Thread reply: 1). Let’s take Maslows hierarchy. Most basic need is physiological… this to me is democracy’s existance. This is where we need a basic even if temporary alliance. Next is safety, then love, etc….
2) I believe safety is where the issue of voting rights lies, unless people are being physically denied ability to vote (more on this and voting rights act further down). I don’t mind people hitting Liz and I with the “they’re still awful conservatives jab” because…
3) we ain’t new at politics. BUT it does say that there is not a baseline understanding of the threat, and no temporary and necessary alliance. So in order to survive some politicians realize they can tell the truth, and just piss off everyone, so they retreat to a tribe…
4). Some of us don’t care. It’s politically damaging but the threat is too real. So Dems and the left have a choice: retreat to political attacks then when Trump (or similar) re-elected wonder what happened, or make temp alliance with “dispicable” conservatives…
5) now some will argue that the John Lewis act IS democracy protection. Ok, but that is largely about the issue of pre-clearance that the Supreme Court in 2013 threw out saying in essence we can’t pretend history defines the current challenges. This would restore the power…
6) that belongs to states into the Fed AG for only some states. I disagree with the prescription to the challenges addressed, and obviously this was not an attempt at a bipartisan solution. Today it’s more convenient to vote than ever, there is no IQ test or poll tax…
7) anymore. Instead of finding that middle ground solution, it is used as a bludgeon on Twitter etc. fine, but don’t pretend you recognize how serious the authoritarian threat is then. Because successful attempts to stop authoritarians mean alliances among those who…
8) agree on little else. After all, even if the right act was put into law, an authoritarian could then use that for their OWN ENDS. So yep, Liz Cheney is a conservative. I like that, you may hate it. But what’s the biggest threat we face?….
9) I have made common cause on defending our country and Jan 6th accountability with people I agree with on little else. So has Liz, but we can’t do it alone (though we will if we must.). //

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