One of the values we need to return to is self-reliance.

You can build self-reliance by first doing it in small ways. Once you start doing it, you realize other ways you can do it & you feel more comfortable & confident in it & you can build more of it into your life. /1
Being self-reliant makes you freer. It gives you options & flexibility when things outside your control go wrong. You’re also less dependent on others & their potential failure, betrayals, mistakes, etc. I’m not recommending isolationism, of course. Just more self-reliance. /2
It becomes a mindset & if you make sure you don’t go overboard either, it’s healthy. Some examples to start with:

1. Spend less; save more & give more to charity.
2. Eat & drink less; walk or play or exercise more.
3. Watch less tv; read more.
4. Be online less; sleep more.

You don’t have to start with or even end with radical changes. Just shift the dividing line you are currently using a little bit between spend & saving for example. If you want to shift it again, fine.

You don’t have to give up everything you love; just shift a little. /4
After you see some success, re-evaluate & see if you want to make a bigger shift on those things or pick something else to infuse w/more self-reliance. For example, maybe you decide to cook at home a few more meals a week instead of eating out. Ideas will start to come to you. /5
Research self-reliance & resiliency online. Learn about them. The better you understand them the more comfortable you’ll be in making changes.

If you screw up, it’s not the end of the world. Look at it, learn from it, try again. “Failing” is really just a step toward success. /6
About reading.

Read every day. Reading always improves your mind, really no matter what it is.

If your budget doesn’t have room for books: read online, ask for books from friends for gifts, borrow books from friends, get a library card. There is no excuse for not reading. /7
The goal is to get to where you feel comfortable making changes & being more self-reliant generally. Once you’re there, sit down & make a list of things you can/want to change to make yourself & your family really self-reliant. You want to be debt free or have manageable debt. /8
Maybe you want to work for yourself. Maybe you want to learn a new skill - first aid, computer science, nutrition, etc. Maybe you want to have a kitchen garden. Maybe you want to home school. Maybe you want to have time to be on a local board. Maybe you want to own, not rent. /9
The more self-reliant you become, the happier, the more confident, & the more truly free you are. /10

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So if the Congress is really going to impeach DJT again, here’s the thing on an “incitement” charge. As I’ve been saying, there is no basis for “incitement” as a matter of criminal law, based on his speech or his conduct overall. It’s not a legitimately indictable case. /1
Like many,(& probably most actually), lawyers, I do not believe impeachment requires that the conduct satisfy the criminal law to be impeachable. That is, just because it’s not a crime doesn’t mean it’s not impeachable. The criminal law is certainly a guide to use, however. /2
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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
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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
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@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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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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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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