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wdlindsy

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Interested in building a better world and standing in solidarity with others who share that goal.

For biographical information, please see https://toad.social/@wdlindsy/109539508828689842

"Writing is the way I fight." ~ James Cone

#solidarity #democracy #HumanRights #LGBTQ

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What people seem not to be thinking about with Trump's choice of J.D. Vance as his running mate is that Vance became Catholic to great media fanfare in 2019.

The white Catholic vote is critical in the swing states that will determine who wins the White House.

The Catholic archbishop of Milwaukee, Listecki, gave the opening prayer at the Republican national convention.

The Supreme Court is controlled by a bloc of right-wing Catholics.


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"A Catholic priest under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct with multiple women – and consequently prohibited from ministering in two states – has been charged with illegally possessing child abuse imagery depicting girls.

Anthony Odiong was arrested Tuesday as he was leaving his home in Ave Maria, Florida, on a warrant obtained by police in Waco, Texas…."

~ Ramon Antonio Vargas


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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/16/catholic-priest-charged

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Vargas' report features a video showing Father Odiong preaching a homily in November 2023 in which he refers to members of the LGBTQ+ community as "monkeys and animals and chimpanzees."

As Vargas notes,

"He was able to build a loyal following in the US in large part by claiming he had a special understanding with the Virgin Mary through prayer. The charismatic clergyman would hold so-called healing masses…."


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"Like many Supreme Court cases in recent years, the key to reading Cannon’s opinion is to refuse to engage with it as a piece of serious legal analysis.

Instead, it should be read as what it is: an expression of pure power, the kind that knows there’s no consequence for its misuse. That’s why Cannon can breezily dispose of decades of precedent about special counsel appointments: Who’s going to stop her?"

~ Lisa Needham

https://www.publicnotice.co/p/aileen-cannon-jack-smith-unconstitutional

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"She looked at the law and went 180 degrees from it to rule in Trump’s favor. She assessed the issue here in a way that no other court to consider the constitutionality of appointing a special counsel has. And although she wrote that her ruling applied only in this case, that’s not how precedent works."

~ Joyce Vance


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https://joycevance.substack.com/p/a-bad-decision

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"In any other country, we would recognize Cannon’s actions—dismissing a major criminal case against a presidential candidate on the first day of his party’s convention—to be part of an ongoing constitutional coup. Even more so if that judge had been placed on the court by the defendant after he had lost his re-election bid…."

~ Michael Podhorzer


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https://www.weekendreading.net/p/oops-they-did-it-again

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"Judge Aileen Cannon is not smart enough to come up with the idea of ignoring controlling precedent to hold that special counsel Jack Smith’s appointment violates the Constitution. Instead, she received not-so-subtle tutoring from six reactionary justices on the US Supreme Court who have signaled that judicial precedent has the binding force of fairy tales…."

~ Robert B. Hubbell


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https://roberthubbell.substack.com/p/the-education-of-aileen-cannon

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"It’s a weak-on-the-law ruling for which Chief Justice John Roberts deserves a not insignificant amount of blame — despite his name not appearing once in her 93-page opinion.

~ Chris Geidner


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https://www.lawdork.com/p/cannon-dismisses-mar-a-lago-case

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"Roberts has led the Supreme Court into an era in which precedent can selectively be ignored, eviscerated, or overruled when it gets in the way of conservatives’ goals. That, in turn, has led lower court judges to feel that they have been given power to do the same — predicting, in essence, the precedents that they believe the current court would ignore.

This is not how the law is to work."


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"Judge Aileen Cannon ran her courtroom in Fort Pierce, Florida, like a massage parlor for one of Jeffrey Epstein’s best friends, and on Monday she wrapped up her special service when she dismissed all charges against Donald Trump in his trial for stealing and mishandling classified documents and obstructing the government’s attempts to recover them."

~ Lucian K. Truscott


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https://luciantruscott.substack.com/p/bye-bye-aileen

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“This afternoon, in the hall of the RNC convention, attendees chanted, ‘Fight, fight, fight,’ as they punched an arm in the air, in an eerie echo of Germany in the 1930s.”

~ Heather Cox Richardson

https://open.substack.com/pub/heathercoxrichardson/p/july-15-2024

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"Clarence Thomas has struck again.

To his impressive list of recent supreme court victories – abolishing the right to an abortion, eradicating affirmative action, undermining federal regulations, and more – the ultraconservative justice can now add thwarting the criminal prosecution of Donald Trump for hoarding classified documents."

~ Ed Pilkington

#ClarenceThomas #Trump #AileenCannon
#corruption #NationalSecurity

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/15/clarence-thomas-trump-classified-documents-case

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"There has been much skepticism about whether Trump would or could actually implement the scarier elements of Project 2025. Vance’s selection should put those doubts to rest. If Trump wins, Vance will be the frontrunner for the GOP nomination and will be judged on his ability to make American MAGA."

~ Dan Pfeiffer


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https://www.messageboxnews.com/p/trump-picked-vance-to-make-project

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"Presumably, Trump picked Vance for his vice president because Vance has publicly said he’d do what Mike Pence refused to do — overturn democracy to place America under MAGA control."

~ Robert Reich


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https://robertreich.substack.com/p/jd-vance-is-unqualified

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"If there was any question about what the rest of this campaign is going to be like, I think we got the answer with the selection of JD Vance. Vance is no dummy and he is probably the most revanchist nationalist choice Trump could have made."

~ Josh Marshall


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https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/vance-it-is

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"With comprehensive and ominous plans such as Project 2025 already in place, the prospects of going back to a once-familiar democratic landscape were dim. Now with JD Vance as Trump’s pick for VP, that possibility is nearly nonexistent."

~ Jemar Tisby


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https://jemartisby.substack.com/p/what-jd-vance-as-trumps-vp-means

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"The GOP has long been the party of fear, and this [picking of Vance as v-p candidate] is a wise strategy: Conservatives are a pretty fearful bunch, which is why they’re also the party of God and guns and tough-on-crime and tall border walls."

~ Jill Filipovic


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https://jill.substack.com/p/what-jd-vance-means-for-america

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"The selection of J.D. Vance confirms that the Trump movement now is a full-on authoritarian movement. There are no excuses for the many varieties of acquiescent Trump supporters and enablers failing to see that. …

The selection of Vance is an alarm bell in the night."

~ William Kristol


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https://www.thebulwark.com/p/the-authoritarian-ticket

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"Since he made his abrupt appearance on the American public stage by selling out his relatives for a meretricious bestseller and then selling his soul to venture vampire Peter Thiel, there have been few politicians in American history who’ve marked themselves as a complete ’ho faster than J.D. Vance."

~ Charles Pierce


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https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a61603408/donald-trump-vp-2024-election/

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"The Republican nominee could have picked a woman or person of colour but opted for what looks like an unapologetic play for even more white male support. …

While Trump plays on the sympathy vote after Saturday’s shooting, Vance can throw red meat to the base and assure them that Maga is as extreme ever."

~ David Smith


/8

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/jul/15/jd-vance-trump-analysis

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“Masking corruption under the guise of anticorruption is a hallmark strategy in fascist propaganda.”

~ Jason Stanley, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them (NY: Random House, 2018,), p. 27


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https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586030/how-fascism-works-by-jason-stanley/

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“Post-truth is pre-fascism.”

~ Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (NY: Tim Duggan Books, 2017), p. 71


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https://timothysnyder.org/on-tyranny

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@rvinson Thank you for that valuable quotation.

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"[Aileen Cannon's bombshell ruling on day 1 of the GOP convention and two days after the attempt on Trump's life is] hilarious because it is unbelievably hubristic. The only credible future for Judge Cannon now is Trump’s first SCOTUS appointment in a second term."

~ Marcy Wheeler

https://www.emptywheel.net/2024/07/15/aileen-cannon-dismisses-stolen-documents-case-based-on-special-counsel-appointment/

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@1dalm I'd like to hope so. I think it remains to be seen what will happen. The Supreme Court, especially eminently corrupt Justice Thomas, have put a hammer into Aileen Cannon's hand, though, and she seems willing to wield it in the belief she's beyond accountability. She now parses the Constitution for all of us, she'd have us believe — an astonishingly hubristic claim.

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@jenzi Indeed.

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@1dalm I definitely hope so, as I say.

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"Conservative lawmakers and activists have opened up a Pandora’s box of dirty tricks in every state where abortion is on or heading towards the ballot. …

When tricking voters doesn’t work, anti-abortion activists are turning to intimidation."

~ Jessica Valenti

https://jessica.substack.com/p/the-will-of-the-people-except-on

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"From encouraging his supporters to beat up protesters at his rallies, to invoking the possibility of 'Second Amendment people' attacking Hillary Clinton, to glorifying police brutality, to inciting an insurrection, to suggesting military leaders he doesn’t like should be executed, to mocking Paul Pelosi after he was assaulted by one of his supporters —"

~ Aaron Rupar


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https://www.publicnotice.co/p/trump-shooting-butler-pennsylvania

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@pinkdrunkenelephants Situations of political turbulence and confusion commonly open the door to trolls, many of whom pretend to be wearing clothes of the left while their real goal is to promote the politics of the hard-right. Not a few of these folks are paid by disinformation factories in places that want democracy destabilized.

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@pinkdrunkenelephants Once you choose the path of violence as a "solution" to the problem of achieving good for a nation, you've departed from the good.

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"Two years ago, Congress considered banning 18-20 year-olds from buying AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles after the Uvalde massacre, and some Republicans were briefly open to doing so but ultimately blocked including a ban in the bipartisan gun bill signed by Biden."

~ Steven Dennis quoted by Greg Dworkin


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https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/7/15/2254286/-Abbreviated-Pundit-Roundup-Aftermath-of-a-shooting

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@Godfrey642 I very much agree. Part of the terror is the discovery that so many of us simply do not intend to learn the hard lessons the 20th century should have taught us about how authoritarian turns inevitably end in violence, bloodshed, suffering for everyone. It's as if many of us are determined to put us (and themselves) though that learning experience all over again, because the siren call of authoritarianism and its invitation to stigmatize and hate vulnerabl communities is so compelling

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@Godfrey642 Thank you.

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"The reason MAGA loyalists such as J.D. Vance are targeting people who have called out Trump as authoritarian, calling them 'fascists' and blaming them for the shooting, is because those call-outs have educated Americans effectively to recognize the danger we are in.

So the last thing we should be doing now is silencing ourselves."

~ Ruth Ben-Ghiat


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https://lucid.substack.com/p/silence-enables-the-autocrat-talk

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"Authoritarian movements thrive on political violence for a number of reasons.

  1. It intimidates ordinary people who might otherwise resist.

  2. It destabilizes institutions that are supposed to act as guardrails.

  3. Because authoritarian movements are not bound by honor or norms, they can exploit any violence for their own ends.

  4. Chaos is a ladder."

~ Jonathan V. Last


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https://www.thebulwark.com/p/a-history-of-violence

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"See the Reichstag fire; or Mussolini’s use of street violence; or the American tradition of bloody-shirt politics. This is what authoritarian movements do. They promote violence and chaos—and then use the spread of violence as a justification for their illiberal aims."


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"The news media proclaim the image of him with fist raised 'iconic,' begging us to behold him in all his majesty:"

~ Paul Waldman


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https://paulwaldman.substack.com/p/fight-fight-fight

wdlindsy OP ,
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@midgephoto Do you mean that Jonathan V. Last should do that.

wdlindsy OP ,
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@Giddey_up Yes — thanks for adding that incident, which we absolutely should not forget, to the list.

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"Why would an assassination attempt make a candidate more popular. Because we live in a country where many people’s entire philosophy of life can fit on the front of a t-shirt."

~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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https://kareem.substack.com/p/the-trump-assassination-attempt-and

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"We have to remain clear-eyed about where the real threat to our security and democracy lies. Today, that threat disproportionately lies with Trump’s MAGA movement, which has taken over one of our two political parties, and with Vance who is now aiding and abetting it. These conclusions are backed up by clear evidence."

~ Robert P. Jones


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https://www.whitetoolong.net/p/we-cant-let-political-violence-be

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"Support for political violence is not evenly distributed across the population. Across all surveys, we find a consistent pattern. ...

Republicans are 2.5 times more likely than Democrats to support political violence. One-third of Republicans (33%) believe that true American patriots may have to resort to violence to save the country, compared with 22% of independents and 13% of Democrats."

The figures are from: https://www.prri.org/research/threats-to-american-democracy-ahead-of-an-unprecedented-presidential-election/


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wdlindsy OP ,
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"The unrelenting pace of events echoes 1968, the standard for tumultuous years in politics, with the assassinations, an incumbent Democratic president who is unpopular despite his historic legislative accomplishments, and his party’s convention in Chicago. The backdrop is different. Then it was the Vietnam War, white backlash to the civil rights movement, and a generational moment as the baby boomers came of age."

~ David Kurtz


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https://morningmemo.talkingpointsmemo.com/p/the-whirlwind-of-events-defies-what

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"Now it’s the existential threat of climate change and a far-right politics that makes even the worst fears of a prospective Richard Nixon presidency seem tepid by comparison. The white backlash remains and is, it seems, eternal."

This bears repeating: "The white backlash remains and is, it seems, eternal."

Racism still fuels the engine of Republican politics, and many of us never intend to get over the ugly racism that determines our political decisions.


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"The fact that a registered Republican shot at the Republican presidential candidate with the gun that Republican politicians have worshipped so much they literally wear it as a badge of pride and pose with it in Christmas photos like the weird family you warn your kids to bike nowhere near, no, that doesn’t mean that Democrats bear the responsibility for this attack and that Democrats have to adjust their rhetoric."

~ Kevin M. Kruse


/23

https://kevinmkruse.substack.com/p/conventional-wisdom

wdlindsy OP ,
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@mloxton And yet, this is a consistent and large part of our history, sad to say. Many of us have long been perfectly willing to cut off our noses to spite our faces, if that means showing "them" that they cannot have the goodies we take for granted as "ours." White Southerners shut down swimming pools, amusement parks, etc., and gutted public education, to show "them" that they cannot enjoy "our" things. But these shutdowns deprived whites of those good things every bit as much as it did Blacks

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"No one should give in to blackmail based on the notion that criticizing politicians’ authoritarian aspirations is equal to incitement to violence. Aspiring authoritarians do want to control speech; before they have reached power, they cannot do so – unless the fearful or the ignorant become their accomplices."

~ Jan-Werner Müller


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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/article/2024/jul/16/trump-authoritarian-election

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