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There will be a Senate trial.

Before you comment, I want to say a word about

💠cynicism and
💠unrealistic expectations.

Both are dangerous.

Cynicism is a feature of MAGA thinking, and Putin politics and policies. Cynicism leads to political nihilism.

Putin stays in power in Russia by promoting a form of cynicism and nihilism.

Us. v Them politics is based on cynicism (all political leaders lie, so you may as well stick with our liar instead of the enemy liar)

Cynicism says "why bother watching the trial?"

Unrealistic expectations leads to cynicism.

Most of the cynicism I see on the left right now comes from unrealistic expectations.

Rule of Law doesn't mean that all lawbreakers end up in jail.

Trials don't always go the way they should go. Not all liars are "punished."

The antidote to cynicism and political nihilism is to hold on to your ideals.

At the same time, keep your expectations realistic.

Pelosi and McConnell have been maneuvering over the kind of trial we will have.

McConnell first wanted to dismiss the articles before Christmas. When he couldn't do that, he wanted a trial without witnesses.

This is a long game.

We have a situation in the United States in which a minority of the population has the majority of power.

The goal is to change that.

Minority rule isn't new in the US. (Slavery, Jim Crow, women as chattel)

The antidote to unrealistic expectations is to stay grounded in reality.

(I deleted a tweet because I was hit by a wave of cynical comments.)

Twitter Mom says stop.
New followers may not know that several months ago, I adopted all of my followers.

So you are all Twitter siblings, and I expect you to get along.

Personally I think social media beats people up.

You all know it was much worse in the past.

Think of being a black woman in 1850.

The idealists and reformers in the 19th century marched on in the face of much worse conditions.

I'll attach my Susan B. Anthony thread. . .
Exactly. He or she didn't say, "Why bother? What's the point?"

McConnell now wants to persuade Americans not to follow the trial.

He wants you to think it will be dull and meaningless.

Let's not help him. Americans need to watch it all, even the lying.

I love this comment.
I've often equated cynicism with entitlement.

I've said: If you find yourself paralyzed by shock and outrage, it may be because you bought into a myth that goes like this: history is a river and you don’t have to paddle. . .
Put another way: We inherited the democracy created by the hard work of people like Susan B. Anthony, Thurgood Marshall, and many others.

People who inherit something often think they are entitled to it.

If someone tries to take it away all we can do is moan. . .
People with anti-democratic tendencies will always be with us.

We push forward, and they push back.

(I'm quoting from my Susan. B. Anthony thread)

Okay, now I'll get back to the Parnas documents.
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