First, we have to continue to believe in the Union & our republican form of govt. Belief is vitally important.

“One person with a belief is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.”

John Stuart Mill

BELIEVE in the Constitution & republican govt.
To get perspective on yesterday’s events, I suggest today’s podcasts from @dbongino & @CamEdwards. Both are sober but not defeatist assessments & like me condemn all political violence. Dan is longer; Cam shorter. If you can’t listen today, just fit them in this week. Links👇🏻/2
We need to rebuild & strengthen our shared American values: self-reliance, republicanism, free speech, tolerance, courage, due process, fairness, charity, patriotism, trustworthiness, dependability, generosity, cheerfulness, thrift, industry. We’re going to try to here./5
Today, we’re a bit bruised, so I’m starting w/belief & perspective. We need to believe in ourselves as Americans & in our values. To do that, we first need to remind ourselves of them. Re-read the list I just gave. Test your internal belief in each of them. How strong is it? /6
Ask yourself how strongly you are exhibiting them in your life, modeling them for others & teaching them. Ignore whether other people are living up to them for the moment. Your task is 1st to see that you are, then we can strengthen others & call out leaders who aren’t./7
The pattern is:

1. Live it yourself;
2. Help others weaker or behind you;
3. Encourage others alongside you;
4. Hold to account those stronger or ahead of you.

Today & the next few days: think about whether you believe in those values or not, & if you do, then make a commitment to deepen your belief in them & to living them, & start to think of ways to incorporate them more into your actual life. Values are beliefs put into practice./9
If we really believe in these values, we need to start living them more fully. This is the foundation our nation is built on - those values & others closely aligned w/them. They will support our nation still & support us as we work to right the ship. /10
These values & our liberty based philosophy/ideas are attractive to people - it’s why people want to be Americans. They will draw our own people as well. We have fallen away from this, however, so it’s time to double down on them. Civic virtues must be evident in our lives. /11
So do some personal soul searching & see if you’re willing to commit to the hard work ahead. It doesn’t have to take over your entire life at the same time; it can be incremental. For today/this week, you’re just choosing to get on board with it./12
At the same time, don’t let me hold you back if this sparks you to do things I’m not mentioning or gives you great ideas. Go for it. Everyone has their own pace, strengths, limitations, other responsibilities, etc. /13
I’m not going to tell you guys exactly what to do, although I’ll give specifics whenever appropriate. So implement what I’m saying however you want. Journal, spreadsheets, digital tools, whatever. Put the ideas into practice your own way. /14
Some perspective from me on yesterday: that was unequivocally bad. It was not apocalyptic level bad, however. One thing we cannot do is let the left & the MSM hypocritically leverage it. We must own our side’s shit, but they must be made to own theirs as well. /15
They won’t like that but I don’t care whether they like it or not. We must be strong & tough to do this, however, which is why we must strengthen our own foundation first & do it now. We must not crumble. They don’t realize it, but it’s imperative for all of us that we don’t. /16
For those who just “have to do something” concrete beyond what I’ve talked about today, (there’s always those folks & we love you), the link in the next tweet shows which Senators are up for re-election in 2022. Figure out which you can support or help defeat & start on it. /17

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20 Dec 20
I know people are angry & upset. I am also. We face an existential crisis in our governance, our institutions & our values. And, it is made worse because our opponents are in denial about this or they know it & are for it. We must face this moment with courage & conviction./1
One thing we must do to conquer this challenge is renew our own commitments to our republican form of government, to our institutions & to our American values. Do not lose hope; do not lose faith in what we believe in; do not lose courage in the face of these adversities. /2
But we also need to be doing some things differently & be doing some new things. Each generation of Americans has had to adapt our great experiment to its times. We can as well. Our values & our institutions are true & good. They will endure if we defend them. /3
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20 Dec 20
@Heretictus @AncientRedwood @Digitalis_Man You sue, you demand investigations, you vote them out, you demand the legislature investigate & write new laws, you run for office, you publicize the issues with press conferences, meetings, & papers, you call & email & write your representatives, you have rallies, . . .
@Heretictus @AncientRedwood @Digitalis_Man . . . you build coalitions, you create programs to teach people about the issue, you keep pushing your point. Do you think it was any less existential that women couldn’t vote, for example? /2
@Heretictus @AncientRedwood @Digitalis_Man Resorting to using the military to resolve legal issues & particularly those involving elections is to abandon the constitution altogether. There is no basis for doing that now. /3
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9 Dec 20
Flynn case. J.Sullivan’s memorandum opinion on the Rule 48 motion to dismiss is completely inappropriate & he knows it. That motion was mooted by the pardon. In order to try & hide that fact, he coupled his order on that motion w/his order on the motion to dismiss for mootness.
He’s making it superficially look like the opinion relates to the mootness (pardon) motion, but it does not. It’s an opinion on the Rule 48 motion, not the mootness (pardon) motion. By putting those two motions together in one order, he obscures that distinction.
This is even clearer when compared to the other minute order he issued at the same time, which ruled that all the other pending motions were moot. The order on the Rule 48 motion should have been grouped with those too. It’s moot just like they are because of the pardon.
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2 Dec 20
Not voting absents you from the democratic process.

No matter how flawed, how damaged, how frustrating, CLING to the democratic process & your sacred right to vote.

Never surrender them. Hold on to them as if your life & the fate of republic depend on them - because they do.🇺🇸
These men fought & died, so we could vote. Never surrender the vote. /1
These men fought & died so we could vote. Never surrender the vote. /2
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2 Dec 20
Pardons for political contributions case. So here is a link to the partially unsealed ruling from Judge Howell today about this investigation. She is the Chief of the DC District Court. She handles the grand jury materials/issues.


After reading the redacted ruling, I can tell you a few things. First, Judge Howell did NOT find that any lawyer engaged in "crime-fraud" and permit the seized materials to be reviewed on that basis. Rather, she said there was no attorney client privilege in the messages. /2
So a little explanation. When the govt seizes your documents or devices & it finds that you have communications with a lawyer, there are procedures to screen the trial team from those potentially attorney-client privileged communications. /3
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1 Dec 20
Flynn case. So this afternoon the govt filed a consent (meaning Flynn already agreed) motion to dismiss his case based on mootness due to the pardon from DJT. Motion is here:

The pardon was filed as an exhibit to the motion. It's here: drive.google.com/file/d/1TN4G02…

This pleading legally advises the court of the pardon, which does in fact moot the case. There's NO legal basis for Judge Sullivan to deny this motion. Think I might have been tempted to file something other than a "motion" myself, so as not to be actually asking for anything. /3
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