I feel so misunderstood.
I know, right?

But don't you all worry. I've raised kids and survived teenagers.

True story . . .

Son returns from summer camp. Within an hour he rolls his eyes at me 3 times.

Me: Wasn't it nice at camp when you didn't have to roll your eyes?

Him: I rolled them anyway because I knew somewhere you were being annoying.

You'd think Twitter trolls could at least be funny.
Someone asked what I said that enraged these guys.

It was this tweet:

I totally see why it made them mad. Did Bannon's indictment change anything? Nope. Since then, I've responded to a few people saying "there are never any consequences."

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28 Nov
Yes, the Republican Party is radicalized and will stop at nothing to get power.

I am suggesting that this is not new, and that trying to
achieve a true liberal democracy is a constant battle.

The problem is one of expectations.

People who have been following me for a while will find this threat repetitious, but I have new followers, so here goes.

One way to see the current Republican Party is that they want to return to the 1920s (or earlier!)

But let's take the 1920s.

White men ruled all of our institutions: Universities, governor's mansions, both political parties, labor unions, Congress, the press, etc.

There were no laws against fixing prices, or manipulating markets, or insider trading.

Read 15 tweets
28 Nov
The best way to save your sanity is to get busy as a volunteer.

You work with like-minded people.
You are strengthening democracy.
And you lift yourself out of the exhausting daily news cycle.

There is plenty to do: terikanefield.com/things-to-do/
I practice what I preach:

Past 6 years: I worked in several elections (in 3 different states) as a voter protection volunteer lawyer.

I spent several weeks in a detention center offering legal advice to asylum seekers through @RAICESTEXAS

I worked in a polling place . . .
. . .in the CA recall because I was afraid enough people wouldn't volunteer because the poll workers were facing so many threats and so much violence.

When you're busy you have less time to doom scroll.
Read 4 tweets
28 Nov
It's easier to bash than build.
It's easy to jump to conclusions without all the information.

I've seen this reasoning: "There's no reason for this to take so long, therefore, Garland is either incompetent or corrupt."

The flaw logical flaw lies in: there is "no" reason.
When I took philosophy courses in college, I was taught that it's easy to criticize and find flaws, but first, try to understand.

When I taught English at the college level I found that students were quick to judge characters.

It's easy to bash.

Some of this comes from the nature of social media.

If you missed the video Timothy Snyder posted yesterday, please see it. In the second Tweet, I linked to the thread in which I tackled the same issues before seeing his video.
Read 5 tweets
27 Nov
Timothy Snyder said that shock is "pre-helpless."

The idea that doom is inevitable unless X happens removes our agency and makes us helpless. In fact, what we do makes a difference.

The closest we have to a magic bullet is a Democratic sweep in 2022, including local elections.
This person also misunderstood me.

The only thing standing between us and the return of the Trump regime is the Democratic Party -- so maybe trashing and battering the Democratic Party isn't smart.

Of course, everyone is free to talk about Democratic failures . . .
. . .but if a majority of voters believe the Democratic Party is a failure (or they believe the Democrats are responsible for Republican law-breaking because they stubbornly refused to Do that Something that will solve the problem) I can't see Democrats winning in 2022.
Read 21 tweets
25 Nov
The planners of the insurrection intend to cast themselves as persecuted victims of a foreign plot coordinated with FBI and Antifa.

Instead of worrying about legal defenses (which they won’t have) they’ll focus on creating an alternate reality.
The danger would be if a significant enough portion of the population comes to believe this.

My opinion is that the gravest danger to democracy is the spread of this kind of disinformation.

(By the way, one thing Flynn says is "we don't trust the institutions.")
This isn't a backup plan because they have nothing else.

This is the plan.

Democracy (the form of authority based on rule of law) depends on facts and shared factuality.

Fascism (the form of authority based on a powerful leader) is based on myth.
Read 13 tweets
25 Nov
🔹The committee will be finished before November. They're aiming for Spring.
🔹The DOJ will have all the material and it continues until 2024.
🔹If the Republicans take the House, the select committee "dead in the water" isn't the problem.

I suspect the panic over the DOJ / investigation timeline comes from this idea ⤵️

First, notice the authoritarian strong-man view of the world. Must be Tough. Must LOCK THEM UP.

Second, people forget the trial stage. We don't leap from indictment to "locking 'em up."

Third, this is all based on the delusion that the criminal justice system can solve the problem of right-wing extremism.

If people think that, refer them to this video (transcript on my blog).

Wanna prevent the Republicans from taking the House?

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