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Republicans have always wanted one-party rule. They're almost there.

If and when the Republicans vote to acquit Trump, democracy as we know it will die. While we mourn its death, Republicans will celebrate and dance on its grave. They will finally have what they’ve wanted for years, one-party rule. They can rig and even cancel elections and stay in power forever, and I’m sure they will do it.

When they use the phrase “the American people”, they are not talking about us. They are there to serve the extremely wealthy who financed their campaigns, and to become extremely wealthy themselves. They don’t want to have to compete for their highly lucrative jobs every two or four or six years.

For years they’ve used Fox News and Rush Limbaugh and Alex Jones, among others, as State media to demonize Democratic politicians who keep destroying their dream of one-party rule. When (most) Democratic leaders use the term “the American people”, they DO mean us. Beginning with FDR’s New Deal, Democrats have long fought for programs that help us have a better standard of living and a more just society, programs that many of the extremely wealthy don’t want to help pay for. And since (until now) one-party rule has been out of their reach, they’ve had to gain and keep their power by cheating in elections and by using lies and propaganda to turn the American people (us!) against the very party that exists to help us live better lives. Sadly, they have been amazingly successful.

I am holding on to a tiny sliver of hope that there will be four brave Republican senators who will stand up with their Democratic compatriots and vote for witnesses, turning this farce into an actual trial. At least then, truth would have more of a chance to be spoken and heard. And if those witnesses turned the tide and allowed Trump to finally be held accountable for his crimes, those four senators would forever be heroes for saving our democracy.

If they don’t, I’m afraid the 243-year-old American Experiment will be over.

I shudder to think about what comes next. I fear our democratic republic will quickly become an autocracy and our lives will become much more difficult than they are now. I pity the young people who will have to live with the consequences of this Republican/corporate coup for many more years than I will. I’ll probably have left this life before the earth is completely destroyed by these greedy, reckless fools and their counterparts around the world.

But my children and your children will still be here, trying to live the best lives they can in a very changed--more impoverished and less free--society. I wish Trump’s voters would understand what they have unleashed on our country: a president who wields absolute power because no one will stop him. He obviously has great respect for dictators, and now he’ll get to be one, too.

He said he wanted to run America like a business. Welcome to America, Inc.

Where's Igor?

I thought Lev had a partner.

WTF, Jonathan Turley?

I can't find a downloadable DU app in App Store

I used to have a DU icon I could click on my iPhone, but now I have to go to Google and find DU. Help, please.

Why can't I stay logged in?

I didn't use to have to log in every time I went into DU. Now--even though I always click "keep me logged in"--I have to log in again even if I've just been away for an hour. What's up with that?

Kansas once again has a Democratic woman governor

Congratulations Laura Kelly! Congratulations Kansans! The long Brownback/Kobach nightmare is over!

I just posted this rant on Facebook

(I may get blocked or unfriended by some repub relatives, but fuck 'em.)

I'm sorry, but this is NOT "the greatest country in the world." It's not even close. It is controlled by an electoral minority in red states with anti-democratic values, like abolishing: the separation of church and state, the safety nets that keep poor people from starving to death, health care assistance that keep poor people alive, reproductive services that allow women autonomy over their own bodies, and environmental regulations that keep our planet liveable. To name a few. The majority of Americans want all these freedoms and systems to be strengthened, or at least, left alone, but our voices and votes don't count.

Whatever right wingers want they get, and fuck anyone who doesn't agree. I fear for this country, and I'm ashamed of how backward and ignorant it is. Greatest country in the world? Bullshit. People in many other countries would beg to differ.

If this offends any of my republican relatives, I'm sorry. You have been seriously misled by the oligarchs in power and the propaganda machine that allows them to lie, and cheat, and steal to get and keep power. I am so angry about this most recent travesty. Putting someone like Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court is a slap in the face to millions of women, and basically tells the majority of people in this country that what we want doesn't matter.

Trump and his minions are not making America great. They are destroying the America we knew and turning it into America, Inc. Thanks, Trump voters. Thanks for nothing.

We need another WH whistleblower

This is what needs to happen to Trump. Surely there is one person in the WH who is brave enough to record him ranting about the stupidity of his base. Maybe hearing what he really thinks of them would make these people realize what a fraud he is and that they were duped. Maybe. Melania? Here's your chance to be a hero. You hate him anyway.

I know this isn't important

But why do people pronounce "imporTant" by saying "imporDant" or even worse "impor_unt"? Drives me crazy.

How can I search for a post?

I can't figure out how to do it.
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