Thread: For my fellow American democracy lovers, of any stripe.

This first anniversary was an emotional rollercoaster for me. We'll have to heal ourselves and democracy, while unceasingly fighting for justice at the same time.


Imma watch and re-watch this strong, timely, presidential address over and over. Been waiting for these things to be said, inside that sacred place.

Some more great videos to watch from today.

Stephen Colbert:

Mary L Trump PhD, and Lawrence O'Donnell.

I've come to really appreciate the insights of both.

"We don't have time to despair." Rep Jamie Raskin.

I'd never heard of him until he lost his beautiful son Tommy to depression, announced to us on 12/31/20.

Raskin immediately, ably served the country after 1/6: Utter strength & patriotism.

TFG becomes DFP. (I really hope that doesn't mean something tawdry on Urban Dictionary.)

Either way, he is a DFP. And a traitor, and a bunch of other things. And so are the hundreds of henchmen and women who helped make #TheBigLie and 1/6 happen. Tick tock.

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6 Jan
That's true, the level and type of co-ordination became clearer after the event.

But days prior (see my next tweet) and on 1/6 itself, there was already enough publicly available info to know this was a coup attempt with a terrorist attack involved.

Sickening isn't it?
I gotta provide some context about my 12/27/20 tweet below. I was almost out of the cult & had accepted #TrumpLost. But I kept an open mind about supposed "evidence" GQP Senators promised to reveal on 1/6. That was the last possible legal "remedy."
I had underestimated the level of violence, but plenty of people closer to the subject gave explicit warnings on Twitter, that evidently were ignored by authorities before 1/6.

From early on I wrote about the yawning gaps in routine security planning:

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Very quick thread on #FreeJimStewartson @jimstewartson

(I added his username in anticipation of a positive result from his appeal below. Also FW @radicalizedpod please & subscribe to their podcast. It's brilliant, as is Jim.)

I am sick to death of having to beg Twitter to reinstate accounts that are actually on the good side, ie law abiding people volunteering their time and throwing everything they have at the dire emergency caused by far right fascism throughout the GOP.
#FreeJimStewartson is one of the pro-democracy activists I first started reading on my journey out of the "maga" mvt culminating on 1/6/21, almost one year ago today.

His evidence & arguments are among the best I've seen. H/t @rickyx2001 @gal_suburban @davetroy for pic:
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2 Jan
Her post is a good eg of the fact-free "logic" used in the far right fascist GQP. It's an educational tool. (MTG is just a tool.😉)

On the upside, her Twitter a/c had about 500k followers, and at Telegram it's 150k. Many are bots. But in any case, the vocal minority are TINY.
My advice to fellow pro-democracy fighters:

Always remember how tiny the group of literal anti-Americans is. An unknown number of 2020 R voters left within weeks of the election & they're not going back.

So do not let this place get you down, ever.
Both sides claim to be "the silent majority" all the time.

Right now the actual silent majority includes D voters, #XGOP folk like me, and everyone who didn't vote R last time. That's a huge number.

To win 2022 we* have to Get Out The Vote like never before.
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An interesting thread of points from the attached opinion piece.

A couple of points I want to add:

The pandemic stagnated the population as a whole in 2021, and that is temporary...
Travel restrictions are the main reason for declining lawful immigration worldwide. When immigration came to a screeching halt, most countries were worse off as a result. Skilled labor shortages were enough of a challenge before the pandemic... it's gone crazy now.
The idea that even the US can be functional without skilled foreign migrants and temporary guest workers is a nonsense.

Demand levels in specific industries are too fluid for the long process of domestic education and training to respond in time. Even truer outside the US.
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#ProCovid losers on the right are claiming this is some kind of bombshell admission, lol. We have known this from pandemic Day One.

They do not, and cannot, #science.

Much easier to take a quote out of (ANY kind of) context. Dishonest. So don't fall for it.
During a pandemic it's essential to any hospital patient's safety to be tested for the virus. Because it may affect the care they need, period.

It affects others, too. Because every aspect of this pandemic is a public health issue that can seriously affect other people.
The US Constitution and laws have ALWAYS allowed governments to declare a national security / public health emergency and TEMPORARILY suspend SOME individual freedoms, in order to SAVE LIVES and maintain national security. These are the most important rights enshrined in law.
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Remember the never ending stream of 2016 celeb deaths, capped off by George Michael on Christmas Day, of all days?

I'll never forget Betty White. Catchy song #ThankYouForBeingAFriend was loved *before* Golden Girls even began. It says so much. Playing it on blast. Image
Dare you not to cry happy tears playing this and thinking about all the friends you have known over the years. Some of mine died, others moved away, or I did.

You are on my mind rn, thanks to Betty White.

Poignant we'd learn of her death on New Year's Eve, of all days. She didn't make it to 100 and I'm sure she didn't care (Jan 17th).

Like that other famous person taken during this terrible year, just 3 months short of 100. He said with a smile at 90 he didn't want to make 100. Image
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