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the election

Why Do We Let the Big Lie of a Stolen Election Stand?

Yes, probe the attack on Congress, but we need to expose the election's Big Lie

To examine the "facts and causes" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a commission like that which investigated the 9/11 attacks. House members on the left and right have already drawn up separate bills prescribing who would choose commission members. Skeptics wonder how non-partisan members can possibly be found in today's polarized climate.

There is already disagreement. Democrats want to stack the deck with seven of their own on the commission against four Republicans, with
only the Democrats granted subpoena power. "Partisan by design" said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, correctly. If the Democrats' design were to go forward, the commission's findings would be written off as rigged.

Republicans want to restrict the inquiry to just the events of January 6th. Democrats want to probe domestic extremism at large. In turn, Republicans will insist on the right to investigate left-wing violent groups. Missing from either draft is a provision requiring that none of the commission panelists be current politicians, that all should be several years removed from government to maximally purge today's toxic partisanship. Imagine a commission disrupted by gaslighters like Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Josh Hawley.

barking up the wrong tree

Learning what went wrong on that January day — the dysfunction in the security services that caused the Capitol to be poorly defended, the threat posed by white supremacist terror groups, their planning and coordination in the days leading up to the assault — all is of fundamental importance. But much is already known. After all, the insurrection was televised, its slogans and banners for all to see. In our selfie age the rioters filmed their own attack, handing the FBI footage to identify perpetrators and evidence to open some 400 cases against…

constitution

The Electoral College Has Got to Go.
But We’ll Never Get Rid of It

Consider this: Donald Trump's insistence that the election was rigged, his claim of millions of fraudulent ballots, his re-election campaign filing some 60 lawsuits to overturn the election in key states, his suborning of state legislators to choose a slate of electors voting the opposite of how the people of their state voted, his attempt to lure Electoral College appointees to do the same,

his tweeting "Big project in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!", The Washington Post reporting that "The Proud Boys, members of armed right-wing groups, conspiracy theorists and white supremacists all have pledged to attend" and "far-right demonstrators workshopping ways to smuggle guns into the District", and now asking Georgia's secretary of state "to find 11,780…

history

Trump’s Parting Advice? We Need a Patriotic Education

One could hardly imagine a greater dichotomy than Donald Trump setting up a commission to espouse "patriotic education" to restore American reverence of the nation's fundamental mores, versus same Donald Trump a few months later inciting an insurrection to overthrow the newly elected president so he could retain power.

The president announced in September the formation of the "1776 Commission" charged with developing a "pro-American curriculum"
that would put an end to the "twisted web of lies" taught in our schools about slavery, racism, the sordid episodes of our history, saying that "teaching this horrible doctrine to our children is a form of child abuse".

Trump demanded that the commission turn in its report before he left office, which it did with no moments to spare, despite its members having been named only a month earlier. None were historians.

The commission's title gives away that the motive was to counteract the New York Times' "1619 Project", born in a special August 2019 issue of the newspaper's Sunday magazine and filled with essays to make the case that the nation's founding was really in that year, when the first slaves were landed on these shores in Virginia. First, a look at that.

"The 1619 Project" starts out aggressively, opening with

"Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. Black Americans fought to make them true. Without this struggle America would have no democracy at all."

Slaves on the plantations growing rice and cotton at world competitive prices were the foundation of American capitalism. The "strenuous…

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fascism

A Fascist Symbol Boldly Displayed at Conservative Convention

Over the past year we began filling a file of incidents, statements, policies in the Trump ambit that had seeming fascist overtones. Charlottesville, of course, Trump's signaling the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by", and so on. Thinking it too inconclusive, we never wrote it up.

But the president's campaign of lies to claim a fraudulent election culminating with his telling the faithful to come to Washington, to "Be there, will be wild" on January 6th, and the elements attracted by the president's call, made it clear that Trump was turning a corner for the Republican Party, and he continues to lead it.

On the last day of February the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), a must-attend for all on the right to show their bona fides, held its annual get together in Orlando, its usual locus, D.C., having become to fraught with risk (see above). It was discovered that the design of the stage was in the same pattern as an "odal rune" (photo next page).
Variations on the odal rune symbol
and World War II units that wore them..

Derived from languages such as Old High German and relating to nobility, inheritance, and landowning from a time when the Teutonic landscape was filled with hundreds of principalities and…

economics

Biden Wants a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage. Good Idea?

With Republicans in control of the Senate for the last six years, and Mitch McConnell thwarting its consideration, raising the national minimum wage ceased to be a topic. That has left the minimum stranded at $7.25 since 2009, equating to less than $15,000 for a year of 40-hour work weeks. That's anyone's definition of poverty level.

Update: Feb. 27: The Senate's parliamentarian has ruled that the minimum wage increase cannot be a part of Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion relief act if the "reconciliation" rule is to be used for its passage by a filibuster-proof simple majority. That leaves the question of whether Biden will pursue a minimum wage increase and of a lower amount for it to possibly surmount a Republican filibuster.
    

Senate control has shifted and President Biden is passionate to raise the minimum to $15 an hour. Not all at once. He proposes a schedule of incremental increases across the next five years, with the minimum indexed to the median wage of all workers thereafter. That corrects a
The Fight for $15 movement began in 2012
when two hundred fast-food workers walked
off the job to demand $15 an hour and union
rights in New York City. They are now a
global movement in over 300 cities on six
continents in support of underpaid workers
of every sort.

failure of the current law. Its fixed minimum has seen the buying power of $7.25 slip to only $5.66 even with mild inflation.

Behind the move in the midst of a pandemic is the strong sentiment that the true heroes, those who have worked in public places with high contact, caregivers to the old, supermarket workers supplying us with food, are to be…

Americans

Popular Delusions and the Madness of Trump

77%  of Republicans believe there was widespread fraud in the presidential election says a Quinnipiac poll. A Reuters poll says about half of all Republicans believe President Donald Trump “rightfully won” the election but that it was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud. Those percentages applied to the over 73 million who voted for Trump say that plus or minus 50 million Americans think — and will go on thinking — that Joe Biden is an illegitimate president. How did this happen?



Christopher Krebs, Trump's own appointee to run the unit of the Department of Homeland Security that oversees elections, had worked with election officials in all 50 states. He concluded that the 2020 election "was the most secure in American history" with no “evidence that any voting system deleted or lost… Read More »

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