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Not to knock Jamelle Bouie - perhaps the best of the NYT's op-ed writers - but there are several recent, superb books analyzing how this has been done...
One is Democracy in Chains by Nancy MacLean, about James McGill Buchanan, a famed economist who concluded democracy was a problem b/c it would tend to lead to an over-investment in the public sector (yeah, you read that correctly); thus American democracy would have to be curbed.
Accordingly, Buchanan figured out devious ways to make US democracy decidedly undemocratic; and the Koch Brothers financed enacting the vision. Here's a NYT book review of Democracy in Chains: nytimes.com/2017/08/15/boo…
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1/ "Fear and Loathing in Central Florida" 🧵

I'm pretty fn sick of the corrupt politics in Florida. Casinos, bigotry, Disney, election fraud, Russia, Elon, insurrection...Mormons? That's right, Central Florida has it all.

#Wokened 👀
#OperationOrangeJuice
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3/ Here's a couple of the state and federal laws she is helping break. It's reminiscent of Rod Blagojevich...except way fn worse. #HobbsAct

@TheJusticeDept this entire thread is for you. Cheers.

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Thread: 14 May 2022: Day 80 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
It might not be completely finished yet—#Russia still has positions in the area—but as of 13 May #Ukraine has clearly defeated the Russians around #Kharkiv, and the complete eviction of Russian troops retreating toward the border is only a matter of time.
Reports that #Israel will send Blue Spear anti-ship missiles to #Ukraine (via Estonia)
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It's no coincidence that the states eager to keep women from controlling their own reproduction also refuse to care for those women or their children.
Compare the states ready to ban abortion with a map of states that refused to expand #Medicaid.
The maps are overly simplistic in showing states' expansions of #Medicaid, and this thread will explain some of what's complicated.

In essence, many states led by #Republicans didn't want to expand a program that helps pregnant women, kids, and the frail elderly. Voters did.
Let's take those anti-abortion states that "have expanded Medicaid" in alphabetical order.

So, first, Arkansas.

#Arkansas led the way in requiring people on #Medicaid to work. Their unique plan also disenrolled people who didn't meet the work requirement.
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So some interesting things have surfaced in the last few weeks that I want to share. Be patient with me, I’m slow & get interrupted a lot. But, I think it’s worth it to share this information before the mid-term elections.

😃 Please don’t forget to vote in November…💙
This article from 04/06/2022 has been weighing on my mind…it’s regarding the #RockbridgeNetwork, defined as a coalition.

What is a “political coalition” in the US?
Not much. It’s basically a verbal, non-regulated agreement to finance an agreed upon political agenda.
While #RockbridgeNetwork is being considered a “new GOP coalition”, it isn’t, think #CambridgeAnalytica. Plus, it is not the only “new GOP coalition” popping up before mid-term elections. #ChestnutStreetCouncil has been started by Matt Schlapp, think #KochNetwork
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America, we have to talk about this: criticalissues.umd.edu/sites/critical…
This poll compared #Republican #Democrats & Independent opinions related to the #Russian war on #Ukraine and the results are shocking.
When asked to name the two national or world leaders they dislike most, GOP:👇
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2/ #Democrats had a very different list of dislikes, predictably. If you combine their 1st & 2nd choice top picks, 76% of Dems rank #Putin at the top.
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3/ Only one question found Americans, regardless of Party affiliation, in near-unanimity -- fear of nuclear war with #Russia .
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$114 billion is added to the US economy by trees annually. This hidden value of carbon, pollution, timber & crop tree ecosystem services is threatened by climate change, pests & fire🌳💰(1/5)
dx.plos.org/10.1371/journa…
#ecology #climatechange #CleanAirNow #planttrees #CleanEnergy
We calculated total net annual ecosystem service values provided by contiguous US trees and potential threats across the tree of life 🧬🌲🌳🌴(2/5)

#HumanRights #pollution #forestfire #ecosystemservices #savetheplanet #evolution #ecology #phylogeny #trees
The top 10 most valuable tree genera to the US economy are under extreme threat. Pine is declining from invasive mountain pine beetles and forest fires. Oaks and maples are declining for new home construction. Ash is in severe decline from invasive emerald ash borers (3/5)🔥🪲
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I am Rafee. An indigenous activist and herbalist.
My mission is reconnecting the indigenous American, falsely classified as black, back to land history and culture through the use of indigenous remedies. #FBA #ADOS #SaveMasonTN #SecureTheTribe order here👉🏾 linktr.ee/Autochthons
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If you followed #FreedomConvoy, even supported it, did you really understand danger it poses to Canada? Maybe you waved away extremist elements, saying just a few "bad apples". You'd be deluding yourself. It's time to scratch below the surface, start here:
thewalrus.ca/ottawa-convoy/
Those various flags seen throughout the protest. They weren't one-offs or bad apples, they were embedded in the protest from the start. You saw them:
#Trump flags, Confederate flags, 3% flags, &, yes, Swastika flags (if you have one Nazi in a crowd, you've got a crowd of Nazis).
Think this is an exaggeration? Maybe start to examine what's actually driving these groups. Organizers of #TruckConvoy have a history of extremist views, from #Wexit to disgusting racist bigotry and hatred. It wasn't hidden, you just ignored it.
Start with #CanadaUnity
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Intending to make a strong statement about his administration a #Republican governor who shall remain nameless - take your pick, it fits so many – drew on an allegory during his speech.
"A father wanted to teach a lesson to his three sons. He called them to the barn and gave them each a 100$ bill and asked them to buy something with it that could fill the whole room.

The first bought $ 100 with of hay, but it wasn't enough to fill the barn.
The second bought $100 worth of cotton, but that wasn't enough either.

The third bought $5 worth of candles and lit them, filling the barn with light.

My administration is like the third son, thrifty and efficient, illuminating the state with the light of progress.”
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Republican candidate JD Vance, tipped to be the next US Senator for Ohio: "I don't really care what happens to #Ukraine."

The US should leave #Russia alone and focus on the real enemy - #Mexico. He says the US-Mexico border is the real "warzone".
businessinsider.com/gop-candidate-…
Vance's comments follow the leader of the #Republican Party, still the favorite for the party's presidential nomination in 2024, saying #Putin's invasion of #Ukraine is "genius".
High-profile Republicans like Tucker Carlson are telling their followers that #Putin is on their side in the culture war, and the real enemy is domestic: Democrats.

This message has been embraced by Republicans running to wrest control of Congress from Democrats in November.
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It wasn’t a liberal who announced the Iraq war and New World Order led by a credible United Nations or Emergency Use Authorization or incentivized lockdowns. That was #Conservative #Republican #GOP @GOP #Bush was in #Dallas at #JFK assassination. #Cuba Father of the #CIA
#building7 #WTC23 collapsing without being hit gave Bush JR what he needed a war on terror. It was JR who made Emergency Use Authorization and facial recognition law realID. Everyone knows “Homeland” connection to Hitler. Nazis introduced the term “homeland” at their first rally.
That rally was at Nuremberg where doctors scientists & media would be executed for manipulating and forcing #Jews into medical experimentation. This is where #InformedConsent comes from. All #COVID19 #vaccines are experimental.
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🚨🚨🚨 Dirty #republican #votersuppression is happening again. Despite 60% of #Sarasota voters overwhelmingly approving #singlememberdistricts in 2018, the @SRQCountyGov was able to piggyback a referendum on our upcoming School Tax Vote. 1/12
@gal_suburban spilled some tea on this company a while back. 2/12
The whole purpose of what they are doing in Sarasota is to disenfranchise voters, as the company in charge of distributing misleading fliers, Data Targeting, has done in the past. 3/12
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The real story is a bunch of fragile, white, crybabies are angry that they are losing control of the narrative, so they're acting out like toddlers.

Conservatives can't accept that their ideas & policies suck, so they think being white entitles them to overthrow democracy.
Conservative billionaires have resorted to owning all the legacy media & use the #ReichWing media to lie, gaslight, anger, & cause fear in people, so the voters are fighting culture wars instead of fighting the real enemy: billionaires & corporations that are screwing us.
They want a #NWO with them in charge; paying no taxes, gutting social services, destroying the planet in the name of unfettered capitalism. They think only people who pay taxes should be allowed to vote. They're destroying us. Here's some of the political parties they own.
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Over the past decade and a half, I've been collecting examples to demonstrate the degree to which teleological ethics (the ends justify the means) have consumed American elite evangelicalism - to the degree that national figures such as Rick Warren teach that believers should...
2)...be as dedicated as the Hitler Youth who, at a stadium rally before their Führer, spelled out with their bodies "Hitler, we are yours".

There is zero question about this - my examples come from video of these leaders teaching this, from their own books...
3)...and from highly reputable books on the history of evangelicalism. The evidence has long been out there. What truly mystifies me is that I seem to be the only person on Earth who has been moved to collect it into a research folder.

Here are a few from my collection...
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So I finally got around to listening to @POTUS @JoeBiden's press conference this morning and have a few miscellaneous thoughts (in thread) for the #MSM: @ABC @CBSNews @NBCNews @CNN @MSNBC @nytimes @USATODAY @WSJ
@POTUS @JoeBiden @ABC @CBSNews @NBCNews @CNN @MSNBC @nytimes @USATODAY @WSJ Why do you insist on ignoring the fact that this administration has accomplished more in 1 year than any other president in history & certainly more than #TFG did in four years: American Rescue Plan; Infrastructure; Economy booming; Unemployment at an all time low; 75% vax rate.
And he has accomplished this with little to no support from the obstructionist @GOP, whose sole public policy is to cock-block everything the President wants to do to help the American people. THAT should be your story.
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THREAD:
Alabama: your #Republican Senators, Richard C. Shelby and Tommy Tuberville, aren’t interested in your voting rights, as they voted NO to advance to a final vote on the voting rights bill.

#RepublicansAreDestroyingAmerica
#VoteBlue2022 #DemVoice1 #BlueVoices
Alaska: your #Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, aren’t interested in your voting rights, as they voted NO to advance to a final vote on the voting rights bill.

#RepublicansAreDestroyingAmerica
#VoteBlue2022 #DemVoice1 #BlueVoices
Arkansas: your #Republican Senators, John Boozman and Tom Cotton, aren’t interested in your voting rights, as they voted NO to advance to a final vote on the voting rights bill.

#RepublicansAreDestroyingAmerica
#VoteBlue2022 #DemVoice1 #BlueVoices
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I read this thread to make sure the author is coming from a good, or at least benign, place. He is. But something else. This is a book born from *annoyance* . Even though I don't possess a PhD (I'm a high school & college dropout) I also have an annoyance driven book to write..
The subject matter is at least as big as this author's subject. It concerns the fact that over the last 4-5 decades a movement, born in North America, has arisen that is reshaping global Christianity. Since 1999, it's been organizing into what, arguably, could be a new religion..
3) Further still, this movement has come to be perhaps the dominant religious impulse in the #GOP as the party mutates into a force for authoritarianism or even fascism. And, it was demonstrably the dominant religious faction behind the 1/6/2021 coup plot. What's more...
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The Lesson of January 6: Zero-Sum Racism is the Biggest Threat to U.S. Democracy. medium.com/@heathercmcghe…
By tracking the hundreds of insurrectionists who have been arrested over the past year, researchers from @UChicago were able to conclude that the rioters’ primary driver was “fear of the ‘great replacement’, the belief that the rights of minorities will overtake that of whites.”
Despite universal condemnation in Washington during the violent siege, on the next day, the majority of the House #Republican caucus voted to do what the mob wanted: refuse to certify the election results.
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Gulp.
"The United States is headed for civil war & it cannot bear to face it. The political problems are both structural & immediate...The American political system has become so overwhelmed by anger that even the most basic tasks of govt are impossible."
theguardian.com/world/2022/jan…
2/ "The Capitol police have seen threats against members of #Congress ^ by 107%. Fred Upton, #Republican rep from Michigan, shared a message he had received: 'I hope you die. I hope everybody in your family dies.' And it’s not just politicians but anyone involved..."
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3/ "...in the running of the electoral system. Death threats have become a std aspect of the work life of election supervisors & school board membs. A third of poll workers said they felt unsafe."
I'd add that Public Health officials are resigning due to death threats.
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1/ It wasn't a conspiracy theory, it was a #CrimeAgainstHumanity...and it came from Florida. 🧵

The GOP started lying about COVID when Trump called it a "hoax". THAT lie has cost hundreds of thousands of American🇺🇲 lives. It also made them and their friends billions $$.

#Facts
2/ Trump said it was a hoax on Feb 27, 2020. Community transmission was being confirmed in multiple cities in the US. Around the world, case numbers were increasing exponentially everywhere one was found, and economic disruptions began roiling global financial markets.

#Covid19
3/ Four Republican Senators on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee who knew how bad the virus was, sold their stocks ahead of a market collapse which saw equity valuations plunge up to 40% worldwide in a matter of weeks.

#HoldThemAccountable
fortune.com/2020/03/20/sen…
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Opinion Editorial: Time For Change at the #Courthouse
In the flurry of enthusiasm for top of the ticket candidates, in 2018 #Democrats voted overwhelmingly straight ticket in #HarrisCounty. Unfortunately, officeholders doing a good job were swept out in the wave—replaced by (1)
...less than optimum alternatives. Witness how quickly two separate County #Clerks resigned or did not seek reelection, mainly due to errors and incompetence regarding multiple elections under their charge. Witness the judges who fail to run timely dockets, leaving plaintiffs (2)
and defendants languishing for years to see justice—including several judges who haven’t held a single trial since taking office! Witness further the dramatic rise in crime due to a misapplication of the fundamentals to practical #criminaljustice reform and non-functioning (3)
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In '06, there were 2 schools of thought on the religious right (RR). 1 said, "It's a real movement - they aim to do exactly what they say, like ban abortion." The *more influential* Tom Frank school claimed the RR didn't even exist & banning abortion would never happen because...
..the religious right *didn't really even exist*; the reactionary social conservative positions (e.g. banning abortion) were just a way of getting dumb rubes to the polls to vote for #Republican pols who wouldn't ban abortion but would gut the welfare state.

Guess what?...
3) The argument claimed that if the #GOP ever managed to ban abortion, Republicans would lose a key issue they used to manipulate the dumb rubes get to the polls. So, that would *never happen*.

Subsequent academic research, journalism, and ground-level developments have shown..
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