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Don midwest
Don midwest

He went from NPR to Fox News

Juan Williams: What if the coup had worked?

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And in a democracy, accountability requires consequences for the Trump mob. We just had a chilling reminder of the fragile state of our democracy.

There can be no more of trying to reason with people who violently acted to tear down the most essential pillar of the Founding Fathers’ design — political stability based on liberty and justice for all as written in law, our Constitution.

Arrest the rioters; impeach Trump.




According to her staff, Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins is “outraged” by the violence at the Capitol, won’t comment on impeachment at this point.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I mentioned the other day that Jonathan Turley, the law prof, Republican and Trump apologist, came up and I posted one of his articles

I am now going to his web site to see the stream of articles that he is posting after the Trump riot.

This article, like a previous article, says it is sent to The Hill publication. It has not yet been posted there — as far as I can tell — but I didn’t try that hard — and it like the other one was posted on other sites with the statement at the top that it was posted to The Hill

I well recall when I was stupid enough to follow him that he says that he has the largest legal following of any blog in the world.

Recall that he was the only atty supporting Trump against impeachment

What I am saying is probably more important than the link below because I am suggesting that we keep an eye on him to see the evolving Republican party and Trump fascistic coup

several have pointed out that Republicans don’t want article of impeachment to be put up to a vote in the house because Republicans who vote against it will be on record

well, Turley to the rescue!!!

fast track impeachment will harm the constitution!!!!

so, don’t do it

my take: it looks like Nancy will do it and I will hate her always for not impeaching W Bush

How A Snap Impeachment Could Shatter Our Constitutional Balance

just noticed the word “balance” in the title — like Fair and Balanced? moto of Fox

Don midwest
Don midwest


on The Hill website and this just came up

READ: Article of Impeachment against Trump

It is an image document 4 pages long



House Democrats are formally unveiling their resolution to impeach President Donald Trump on Monday, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in last week’s riots at the US Capitol.

The single impeachment article, which will be introduced at 11 a.m. ET when the House gavels in Monday, points to Trump’s repeated false claims that he won the election and his speech to the crowd on January 6 before pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol. It also cited Trump’s call with the Georgia Republican secretary of state where the President urged him to “find” enough votes for Trump to win the state.

“In all this, President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of Government,” the resolution says. “He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power, and imperiled a coequal branch of Government. He thereby betrayed his trust as President, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”

The impeachment resolution is Democrats’ first step toward holding an impeachment vote this week to make Trump the first president in history to be impeached for a second time.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats on Sunday evening that the House would proceed with bringing an impeachment resolution to the floor this week unless Vice President Mike Pence moves to invoke the 25th Amendment with a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump from power.

Pelosi said that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer would seek to take up a resolution from Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland on Monday urging Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, and if they were blocked the House would consider the measure on Tuesday.

Democrats are calling on Pence to respond within 24 hours, she said. If that does not happen, Democrats will bring their impeachment resolution to the floor.

Timing of an impeachment vote is still fluid, though the expectation is it would happen on Wednesday.

The impeachment resolution was introduced by Democratic Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Raskin and Ted Lieu of California.

Cicilline tweeted Sunday evening that the resolution now has more than 200 co-sponsors, nearly all of the Democratic caucus. The resolution would likely go to the House Rules Committee before it’s brought to the floor.

The level of unity in the Democratic caucus is being driven by the visceral reaction to what happened on January 6, when lawmakers had to be evacuated from the House and Senate chambers with rioters banging on the doors outside as the insurrectionists tried to stop the counting of votes to affirm President-elect Joe Biden would become President on January 20.

Pelosi said in an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” that she liked the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment “because it gets rid of him,” but explained, “one of the motivations people have for advocating for impeachment” is to prevent Trump from holding office again.




I am a working-class Black American. For me this is a declaration of my first allegiances, description of my material realities, and mission statement for how I make my way through the world. Thus, when I reflect upon and look deeply at the images of Trump’s fascist riot and coup attempt, I see another of the many temper tantrums of white supremacy and white entitlement and white aggrievement which have occurred throughout American history. I see the enemies of Black and brown strivers like myself. I see the people who denied Black and brown people the ability to accrue intergenerational wealth and income. I see the people who tried to take away the dignity of Black and brown people — and yet we succeeded over and over again nonetheless. I see the enemies of a better and more inclusive American Dream.

I also see Trump’s favorite president, Andrew Jackson, a literal white supremacist slave driver and a man who led a genocidal campaign against First Nations people. In 1829, Jackson’s populist supporters (of course this version of populism mostly excluded Black people) ran amok in the White House on Inauguration Day. Almost 200 years later, Trump’s fake populist white fascist mob attempted a coup against America’s multiracial democracy by invading the Capitol Building.

Because images do not exist in isolation but rather in relation to one another, in the rage-filled faces of Trump’s goons I also see the reflections of the Black and brown folks (and white brothers and sisters) in the old Jim Crow state of Georgia who the day before bravely overcame voter suppression, vote theft, voter purges and the coronavirus plague to elect a Black man and a Jewish man to the United States Senate.

Many Black folks were lynched in Georgia during Jim and Jane Crow. A Jewish brother was lynched in Georgia during Jim and Jane Crow too.

Trump’s fascist goons who defiled the Capitol Building and sought out congresspeople to put on trial — and perhaps even execute — were not just attacking the idea of democracy in the abstract, but purposefully trying to smother multiracial democracy.

As such, the Trump mob’s fascist rampage was much more than a political “protest”: it was the physical manifestation of death anxieties about being “replaced” by non-whites. Such fears are the heart of Whiteness since its invention in the 15th century. These anxieties of Whiteness are the fuel which sustain and fuel Trumpism, the Republican Party, and other forms of American fascism and white supremacy both historically and through to the present.


I don’t think there’s any question by now that a lot of what we’re seeing now is white people fearing being “replaced” by non-whites. It scares the bejeezus out of them.


and that is encouraged whenever you have wages so low.



Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a new interview that she is receptive to the concerns of younger, more progressive members of her caucus and disagrees with assertions she is not grooming political newcomers for leadership roles.

“Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?” reporter Leslie Stahl asked Pelosi during an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday evening, referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“I don’t know,” the Speaker replied. “You’ll have to ask her … because we are.”

Stahl then commented that Pelosi’s quip was “kind of sharp, kind of dismissive.”

“I’m not dismissing her,” Pelosi responded. “I respect her. I think she’s very effective, as are … many other members of our caucus that the press doesn’t pay attention to. But they are there and they are building support for what comes next.”


Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Pelousy has got to go.


yeah, “young” people like Hakeem.


Hakeem is beginning to show up more often on MSDNC and CNN, I’ve noticed.


figures and stacey is all over karens’ FB pages.

we have yuge contests forever it seems.


It feels exhausting sometimes.

Don midwest
Don midwest


Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Sounds like this dude is in the Dumb Dore camp. Blame it on AOC.


Even if AOC was somewhat exaggerating the carnage possibility, it’s certainly not totally out of the ballpark given what we know. In any case, with what did happen, why would anyone on the left go after AOC?

Don midwest
Don midwest

Phillip Conway recently recieved a PhD in Wales. Really smart guy. He had a comment, then inserted a tweet by Vanessa and then posted 2 more tweets. I bolded his second tweet. His third tweet is also important to understand the factions upon factions influencing other factions …

Philip Conway @PhilipRConway
A very good thread. One thing to add, I think, is that, while there were a few celebrity far right podcasters, etc. present in storming the Capitol, the vast majority of those who make their careers stoking this kind of rage are just sitting back and laughing from a safe distance


I mean, any seasoned fascist agitator with half an ounce of sense would know that doing something like this is a good way to get the FBI on your case. Yes, there seem to have been extremists acting out their ‘day of the rope’ fantasises. But there were also a lot of useful idiots

Which is why these movements, while certainly driven by common convictions, hatreds, and so on, can’t be understood as a unity. There are factions manipulating other factions, and being manipulated in turn. The explanation has to be structural but it can’t be simplistic.

Here are Vanessa’s tweets

Asst. Prof. of Philosophy at George Washington U. Ethicist, political philosopher, educator, activist. Member of @JournalSpectre
editorial collective. (she/her)

Vanessa Wills @vcwills 1/*11/21

They see through a funhouse mirror the hypocrisy of liberal bourgeois democracy (no, the electoral college is not “sacred”). They also vehemently abhor the capacity of true democracy—socialism—to liberate oppressed, exploited workers upon whom their precarious fortunes depend.

To the extent liberal bourgeois democracy engages mass politics and gives even a highly attenuated and mostly suppressed voice to the working masses, that section of the petty bourgeoisie which turns to fascism regards liberal democracy as a betrayal. Only capital should speak.

The woman who died attacking the Capitol Building was a small business owner from San Diego. Yes, her head was full of conspiracist nonsense but she didn’t just invent that lockdowns and worker protections might save lives but hurt her bottom line.

These people made calculated, self-serving, and terrifyingly clear-eyed decisions to destroy liberal bourgeois democracy on the basis that they deem it incapable of reliably serving *its* function of subduing the masses and putting capital before human life.

For them, the lockdowns, the rise of BLM protest, and the electoral repudiation of Trump which occured in large part due to Black voters all demonstrate clearly that America isn’t working like it’s “supposed” to.

We tend to think of the wacky nonsense in fascists’ heads as a cause for their behavior but it’s frequently a consequence of their aims. To value living human beings so cheaply requires a flight from reason. A whole ecosystem of conspiracy and superstition swells up to enable it.

Few people are cold enough to admit openly to others or themselves that they’ll happily sacrifice humanity to Mammon. Dress it up in antivaxx mythology, QAnon conspiracy, or even true-believer white supremacy, and that’s a whole other ballgame.

The deadly Jan 6 fiasco at the Capitol reveals the U.S. state’s self-inflicted wounds when it comes to defending liberal democracy against the fascist threat. Although elected officials draw their legitimacy from the masses, they mostly fear us as much as the ragtag fascists do.

Hence: police forces riddled with fascist and white supremacist sympathies. Great for attacking Black Lives Matter protests, an incredible liability in terms of protecting Congress from fascist, white supremacist marauders.

Also: the Democratic Party’s insistence that no counterprotests be organized against the fascists even though it is only masses of working people—not highly compromised police forces—that can reliably outnumber them and stop them in their tracks.

Cult conspiracy theory & white supremacy are rightly a *huge* part of the explanatory story but these fascists aren’t *just* confused, brainwashed, racist, and in Trump’s thrall. (Although they are all of those things.)

They’ve calculated that they stand to gain from shutting down whatever tiny influence that working people—especially working POC—have in liberal democracy and are desperate to prevent that voice from getting any bigger.

Working people can’t expect the “big” bourgeoisie to defend us. They are also fearful of us and loathe to see us empowered. Yet, they cannot protect their own institutions from fascists without enlisting the masses in ways that would undermine bourgeois leadership over society.

The danger is that as the situation is pushed further and further to a point of crisis, the choice becomes one between fascism and profits, or socialism and human freedom. And from the point of view of capitalism, fascism will always emerge as the lesser evil of those two.

Such a point of crisis is increasingly unavoidable in the United States.



Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University historian whose work focuses on fascism, authoritarian leaders and propaganda, says the storming of the Capitol was “a logical result” of Trump’s legitimization and encouragement of right-wing extremism since 2016. “The threat to democracy is not outside our institutions only. It’s coming from inside,” Ben-Ghiat says.

RUTH BEN-GHIAT: So, the events of January 6 are the product of two long-term objectives that Trump has sought, successfully. One is, like all strongmen who arrive on the scene, they legitimize existing extremism and anti-democratic tendencies. They give validation to the worst criminal elements in society. And in fact, many strongmen, including Trump, either come to power with a criminal record or under investigation, so they are criminal elements themselves. So there’s that. The other thing they do is — and Trump did this with the GOP — is they glamorize and legitimize lawlessness. So lawmakers become lawbreakers. And this has happened.

And what is particularly disturbing — and I think we’ll have more of this — there’s an AP investigation that has come out on, you know, who are these participants of the January 6 events. And though it’s tempting to see them as — which is scary enough — as extremists and militia groups, white power, there were Republican donors. There were Republican officials. There were military. There were law enforcement. So this means the threat to democracy is not outside our institutions only. It’s coming from inside.

And this is a logical result of a policy that Trump has followed very resolutely since he started signaling during his campaign to extremist groups, but also made that statement you played at the top of the show about shooting someone. What he was saying, in January 2016, is that he would be — he was above the law, and he was capable of violence, and he would get away with it.

AMY GOODMAN: Finally, Professor Ben-Ghiat, you tweeted, “Historian of coups and right-wing authoritarians here. If there are not severe consequences for every lawmaker & Trump govt official who backed this, every member of the Capitol Police who collaborated with them, this ‘strategy of disruption’ will escalate in 2021.” If you would elaborate further and end by talking about what is deeply concerning to so many people right now, that this was just a first attack?

RUTH BEN-GHIAT: So, when Trump says this, “Our beautiful” — or, “Our journey is just beginning,” I had already been very worried that this would be — that Trump and the GOP — Trump will act as an outside agitator when he leaves. And this would be a strategy of trying to delegitimize the Biden administration — they’ve already been trying to sabotage it with nonaction on coronavirus, economic misery — but to make America so ungovernable and so difficult to govern, so chaotic, so violent, under Biden and Harris, that it creates more desire for law and order, and in come the Trumps back again, or Trump proxies.

So, I’m very worried that this — there’s already a, quote, “armed march” being planned for January 17th around the nation. And once you legitimize and give a presidential imprimatur to extremism, and once you convince — you plant people throughout federal agencies, you know, you radicalize law enforcement, as Bill Barr, who stepped away but has a huge amount of responsibility for this, it’s very hard to turn this back.