May 23, 2022
Robert Hubbell is performing a key role in pointing out how "The Mainstream Media" seems determined to endlessly exaggerate the difficulties faced by Democratic candidates this year, while ignoring how every Republican who gains a contested nomination
has to pay obeisance to what 65% of voters KNOW to be a lie. We can't let this absurd imbalance deter us from making a massive effort over the next six months to defeat the Trump idolators and to preserve American democracy for the coming generations. That this stark contrast must be presented to all American voters is NOT hyperbole, it is reality.
I, too, am outraged, let alone deeply concerned, by the despicable scandals Robert cites that he rightfully claims have not been subject to sufficient critical scrutiny. I also trust that fellow subscribers will comment on the horrific consequences of not subjecting the words and deeds of these Republicans to such scrutiny.
I wish, instead, to present a different list, a list of hugely popular bills drafted by House Democrats over the past 16 months and opposed by nearly every House Republican. Here are some of them (Source: Mehdi Hasan):
1) A bill to give money to the FDA to help tackle the baby formula shortage
2) A bill to increase resources against domestic terrorism
3) A bill to crack down on price gouging by all companies
4) A bill to increase funding to areas of persistent poverty
5) A bill to provide billions in relief to restaurants and small businesses hit hard by the pandemic
6) A bill to cap the price of insulin
7) A bill to help veterans exposed to burn pits
8) A bill to increase American competition with China
9) A bill to extend child tax credits, establish universal Pre-K, and give Seniors free hearing aids
10) A bill to codify Roe v Wade into law and prevent premature births
11) A bill to strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965
12) A bill to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act
13) A bill to bring in new background checks for private gun sales
14) A bill to send $1,400 checks to ordinary Americans
15) A bill to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
Considering the vast majority of House Republicans, “in their nihilism and denialism,” voted against each and every one of those hugely popular bills, Hasan notes that maybe House Democrats, and not Mehdi Hasan on Cable, should repeatedly be amplifying the legislation they were able to deliver despite nearly every House Republican voting against it. Similarly, Senate Democrats should express in full detail the legislation they would have advanced had it not been blocked, mostly by Republicans.
Florida desperately needs to replace Marco Rubio with Val Demings. He is ineffectual, better known for his inappropriate Biblical quotes on Twitter than any action to improve lives here in Florida. Val Demings was a shining star as the impeachment manager in the first trial of Trump. She’s intelligent, experienced, & knowledgeable.
Regarding today’s post, it is accurate & timely. It is frustrating to see what the Republicans do, & are not called out for, plus, as you point out, one short-lived scandal is replaced by the next, with biased reporting by the MSM. It reminds me of the endless coverage of Trump which contributed to his election as President. Thank you.
I am old and my outrage meter has been high since Ronnie, but hit max with chump where it stays stuck. I have watched the inmates take over the asylum with self-righteous pride in their evil strategy. I have protested, donated and screamed to the high heavens while people around me debate Dancing With The Stars. We seem to be on the Titanic, yet I try…
To your advice on not losing our capacity for outrage, I add “don't just stand there and whine do something to make a positive difference.”
I see too many who feel overwhelmed by the daily outrage pushed at them. They are still trying to comprehend what to do about yesterday’s trauma when they learn of something else requiring their outrage. My own advice to them is decide one thing you believe you can do something about, preferably on a local or perhaps state level and focus on that with a precise laser like focus. Gather others to help with that one thing. There will be plenty of time to take on additional challenges after you have addressed the first challenge.
If you instead simply focus on the latest outrage you are unlikely to accomplish much of anything and only damage your mental and emotional health.
I have been full of outrage since before the 2016 election. My own sister tells me to chill out because nothing we can do will help. I will not turn off my outrage until our democracy is safe. Outrage takes its toll, but I will not give up.
Glad you put a question mark after your title for this piece, Robert. I would have titled it "Outrage simmering just below the surface ready to explode" ... and using an explanation point! It's 5 am here and my outrage is palpable and keeping me awake livid with simmering outrage. The media is a major part of the problem now -- even the so called liberal press. Even MSNBC in the lead-in photos for their highlights articles on Youtube show TRUMP eight times for every picture of President Biden. I counted. Talk about obsequious obeyance of the media to the ugliest person (inside and out) in the world. Republicans are doing a great job of villifying Biden with the media as willing accomplices. I believe women's rights will be the decisive issue turning outrage into voter turnout. I was hopeful when George Floyd's death felt like the beginning of a movement with people of all races and backgrounds joining together. Alas, the media made that a circus. Now I'm feeling a certainty that women's rights are being seen as human rights and the outrage that started with racial justice will explode into a movement despite the media and turn out voters in November. We, the people, ALL OF US this time!
Let's not forget the repeated stink of corruption that a new Trump administration would certainly usher in. Read this NYT article about how Trump's son-in-law and Treasury Secretary were out soliciting investors for their post administration funds (all the while joining in the Big Lie chorus). Vote decency, vote Democrat!
per NYT: "Kushner’s and Mnuchin’s Quick Pivots to Business With the Gulf. Weeks before the Trump administration ended, Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin met with future investors on official trips to the Middle East."
More than your arms must have been tired, Robert. The story you cited was from NYT, not WAPO, and the quote came not from a Republican voter, but from Rep. Carolyn Bordeaux, a wonderful congresswoman who may be defeated tomorrow, because another fine congresswoman, Lucy McBath, chose to run in Carolyn’s redrawn, more Democratic-favorable district rather than her much more challenging one. (So Democrats will lose one admirable legislator when they might—not probably, but possibly—have had two.)
But tired as you might have been, you certainly got it right that it is up to us to carry the outrage, AND to make it clear that we do. I’m going to suggest to my senators (Warren and Markey) that they bring a resolution to censure Sen. Cassidy. And I wonder how many thousand members of the Supreme Court bar we could get to sign a petition for Justice Thomas to recuse himself from all cases involving Jan. 6. (Indeed, he ought to recuse himself from all cases involving the Trump maladministration,)
Robert it sounds like you had a tiring bit rewarding weekend with your grandchildren who in essence are the future of our country and for whom in part you write. For months I have been looking for the outrage and just last night had a discussion about that issue with friends. Our bottom line is that most voters are over whelmed with the volume of Republican anti everything and own the libs diarrhea and almost daily stories about corruption and misleads by the Trump Administration and media negativity towards the Biden Administration. We feel most people don’t feel themselves the threat to Democracy and what it means to their everyday lives. We as a group feel that there is quiet outrage brewing and total discuss with Republican candidates and their racists rhetoric. We think many people are keeping their views to themselves and that come November will quietly vote and make their outrage known. As the Edition stated there is something happening everyday that could influence the election but we can never forget that midterms are local and that is where the focus needs to be. I hope we are right.
“The wife of a supreme court justice participated in an attempted coup. That fact is outrageous and should matter to every American and should remain on the front pages of every newspaper in America until the justice resigns or recuses himself from all election-related cases.”
We need a simple postcard campaign, sent to SCOTUS.
JUSTICE ( and Ginnie) THOMAS SHOULD RESIGN !
Robert, you and Jill are awesome grandparents ! Little Mermaid is a classic :) Although a book based on a half-woman/half fish would probably be banned here in Florida !
Although slightly off-topic I want to comment on the CPAC/Carlson/Hungary point. I am tired of hearing all the First Amendment purists talk about speech being the best antedate to hateful speech. Or how important it is to open yourself to opposing ideas. Blah blah blah. When Hitler told Germans in the mid-30’s that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems he didn’t need to say: Go out and kill them. He KNEW to a moral certainty that there were lots of Germans who would do just that. Today, in America, advocates of the replacement ideology say: We are innocent of Buffalo because WE don’t suggest violence. But, like Hitler, they know perfectly well the consequences of their words. I don’t have an easy answer to the very real First Amendment concerns. But for once let’s talk about the REAL issues. One thing we can say for sure: The authors of the First Amendment did not imagine a world in which hateful, inciting, or any, speech would be costless, instantaneous, and capable of reaching the whole country in a few seconds, with the click of a mouse. (Please no responses about guns being the problem. I agree that they are A problem, but let’s stick to the First Amendment issues.)
Please don’t forget to add Tim Ryan to your donor list. He has a good chance of beating that complete phony JD Vance in the Ohio Senate race.
Thank you Ellie Kona for the Contact info for important campaigns in Pennsylvania, North Carolina & Oregon. Also $upporting "Dr. Bob" Lorinser in Michigan's 1st District; Dr. Bob's soliciations double as substantive Campaign Updates.
Don’t forget Mark Kelly in AZ
My outrage, which has been eating at me for years now, has bought me counseling and Zoloft. But I think the only thing that will help is winning the midterms. I walk around outraged all the time. The thing that helps most is my work against these traitors of which there is plenty with multiple organizations, but then most of you probably know this. I am starting to be outraged by PBS too. Judy Woodruff’s intonation is damning when she talks of inflation or the size of BBB. But I just can’t understand that dems can’t fight against this messaging. I am desperate already!