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Lucy, the Football, and "Bipartisanship"

Thom plus logo Biden needs to avoid the old rope-a-dope

"Bipartisanship" is the word of the day. But what the hell does that mean?

News commentators are asking Democrats on TV, as happened to Patrick Leahy on CNN this morning, "Without bipartisanship, won't will further divide the country?"

As Texas Shows, the GOP Big Lie Strategy has Already Destroyed Much of America

Thom plus logo When politics are based on lies, fascism thrives
  • Republicans and their media are lying right now about why people are dying from the cold in Texas.
  • The GOP has been embracing lies instead of policy since the Reagan Revolution.
  • It's become a way of life for Republican politicians.
  • As a consequence, Republican voters are among the most misinformed people in America.
  • When the electorate believes lies, democracy doesn't work.
  • The Libertarian billionaires who own the Republican Party don't believe in democracy, so this is working out exactly the way they want.
  • This is a formula for the destruction of democracy and the rise of fascism.

Democrats Should Add Three States Now: Turnabout, as the old saying goes, is fair play

Thom plus logo And Dems should channel GOP talking points from when that Party added four states.
  • By 2040, 50% of America will live in 8 democratically-controlled states and only be represented by 16 out of 100 US Senators, creating an unbeatable majority for the GOP.
  • During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln & the GOP added Nevada, for purely partisan reasons, when it didn't qualify as a state. They did it again with Colorado and both Dakotas, just to add Republicans to the Senate.
  • Adding Washington DC and Puerto Rico as states will not only help the senate reflect who America is, but also gives representation to Americans who currently have no voice.
  • With a balanced Senate, impeachment, Medicare For All, the end of student debt and a Green New Deal would all be done.

Our Fossil Fuel Addiction is leading to "Bomb Cyclones" & Famines

Thom plus logo This week's wild weather is a glimpse of what's to come if we don't get our carbon omissions under control.

Famine, already stalking humans across the globe, could soon appear right here at home and in Europe, and this week's wild weather is a small taste of how it would play out.

It all tracks back to our fossil fuel addiction, which has been warming our atmosphere since the 1860s, and is now messing with atmospheric and oceanic rivers of warm and cold water and air.

Full-Blown Fascism: Is America Teetering on the Brink?

Thom plus logo You can only see fascism in the rear-view mirror and then it's too late…

History shows that most democratic nations don't realize how serious their fascism problem is until it overtakes them altogether. We saw it in the 1930s in Italy, Germany, Spain and Japan; today it's happened in Hungary, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, The Philippines and Brazil, and is well underway in Poland, India and multiple smaller countries.

Here in America, the GOP today has a serious fascism problem, and it's endangering all of us. It's closer than most of us realize.

Democrats Must Unpack the Courts Now

Thom plus logo After 6 years of McConnell's court-packing, we must restore balance to the federal judiciary

Unable to win a majority of votes nationally or in most states, Republicans have resorted to gerrymandering, voter suppression and the federal court system to promote their racist, misogynistic, anti-labor, monopolist and pro-billionaire policies.

Did Trump Think His Mob Had Taken Pence Hostage?

Thom plus logo Was his tweet a call to "take out" Pence?

What if Donald Trump actually hoped that his mob would murder Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi?

What if he believed such a crime would create a crisis big enough to let him declare a state of emergency, shut down the government for a transition period through that emergency, and retain his position as President moving into the new year?

Famous Medical Journal Calls Out the GOP Death Cult

Thom plus logo While the world is shocked, Americans are not — here's why…

The Lancet is arguably the most respected medical journal in the world. Founded in 1823, its reputation is impeccable and it only publishes science that's peer-reviewed and scientifically sound. Which is why their indictment of the last four years of Republican rule under Trump, McConnell, and McCarthy is particularly shocking.

Will History Judge GOP Senators Who Vote to Normalize Trump's Treason as Traitors Themselves?

Thom plus logo Do they really think a BJ is worse than insurrection?

Fascism is on the rise in America, and Republicans in the Senate will either take a big step to stop it, or become complicit in its continued rise.

Alarmingly, several Republican senators, all with presidential ambitions, are signaling with their behavior that fascism and overthrowing the United States government is really just fine with them. They may even consider it part of their own future career path.

The Real Reason the GOP Supports a Lying, Corrupt, Narcissistic, Failed Real Estate Hustler and Reality TV Star

Thom plus logo Will support for an unrepentant traitor be the final straw?

In the last half of the 1700s and early half of the 1800s, American conservatives promoted and clung to slavery; they even fought a Civil War to preserve it.

Throughout the second half of the 1800s and into the first half of the 20th century, American conservatives fought to keep racial segregation and to stop the rise of labor unions, all on behalf of the "billionaires" of their era, popularly called the Robber Barons.

They’re At It Again: The GOP is Demanding Biden Shoot Santa Claus

Thom plus logo Slippery Republicans who voted for Trump's stimulus are fighting Biden's stimulus…because an election is coming

There's a Democrat in the White House, so, predictably, Republicans are screaming that President Biden must shoot Santa: "No good things for Americans when a Democrat is in charge!"

If The Senate Trial Doesn't Blow Up The GOP's Big Lie — Democracy Is Doomed

Thom plus logo It's about more than just the impeachment of Trump

Republicans are arguing today that impeaching Donald Trump after he has left office is unconstitutional and makes no sense…because he's left office.

This just proves that they're operating in the interest of politics rather than the United States, and a couple of simple data points blow their argument all to hell.

The Commons: The Most Ignored & Essential Part of Democracy

Thom plus logo "Conservatives" don't want a discussion of the commons because they want to plunder it for private gain.

It's almost entirely absent from our political dialogue, but the issue of who owns the commons and how they're to be used (and by whom) is at the core of almost all the major debates between Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, and even those advocating democracy versus those trying to install oligarchy.

He Evaded Responsibility Far Longer Than Anybody Thought Possible

Thom plus logo For justice to prevail, even a "chosen one" who encouraged attacks on America must be held to account

He lied to his followers for years.

It's Time for a 74% Top Tax Bracket to Save America From Our Billionaire Problem

Thom plus logo The secret billionaires don't want you to know is that your pay won't change whether taxes go up or down

It's time to bring back the top 74% tax bracket that Ronald Reagan blew up, so average working people's wages can rise again and we can get our billionaire problem under control. It'll also enable America to return to the widespread growth and prosperity America saw before Reagan took a meat-axe to our economy.

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None Dare Call It Treason & Murder

Thom plus logo Americans "have got to know" if our last president conspired to commit treason and murder to end American democracy.

Did Donald Trump and some of the people around him conspire to have others murder the Vice President and Speaker of the House in order to hold power and conceal his crimes for another four years?

Time and evidence will eventually prove or disapprove that question, but the evidence before us right now is pretty grim.
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