1/ So! 657 days and 50,000 followers into the effort, it's time to close up shop at @alt_fec. The midterms are done and it looks like the Republic just might survive this crisis. We have been called to #resist in other ways.
Two parting thoughts as we ride off into the sunset:
2/ • Our #campaignfinance laws have been fundamentally broken by #SCOTUS. It's not a matter of flipping #CitizensUnited – you have to reach back to Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the case that established that the government has no interest in a level playing field…
3/ and that preventing corruption is the only allowable reason to regulate #campaignfinance. This was a bad idea from the start, and has led to rotten results. Since #SCOTUS is unlikely to help out anytime soon, and amending the Constitution is unlikely to work, …
IN THIS UNHOLY EPOCH OF UNBRIDLED, UNMITIGATED, RECALCITRANT FUCKERY
Why make anything? Why be creative? Not how – but rather, WHY?
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1. Because you need to escape the fuckery, and what you make is a door. A book, a piece of art, even an excellent meal – it’s a doorway out. It’s the tunnel dug out behind the Rita Hayworth poster in your prison cell.
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...There wasn't a blue wave or a red wave; instead, there was just kind of a puke green splash. The Dems took the House by a pretty small margin, beginning at least 2 years of a divided Congress. And they’ll almost certainly screw it up because they are dumb, crazy, and bad.
Remember, we have the other half of Congress and the presidency and the courts too, so our agenda is not totally stalled. If you are going to lose anything, lose the House. It’s the Maroon 5 of our governmental institutions – always there, but no one really likes it.
A thread on basic neighborhood defense once fascist flyers appear. This applies primarily to urban and dense suburban neighborhoods. Ex-urbs are less likely to be targeted (not dense enough) & sprawl urban tend to lack public gathering places like parks.
I wish I had better strategies than report, talk to surrounding businesses, go in groups, communicate, & report unknown white dudes. Clean up flyerrs; DON’T trash them: keep so when you do report lurkers in costume, you can hand the flyers over as evidence of their intent.
Get the people who use that park talking to each other. Get them crossing class & race lines, so white parents know they need to use their privilege to protect & so everyone knows that the neighborhood itself has each other’s backs.
I'm happy to address the substance of this or any of your wackadoo claims. Maggie's mom works for one of the world's largest PR firms. A job she took after being a journalist when she had kids, in part, I assume, b/c the choices for her generation were less elastic than for mine
But @LouiseMensch, why don't we address your conflicts of interest. You position yourself as some kind of #resistance figure, but your history would indicate extreme skepticism of those claims, at best.
You're no stranger to PR work. That's what you've made your money at, when not dabbling in conspiracy theories, right and left. Griters gonna grift.
SO IMAGINE THIS.....
You've battled cancer 3x. U worked for 35 yrs to get a house, car, a nice savings. Sure u have great insurance, but still worked hard to keep up w/healthcare costs. Paid off 85K of medical debt. Yea, right? U did everything right. U owned ur own business'
Paid double in premiums to SSI (Insurance program for self employed = SSD) than ur hubby did in his contributions to his SSD fund. Worked side jobs & pd into SSD. Then u get sick due to complications of chemo. U spend 6 1/2 YRS fighting 4 ur life. Living in extreme pain everyday.
42 surgeries. U win ur battle, but u will forever live in pain & need surgeries every 3 or 4 yrs. Then u find out ur losing EVERYTHING. UR home, cars, savings, ur pets (because u can't find a place that wants u let alone pets!). U embark on 3 1/2 yr battle to get declared legally
July 7, 2018: New York Times editorial calls for Dems to “take a page from The Godfather” to “go to the mattresses” to stop Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
July 6, 2018: CNN analyst justifies violence against Trump supporters
July 6, 2018: Long Island Man Threatened to Kill Supporters of Republican Congressman, Trump: Police
July 6, 2018: Florida man attacked over Trump flag in yard.
July 6, 2018: Woman threatens to stab Alan Dershowitz in heart.
This is a thread on how to approach infighting and criticism within the #Resistance.
The reality is that we know that the resistance has been and will be infiltrated by literal paid Russian trolls. Whether they have succeeded in running any current high visibility accounts remains an open question.
The reality is also that everyone in the resistance brings their own personalities and faults to the ballgame. Some people have personalities so toxic to our efforts that I won't relate to them. If they aren't paid trolls, they might as well be.
How do you solve a problem like @Politico? Who, in tandem with its MSM cohorts from both old & new media, continue to engage in misogynistic propaganda intended to bend the narrative arc where they wish?
Damn! It never happens that just before something major like, say important midterm elections for instance, that some media outlet will publish a piece about how awful @HillaryClinton is and much we @TheDemocrats hate her and wish she'd go away.
And I've never written a thread about how toxic and onvious that bullshit is and I've never had a bunch of bunny rabbit dumbasse fill my comments with sage pieces of advice about "moving on" and focusing on what matters."
"But it was CNN, which since Donald Trump’s election has become a kind of journalistic urinal for left-wing provocateurs of all stripes and acuity, that wallowed most often and most deeply in the mud of this affair."
Take @BrianStelter, the journalistic runt of CNN’s litter. It was Stelter who told Avenatti “one reason why I’m taking you seriously as a (presidential) contender is because of your presence on cable news.”
1) is it really right wing rhetoric and conspiracy theory to call the leftist mob in the streets Communists?
lets take a look
2) i wasnt a partisan in 2016 and had not watched television for 2 1/2 years by the time the election was going on. scanning headlines was the only news i received. if you know what to look for thats enough
3) when i first heard about the trump protests i was almost indifferent to #trump (that changed), but i didn't think it was random organic activism
99% of protesters are the lowest common denominator. and LCD's need to be shepherded. i wanted to identify the shepherds/sponsors