorney Cleta Mitchell, who was on the call where Trump tried to pressure Georgia officials to overturn the 2020 election — brought in $45 million in 2021, according to tax documents shared with the money-in-politics focused publication Sludge.”

  6. RICO says:

    “Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) this week referred to the various GOP factions meeting weekly to discuss strategy for when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives as “the five families.”
    “The five families ― you know the reference ― the five families are parts of our conference, all the different parts,” the extremist congresswoman told former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on his “War Room” show.
    “We are coming together and having discussions on how we are going to govern in the majority,” said Greene. “And it’s literally my favorite meeting of the week.”
    Greene didn’t explain her “five families” reference, but it was more than likely an allusion to the mob.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Lucchese-crime-family#ref1305799

  7. Stay tuned says:

    ‘You’re finished’: Mike Rogers’ stern warning to Republican rebel Matt Gaetz when he furiously lunged at him as Congress descended into chaos and Kevin McCarthy was FINALLY elected Speaker https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11609657/Mike-Rogers-sends-stern-warning-Republican-Matt-Gaetz-coming-blows-Congress.html Stills and video of the cage fight included

    Jeffery Lebowski on the subject of Nihilists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_29yvYpf4w

  8. Oofty Goofty says:

    Jim Jordan Defends Physical Altercation on House Floor: ‘Exactly How the Founders Intended It’
    The congressman offered an odd defense of the confrontation between GOP Reps. Mike Rogers and Matt Gaetz https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/jim-jordan-defends-altercation-house-floor-founders-1234657591/
    Rep. Chip Roy, one of the Republican who had been opposed to McCarthy, tried to paint the fight in a positive light, saying on Sunday, “Some of the tensions you saw on display when we saw some of the interactions there between Mike Rogers and Matt Gaetz, we need a little of that, we need a little of this breaking the glass.”

    On May 22, 1856, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, South Carolina Democratic congressman Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner nearly to death with a cane on the Senate floor after Sumner delivered an anti-slavery speech, “The Crime Against Kansas.” https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/minute/The_Caning_of_Senator_Charles_Sumner.htm
    The beating nearly killed Sumner and contributed significantly to the country’s polarization over the issue of slavery. It has been considered symbolic of the “breakdown of reasoned discourse” and the use of violence that eventually led to the Civil War.

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