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Sun May 9, 2021, 11:24 AM

There Appears To Be A Organized Effort By The Repugs All Over The Country To.....

do as much damage to this democracy as they can.

It's like they've been building up for years to this push and they are pulling out all the stops to do everything possible to make sure that they are in a position to regain power and this time never relinquish it again.

There's an air of desperation about their actions too and they have no guilt about how blatantly they are going about doing this. It is based on lies, racism and corruption.

They are leading with their chins and just daring the Dems to take them on - knowing that the Dems are really helpless in stopping them.

Through the years there has been a slow build-up by the Repugs to this moment in history. They seemingly, methodically and patiently shaped their strategy to win the States - governorship's and legislature's - so that they can enact laws that support their efforts.

It's like - well if the current laws don't work for us - let's just change the laws to allow us to get around them.

What they are doing is not being done in isolation. Their moves are calculated and being coordinated around the country. And they are going all out now to accomplish this.

I don't believe that the former guy is the brains behind this movement. In my opinion there is some other more sinister force that is puppet-ing this corrupt and what appears to be an illegal effort.

They are proceeding full speed ahead and even with all the negative press they are getting - there appears to be no stopping them.

They're either going to pull off a coup this time or really fail bigly in trying.

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Reply There Appears To Be A Organized Effort By The Repugs All Over The Country To..... (Original post)
global1 May 9 OP
dlk May 9 #1
hamsterjill May 9 #6
dlk May 9 #15
Chainfire May 9 #38
dlk May 9 #40
roamer65 May 9 #2
dlk May 9 #17
roamer65 May 9 #19
LakeArenal May 9 #3
SMC22307 May 9 #4
SoonerPride May 9 #7
SMC22307 May 9 #9
Submariner May 9 #5
global1 May 9 #8
Pobeka May 9 #12
Bayard May 9 #14
colsohlibgal May 9 #10
birdographer May 9 #21
Fullduplexxx May 9 #11
NCDem47 May 9 #13
uponit7771 May 10 #43
brush May 9 #16
KPN May 9 #18
uponit7771 May 10 #44
ananda May 9 #20
paleotn May 9 #22
demigoddess May 9 #23
Grins May 9 #24
Grins May 9 #25
tiredtoo May 9 #26
bucolic_frolic May 9 #27
dalton99a May 9 #28
Pepsidog May 9 #29
Elessar Zappa May 9 #30
gulliver May 9 #31
uponit7771 May 10 #45
Lonestarblue May 9 #32
Dan May 9 #36
SuperCoder May 9 #33
global1 May 9 #39
Dan May 9 #34
Grumpy Old Guy May 9 #35
Escurumbele May 9 #37
ymetca May 9 #41
uponit7771 May 10 #42
Hotler May 10 #46
Wounded Bear May 10 #47
Ace Rothstein May 10 #48
spanone May 10 #49

Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:31 AM

1. I agree

For example, what’s the point of states, other than cruelty, for refusing the extra federal unemployment benefits? South Carolina and Montana have already cut them off. Kevin Brady, US House representative from Texas, has said other states will soon follow. Apparently, he means Texas. Americans are seriously struggling and this only harms them further. Republicans have become sadists on steroids.

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Response to hamsterjill (Reply #6)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:31 PM

15. Who knew there were so many ugly Americans?

It’s difficult not to be discouraged.

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Response to dlk (Reply #15)

Sun May 9, 2021, 02:30 PM

38. Minorities have know it for ages...

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #38)

Sun May 9, 2021, 06:24 PM

40. Without a doubt

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:33 AM

2. They are driving this country right into a break up.

Yugoslavia II.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #2)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:34 PM

17. They're still angry about losing the last civil war

It looks like they’re pushing fir a redo. I don’t think it will happen. They‘ll ultimately remain losers. Stay strong and what you can to fight back.

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Response to dlk (Reply #17)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:59 PM

19. It just may in the best interests of CA, OR, WA, NY and the New England states to secede.

Others will follow like MI, IL, MN, etc.

They have more in common with Canadian provinces than TX or AL, for example.

There is NO language in the Constitution prohibiting secession and the 10th Amendment specifically forbids the federal government from powers not specifically declared in the document.

So...any secession referenda will instantly be a SCOTUS case.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:34 AM

3. That's really harsh.

I’m not helpless against Repugs and neither is the Democratic Party.

I view this period as fighting back well.
We are winning small important battles.

Have a little faith and get out there and fight. Do what you can do everyday
Begin by not writing off Democracy so easily.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:37 AM

4. Why are Democrats helpless in stopping them? (n/t)

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Response to SMC22307 (Reply #4)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:43 AM

7. Asymmetrical warfare

We play by rules

They burn the rule book and do whatever evil thing they can think of.

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #7)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:47 AM

9. Agree and that's a choice. It could change. We're not helpless. (n/t)

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:42 AM

5. To blunt that effort the Biden team

probably needs to get key senators and the Congressional Black Caucus behind locked doors with Joe Manchin, and educate him about where does he want his place to be in history regarding the current assault on voting rights, and that Biden's programs are popular with the public, so get on board with the Party and stop this phony whining about bipartisanship that's never going to happen..

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:44 AM

8. 100% +++

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:57 AM

12. Yes. And Dems need to write letters from all around the US to Manchin.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:05 PM

14. Agreed

Manchin is loving the limelight he's basking in now, but needs to be whacked across the head with the implications for the country. Bipartisanship is a thing of the past, and he's being used as a tool by rethugs. Dems have to remain in power now, not as much for political ideals, but to keep America from being ruled by vile power-mad sociopaths.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:55 AM

10. This Is A Critical Period

The Republicans are increasingly a minority party and are pulling out all stops to remain in as much power as hey can.....enabled by the structural advantages they were seeded with.

I’m sure people in Germany thought they’d muddle through in the early Hitler years.

This is an all out battle against Trumpism and other nefarious Republicans.

There is no guarantee ever that the forces of Evil will be vanquished in time to avoid real trouble.

One glimmer of hope is that the ridiculous restrictions they are rushing to put in place will work at least as much to thwart Republican voters.

I hope we get through this period and come out well on the other side....but that’s no certainty.

Finally...Fat Orange Donnie has to be living on borrowed time, he’s way overweight and lives on Cheeseburgers.....no guarantee he will be alive by 2024.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #10)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:03 PM

21. I'm surprised he's lived this long

It must be the hate that motivates him.

If I were a brown person working for minimum wage at Mara-Lardo, I'd ... well never mind.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 11:56 AM

11. They dont want trump losing in the next election

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:03 PM

13. What keeps me up at night...

Are big picture things that Rs have systematically maneuvered on, all of which have power to suppress/invalidate Democratic voters:

1. Republican controlled state legislatures, even with Democratic governors

2. Supreme Court

3. Totally out-of-control right-wing media apparatus

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Response to NCDem47 (Reply #13)

Mon May 10, 2021, 04:07 AM

43. +1, the messaging infrastructure is military spec imho. They can literally start a stupid rumor

... like Pizza Gate and in weeks have someone wanting to shoot up the Pizza Parlor

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:34 PM

16. We're not powerless to stop them. We hold the WH, House and Senate.

This is a critical time and how we manage it will determine the future of nation. Manchin has to be reined in and told bluntly that his insistence on bi-partisanship is folly as enough republicans will never vote for Democratic bills so he's needs to stop insisting on it.

IMO jury is out on whether he's that naive about republicans or is he just playing the end against the middle to keep getting re-elected, whether it hurts the Democrats and the country or not.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 12:44 PM

18. Yup. It's pretty obvious to anyone really paying attention -- too bad the media isn't or ignores it

for convenience sake (well, greed).

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Response to KPN (Reply #18)

Mon May 10, 2021, 04:09 AM

44. +1, M$M thinks they'll safe with republican rule even after 5 years of Putin's Whore calling them ..

... the enemy of the people.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:01 PM

20. No, the brain consists of organizations like Alex..

and billionaire funded officials, stuff like that.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:06 PM

22. They're only hope long term is to ditch democracy.

Lots more money and power in modern fascism. They want to be just like Putie!!!

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:07 PM

23. they won't stop until they are a dictatorship. Should have seen it coming.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:11 PM

24. Key word: "Organized"

And “coordinated”.

They are that.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:12 PM

25. Key word: "Organized"

And “coordinated”.

They are that.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:12 PM

26. It is organized

Being led by ALEC.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:13 PM

27. They tried the illegal coup with insurrection

Next is a hybrid of illegal and legal with the laws they passed in state legislatures and the corrupt judges they installed.

And we fight with what - lawyers and the US Constitution which Repubicans ignore anyway.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:14 PM

28. It is a cult of racism, greed, pedophilia, sadism and death.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:29 PM

29. I think there will be regional mini civil wars pitting RW militias against hopefully loyal

local and state police and national guards.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:32 PM

30. How are Democrats helpless to stop them?

There's more of us than them. We're also smarter than them. They can be stopped, it's a matter of will.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:33 PM

31. Well, yeah, they've been whipped into a state of desperation

We have to counter them, because the yahoos are running the Republican Party. They aren't going to thwart themselves.

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Response to gulliver (Reply #31)

Mon May 10, 2021, 04:11 AM

45. +1, Whipped by having their asses whooped because no one wants their ideals except in groups where

... America is an in group and out group country.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:47 PM

32. Whatever the Republicans' ultimate plan is, it won't be good for democracy or the US.

The Republican base is so gullible that Republicans could succeed in a coup in 2024 and install Trump as president, and their base would still believe that they live in a democracy. I think the usual suspects are behind Trump and Republicans in their attempt to achieve permanent rule: Koch Foundation, Mercers, Uihleins, DeVos family, tech giants like Zuckerberg, etc. These billionaires know that democracy will still be around for them because they have the money and power to essentially do anything they want. Indeed, Republicans would still have democratic rights. I question whether those rights would be available for the rest of us.

Republicans will pull every dirty trick they can think of to intimidate black and brown voters into not voting in the 2022 election. It is vitally important for Democrats to pass the jobs and infrastructure bill as soon as possible to give it time to start working for people so they can see progress by 2022. If Democrats stall and think they have plenty of time to negotiate with Republicans, they don’t. It takes time for big plans like this to filter down to the local level. If it starts helping people in states like Ohio and West Virginia, that could be enough to move Independents to vote for Democrats in the midterms. Adding a Senator Tim Ryan in Ohio would be great. Time’s a wasting, and Republicans have already said they’re not playing, so get that bill written and passed ASAP!

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Response to Lonestarblue (Reply #32)

Sun May 9, 2021, 02:13 PM

36. I would state this - this way

“... they can think of to intimidate black and brown voters into not voting....” - would change to this, which I think would be more accurate.
...they will deny black and brown voters the resources that enable them to vote... failing that they have enacted legal tools where using the power of the State both suppress and negate their votes when exercised....

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 01:47 PM

33. Repigs

FTFY.

Some people could likely read it as pugs - cute dogs. ReTrumplicans are anything but. So, I figured 'pig' is the most offensive without going to cursing.


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Response to SuperCoder (Reply #33)

Sun May 9, 2021, 03:07 PM

39. I Use The Term 'Repug' With The Word 'Repugnant' In Mind... nt

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 02:07 PM

34. This plan to undermine democracy did not originate

At one time in the 47 states that the actions are taking place.

There has to have been coordination, someone(s) at the top.

It was not Trump, he’s evil enough but realistically he’s too stupid.

What the Federal Government should do - is identify the leader(s) and charge them with Sedition, Conspiracy and attempting to subvert the will of the people. Confiscate all there assets pending adjudication of the issues, and intern them during and until the adjudication of the issues as a threat to national security.

If found guilty, deport them to their desired home, Russia, and failing that then the resort in Cuba that we maintain.

My thoughts.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 02:12 PM

35. We know who was behind it.

The Koch Brothers and their ilk.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 02:19 PM

37. Yes, they have been learning from countries like Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, etc.

Those were the experiments, they seem to have been successful at screwing up their Democracies, their people, holding control, enriching themselves, and no one says anything about it. No one is willing to help those countries.

This has been a work in progress. Even dummy G.W. Bush said it "it would be easier to rule if this was a dictatorship and I was the dictator.". Betsy Devos screwing up education, why? Because it is easier to rule over ignorant people, the dismantling of our government (Steve Bannon, etc.) because when there are no departments that can prevent your corruption the agenda can move along very well.

Yes, they want to rule, and because republicans suffer from "non-consequence awareness", they don't understand that if they succeed, their kids and their kids will also pay for it. They live in the now, they can't think ahead, they don't care about their legacies because dead people don't care, and they know they have very little time in this world, they just want to enjoy the now as much as they can.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Sun May 9, 2021, 10:48 PM

41. Not just in the U.S.

But in democracies all over the world, primarily because of the ideology of neoliberalism.

The Chicago School of Economics.

The Powell Memo, et al.

The Big Oil, Reagan/Thatcher, "drown government in a bathtub", Davos-attending billionaire cabal, their think-tanks, and their all-pervasive media/propaganda outlets, with some supply-side Jesus-nomics sprinkled on top. "God's Banker" and all that tommyrot.

The "Why? Because I can" crowd.

Or, as George Carlin once said, "It's a big club, and you ain't in it."

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon May 10, 2021, 02:04 AM

42. K&R, and the M$M still thinks republicans are safe

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon May 10, 2021, 09:46 AM

46. Their hate for us is what drives them. Their demand for that hate is what

drives their elected politicians. MSNBC and CNN and others need to send reporters out to ask the average repug on the street why they hate Democrats and Liberals?

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon May 10, 2021, 09:53 AM

47. Demographics is their doom. They are deperately fighting to maintain power despite that...

We need to fight back. Trump was as much a symptom of the general rot you've pointed out as a "genius" political actor.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon May 10, 2021, 10:10 AM

48. The 2010 elections were the beginning of the end of America.

The Republicans took over so many states that election, and combined with the census, they were able to gerrymander themselves into permanent control of a number of those states. They've also built themselves, albeit smaller, advantage for the US House.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Mon May 10, 2021, 10:12 AM

49. will every election now be 'audited'?

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