July 1, 2022
Robert - Thanks! Sleep. Send the bug packing. If you need more than 48 hours, take more.
Todays edition for me highlights the overwhelming challenges the Democratic Party faces and raises the concern I have if the Democratic leadership has the both the political will and aggressiveness to make the tough decisions with the support of the entire party. To fix the monumental issues requires stronger leadership than we have exhibited to date. The Biden Administration has done a great job in managing the Ukrainian war by being out front with information to counteract the Russia propaganda and creating alliances with our Allies and by applying coordinated sanctions to create and leverage the collective powers of the alliance . Those same strategies are required to win the midterms starting with laying out in front to voters the plans the Democrats will employ to deal with abortion, gun control, climate change and individual rights. Make the plans simple and doable and easy to relate to in everyday life. Elect Democrats and this is what we will do with you together because if you don’t this is what freedoms you will lose. It’s. It not about inflation or the price of gas etc. They are small potatoes compared to the irreparable harm the Republicans are doing to our country.
"Per the WSJ,
'Democrats want to use the Jan. 6 investigation to paint the entire Republican Party as a gang of insurrectionist nuts. '"
Well, if the shoe fits . . . .
This old retired teacher is 75 today!
We have either made it through the worst or the worst is yet to come or somewhere in between. The future is hard to predict. Trumps allies are armed and dangerous. Fomenting confusion, chaos and mistrust will satisfy their ambitions for now.
Feel better and thank YOU for making us feel more optimistic.
First, I should say that I have been out of touch the last couple of days but want to extend my best thoughts to you for recovering from your Covid symptoms. Like many illnesses rest its the best aid.
I agree that the current Supreme Court has got to be one of the worst in history and their claim that they simply follow the literal language in the Constitution is nonsense. They simply pick and choose how they apply the language. I am also tempted to agree that enlarging the court will help correct the problem [presuming the new appointees do what would be expected]' I am not sure that is the way to go. I believe all that would do is set off a chain reaction so that whichever party is in control will do the same thing ultimately resulting in more members than the Senate or House and we all know how that is working out. Instead, we must figure out a way to get people to vote. That - hopefully - is really the ultimate solution [I admit that I am presuming that people will vote the way they poll.] The dems have to stop their infighting and figure out what it is that most people want even if less than what some seem to want. Most people are just not ready for major changes, instead change must be incremental. I am old and in poor health so admittedly cannot do some of the things I think need to be done like setting up carpools to help people register and then help with voting whether by mail., ballot box or in person. We probably should send volunteers door-to-door to help explain the issues and potential consequences of not voting. Enough of the "defunding the police" which is nonsensical. We should have learned by allowing the anti abortion crowd to claim the "right to life" slogan.
Ms Hutchinson deserves our admiration for doing what so many who are older and theoretically at least wiser won't do and that is stand up to the bullies and bigots who unfortunately seem to number in the millions. It seems like every time a Republican stands up they become a RINO. I just don't get it. We really are facing a big cult these days.
I feel sorry for my children and grandchildren. This is not what our country is supposed to be all about
This is Originalism at its worse. How out of touch and stupid are these SCOTUS judges? The writers
of the Constitution had no concept of climate change let alone the perils of climate change. Reversing the lower courts intelligent decision is nothing more than pure egocentric Originalist constitutional interpretation by the pathetic judges. The SCOTUS as helped to complete and legalize the GOP motto…..”Be born, be white, be Christian but then you’re on your own.
One again,…”I’m mad as hell”
Thank you again Robert for clarifying the despicable actions of the renegade court majority.
Please do rest well and sleep all you can!
May you get completely well very soon.
I want to suggest listening to the latest Ezra Klein podcast about the court. He talks with Jamal Greene. It is a replay because Klein considered it very relevant given what is playing out this week with court rulings in particular. This talk is very elucidating. Making comparisons between court systems in other countries and how rights are considered differently than in the US. Greene talks about a very different way to change the structure of the participants in the court that relieves the current problem of the Supreme Court consisting of judges who are locked into a perspective creating a lack of discourse and true consideration of issues before the court.
Excellent article on the Constitution by Jamelle Bouie today in the NYT.
Robert-- Thank you for perservering through this evening. The audio quality was best ever! Get well soon. Floyd Flanagan
Looking down the road, I wonder if the Court will tell a President that he does not have legal authority to nationalize a state militia or police?
The January 6th Committee may have a significant effect on the North Carolina re-districting case. That’s because the “ independent state legislature” hooey is largely a product of Republican attempts to reverse the 2020 election. As the committee shows the corruption at work ever more clearly, we may hope that at least one of the yahoos on the Supreme Court decides that the North Carolina case would be a bridge too far.
Audio quality is much better, sounded like you were sitting across from me at the dinner table. As always, thank you and to a speedy recovery.
Sleep well! Best thing there is for Covid-afflicted bodies.
You should rest! We need to ti keep
Writing. Get better.