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Biden's commission on Supreme Court expansion is expected to issue a report that offers no conclusion about the need to expand the Supreme Court. The current Supreme Court needs to be recognized for what it is- a partisan force supporting the Republican Party's agenda, including the drive for minority rule and support for evangelical whims. Recent decisions such as Citizens United and Shelby County v Holder have crippled the ability of Americans to maintain a government that prioritizes equity and the well-being of the citizenry as a whole. The expansion discussion needs to be changed from "court packing" to "court unpacking" in recognition of the fact that the current court was successfully packed by McConnell and the forces supporting the Federalist Society.
I posted a sanitized version of this graphic a couple days ago here:https://www.democraticunderground.com/100216059857
I took my original "FREE AS FUCK" text out of the image because it sounded harsh and bitter. Also, I'm an old guy and grew up in an era when fuck was one of the seven dirty words you couldn't say on television. I am not entirely free of that sensibility.
Words are not sticks or stones- or bullets. The real obscenity is the reckless, casual, and uncaring murder. Worse yet is the mountainous garbage heap of Americans who condone the killing and the even larger group of Americans who will tolerate it without evident concern.
For those who might have missed some of the gory details- the last picture is Rittenhouse, after the killings and before the trial, in a bar with Proud Boys wearing a shirt that says FREE AS FUCK. One of the things the judge excluded from presentation as evidence to the jury.
Brian Mast (CD 18, Florida) threw a temper tantrum before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Monday, exploiting recently deceased service members, rather than providing actual evidence, to promote a Republican lie. Mast's most recent previous venture into the national spotlight was when he cried about having to wear a mask in the House after he was vaccinated.
Ron DeSantis has given up all pretense of governing on behalf of Floridians whenever it conflicts with an opportunity to posture for the MAGA base. Currently, he's fighting school boards around the state that want to enforce mask mandates while the Delta variant surges. At the same time, he's touring the state to preside over the opening of monoclonal antibody therapy treatment centers in an almost daily pursuit of photo ops. The governor wants you to know that AFTER you get sick (often because of discouraged mask use and indifferent vaccination levels) you should get to a monoclonal antibody site without delay. He's RegeneRon.
Florida is a magnet for politicians who are totally devoid of human warmth and empathy. DeSantis fits snugly in the mold of the robotic, soulless Rick Scott and the rabid, self-absorbed Former Guy. Ron DeSantis is prepared to climb over as many dead bodies as necessary to realize his personal dream of instituting an authoritarian American presidency.
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