“‘The response to the Nixon administration was sweeping ethics reform,’ Walter Shaub told The New Republic. ‘We just had four years that were worse than Nixon. The response was to gut the ethics provision that made it through the House? That’s an insult’” newrepublic.com/article/163684…
“Trump didn’t create the weaknesses, he merely exploited them. This is a case of the entrenched powers that be on both sides of the aisle liking the system the way it is. They don’t want to change it. They’re naïve to the threat to democracy.” newrepublic.com/article/163684…

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16 Sep
In 2020, @USAGMgov was led by the bizarre Michael Pack. USAGM’s ethics office reports that, under Pack, the HR office was directed NOT to tell it when political appointees were hired. As a result, it lacked info it needed to conduct new employee and annual ethics training!
This also impeded the ethics officer’s ability to collect financial disclosure reports from Pack’s political appointees.
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14 Sep
The Joe Manchin voting rights bill HAS TO PASS because voting rights are under attack. For that reason, I’ll support it. But let’s be clear about the flimflam the Senate Dems behind this watered down just pulled. They took out ALL of HR1’s ethics provisions. EVERY LAST ONE! /1
Here are SOME of the provisions they felt were dealbreakers and had to be removed. These are provisions that the House of Representatives passed. But the Senate? No, this was a bridge too far for these Senators. Somebody should ask them why! /2
EVERY LAST ONE OF THESE IS NOW GONE!
- require POTUS/VPOTUS + CANDIDATES for POTUS/VPOTUS to disclose 10 years of tax returns
- require the Supreme Court to FINALLY adopt an ethics code
- void federal contracts with POTUS/VPOTUS & impose penalties for holding such contracts /3
Read 24 tweets
1 Sep
Democracy can’t be a spectator sport. Freedom isn’t free. It may feel uncomfortable when I blame us as much as I blame the president & senators for failing to push voting rights. But the uncomfortable truth is that the public isn’t doing enough. WE have to create the pressure, /1
Did WE show up at the voting rights marches this weekend? Some of us did. But far too few to make them feel the heat. Do WE use social media to put pressure on the POTUS and senate? Or do WE use social media to offer excuses and attack people who criticize these politicians? /2
Are folks under the impression that fascism cares about their feelings? Will the excuses matter when voter suppression changes this country forever? Is there some consolation prize that could possibly matter at all when an authoritarian steals the next election? /3
Read 5 tweets
31 Aug
Going to a video store to rent movies for the weekend was special. You had a MEMBERSHIP CARD, for one thing. You belonged! Then there was the physicality of walking around. The hushed tones like a library, but not really. The shared frustration over the hunt for anything good./1
The feeling that if you DID find one worth watching, you had WON the weekend. (Plus when they were videotapes and not disks, they didn’t have scratches and usually worked.) The limited supply of copies of the videotapes made the rare acquisition of a recent release thrilling./2
The candy in the store, which you never bought, made things festive. Going to the video store was an event. Results were often frustrating, but there was a consciousness to it. You didn’t watch the latest release On Demand and immediately go chasing the tiger for another fix./3
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31 Aug
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29 Aug
It’s frustrating to see folks just assume voting rights legislation is impossible when the WH + Senate have tried nothing. If that’s you, I’d like to challenge you to ask yourself if you really feel you have skin in this game and whether you’d surrender so easily if you did.
Because that isn’t the story America tells itself. The narrative’s always that we overcome challenges. Like any nation’s story, it’s an exaggeration of course. But the opposite extreme isn’t true either—that we preemptively surrender and retreat to making excuses for politicians.
So I have to wonder then. What is it about this particular fight that makes so many people ready to surrender? Maybe it’s a question of whose rights are at stake that, for too many, makes this fight an intellectual exercise and not a matter of passion—of survival.
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