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Aug 3 4 tweets 1 min read
I honestly cannot believe that in the year of our lord 2022, in the 21st damn century, we are watching a state vote on whether women’s bodies and wombs belong to their state. Unbelievable. No one would believe this is a modern country If you explained the shite happening here. Can you imagine in 1865 if instead of a war, the U.S. had held a state-by-state vote on race-based slavery? Oh wait … I actually could imagine that. And much like today, such a vote would have been severely restricted, to ensure the “right” outcome for wealthy planters.
Jul 31 5 tweets 2 min read
Whenever you hear Pat Toomey speak, remember that he used to run the Club for Growth: a right wing political organization whose goal is to reduce billionaires’ taxes to as close to zero as possible. sourcewatch.org/index.php/Club… So when Toomey complains that the veterans families who just want to be made whole for chemical exposure industries are basically props for “interest groups” and then rambles about spending rules and amendments, as he LED the opposition to the VA healthcare bill, remember:
Jul 23 4 tweets 1 min read
Something to seriously keep in mind come November. Control of state legislatures is literally control of every aspect of your rights and freedom. Heads up especially for women, POC and LGBTQ folks, and anyone who wants social security, Medicare and Medicaid to keep existing… Republicans have mused over the years about constitutional amendments:
-banning same sex marriage and abortion
-requiring a balanced federal budget, which would trigger automatic, catastrophic cuts to the entire social safety net
And who knows what else the MAGAs would think up.
Jul 20 4 tweets 1 min read
This is literally the only path to passing everything from voting rights to women's rights to limiting the damage the SCOTUS is doing to this country by adding more justices and finally taking action on the climate crisis. 50 Senators is NOT enough-gives 2 of them too much power. Voting is not a one shot deal. It's a systematic plan you implement over & over again until you get what you want. That's what the far right did. For 50 YEARS. But to fix their damage you don't need 50 more. A lot can be done in the next TWO. Then you vote to defend what you won.
Jul 20 4 tweets 2 min read
Amen. @sesamestreet is one of the best programs ever created in America; and it was specifically designed to improve the reading, writing & math skills of inner city Black and Brown kids & to normalize multicultural understanding & friendship. @SesamePlace needs a history lesson. More here:
Jul 16 7 tweets 2 min read
Bottom line: women are not free and full citizens in America under the 12th-18th century laws we have been bound to by the “originalists.” The rights of women, racial and sexual minorities, including our right to vote and to privacy, exist at the whims of our respective states. And then to make it extra spicy, these same “originalists” have decreed that our states have the power to discriminate against us as voters or as humans (when it comes to sex and pregnancy and commerce) any way they choose to, as long as they don’t explicitly say “race.”
Jul 15 4 tweets 1 min read
The only policies Trump enacted were that massive tax cut that went 80% to the rich and took away blue state property tax deductions and installing far right judges including the 3 on SCOTUS who ended Roe. When Republicans say “but I liked his policies” that’s what they mean. Besides that, his only other accomplishments as president were stripping off the phony veneer of “compassionate conservatism” so Republicans could drop political correctness and stealing 1,000 migrant kids and banning Muslim grannies to placate anti-immigrant hysteria.
Jul 15 4 tweets 1 min read
I honestly think Mr Hoppe dod us a service. He finally answered the question: what are these “policies” Republicans like when they claim they don’t like Trump’s behavior but would vote for him again: tax cuts for the rich and far right judges…the two things Trump actually did. The 3rd thing Trump did was finally free Republicans from the bonds of political correctness. They no longer have to pretend to be compassionate conservatives or to believe POC should have the right to vote or immigrants matter or that they care if giving birth destroys a child.
Jul 11 4 tweets 1 min read
In the old text, "fear God" meant to be in awe of creation and the creator of all things. In the hands of the right it apparently means "fear them," as they wield the power to make you conform to their religion. Not unlike the witch-burning "pilgrims", Inquisitors and crusaders. Meant "Puritans" not Pilgrims. Dreaded lack of an edit function on Twitter!
Jul 7 11 tweets 2 min read
It's a nice break from all of the awful going on in this country to have a president award the Medal of Freedom to civil right heroes, sports and acting legends, religious healers whose only zealotry is for kindness and mercy, and not a single toxic, racist, talk radio jock. Also love that this list includes not just Denzel, Diane Nash and Simone Biles but also Sandra Lindsay, the Jamaican-American nurse who got the very first COVID vaccine, and Gold Star dad Khzir Khan, who spoke so eloquently about the values we're supposed to share. Great list.
Jun 30 8 tweets 2 min read
In the 18th century, Africans were enslaved/forced laborers with neither civil nor citizenship rights, i.e voting. Women were little better than property. Their lives and bodies were fully controlled by their fathers, husbands or male relatives. Most whites were desperately poor. Wealthy white Christian* male landowners enjoyed extraordinary control over all of these groups of people, and used it, plus guns and religion to wipe out most indigenous people (who were considered “savages” entitled to neither land nor rights) and to amass extravagant fortunes.
Jun 27 6 tweets 2 min read
The U.S. has long been the country people around the world like my parents dreamt of coming to. If we descend into a physically decaying, socially regressive place with widespread poverty, environmental rot & religious fanatic authoritarian rule, it won’t just be artists leaving. Yet there are people openly cheering for that outcome — denouncing higher education, seeking to dumb down k-12 into little more than lies, platitudes and Bible reading, glorifying guns, stripping women of physical agency & enacting religious laws while citing the Inquisition era.
Jun 25 10 tweets 5 min read
I mean… the “leave it to the states” argument is not different from the one slave states made before the civil war: that their “peculiar institution” was fundamental to their economic need for mass agricultural labor so there could be no national standard for individual liberty. And the result of the Alito ruling is that women are literally free in some states (with full bodily autonomy) and state property in others. And the “free” and “slave” states look a lot like they did in the antebellum period-as do the women who will disproportionately catch hell.
Jun 24 4 tweets 1 min read
Welp. The Christianist majority on the SCOTUS has made it clear that they intend to return this county to its 18th century state and they are accomplishing their goal. We will now have free states for women, and states where women are returned to their 1700s status as property. There will be underground railroads to get rape victims to free states, and whispered codes about how to help women in Gilead states that prosecute anyone who helps them try to leave their state to get the care they need. Oh and women locked in asylums if they do end a pregnancy.
Jun 24 4 tweets 2 min read
The SCOTUS' Christianists: the states must decide whether pregnant women are state property.

Also SCOTUS Christianists: the six of us get to decide every state's gun laws. And we like the laws that existed to support the fugitive slave acts in the 18th and 19th centuries. A reminder that the reason abortion was legal for white women in distress back then but otherwise illegal was the same reason we have a 2nd Amendment: slavery. Slave children were property, so aborting them or aiding in such was an economic crime. ldhi.library.cofc.edu/exhibits/show/…
Jun 23 9 tweets 2 min read
When you have an ultra right wing Christian* unaccountable SCOTUS majority for whom “originalism” means returning this country to roughly what it was in the 18th and 19th centuries, this is what you get. They genuinely mean to repeal the 20th century. And their utter impunity is the direct result of socially moderate and liberal voters’ passivity and checked out disinterest in active civic participation, combined with right wing Christianist voters’ stolid determination to ALWAYS vote, even for Satan himself, to get their way.
Jun 22 5 tweets 2 min read
This doesn't surprise me at all, and it's what I would expect from all of these men, who would -- to a man -- vote for Trump again, despite what they and their families have gone through. They'd do it all again. The only real question is: would they still refuse to break the law. To understand this, you have to realize that for people like Rusty Bowers -- who is a fervently religious Christian (a Mormon to be precise -- the LDS church is among those that say the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God)... Trump is a means to an end. sltrib.com/opinion/2022/0…
Jun 20 6 tweets 2 min read
Your daily reminde that no one is safe from MAGA fascism. No one. Not Republicans. Not conservatives. Not innocent family members who aren't even involved in politics. No one. You either submit and comply or this: Conservatives complain that "wokeness" makes them feel silenced online or in educational spaces or that it's annoying to have to remenber pronouns and be politically correct. Well the MAGA message is that you will BE silent. You'll do/think what they say or be PHYSICALLY menaced.
Jun 15 5 tweets 2 min read
Lauren Boebert, like Maddy Cawthorn before her, is finding out what it looks like when the billionaires who hide behind racial/religious “populism” get the courts, legislatures and self-generating cult movement they need to get untaxed and deregulated don’t need her kind anymore. This kind of “populism” has always been a convenient front for really rich people to watch the rabble burn the country fighting to get THEM lower taxes, more subsidies and less regulation. Pop quiz: what is the major legislation Trump signed in four years? The wall? 🤣🤣🤣
Jun 4 6 tweets 2 min read
“Birth mothers who give up their babies for adoption report extended feelings of grief, anxiety and depression. Some have suicidal thoughts. “I have never gotten over it,” wrote one woman who had relinquished her child 20 years earlier.” Only a deeply cold, cruel person could suggest that carrying a child, wanted or not, for nine months, with all that pregnancy does to your body and mind, giving birth — which kills more women in America than in other developed countries—then handing the baby over is the easy out.
Jun 3 4 tweets 2 min read
I mean… @ElieNYC is right about the 2nd Amendment… 🤷🏾‍♀️ what did y’all think the “well regulated militias were FOR??” npr.org/2021/06/02/100… See this is why history needs to be taught, not banned. Most Americans know far too little about the history of their own country. nytimes.com/2021/05/28/boo…