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As we head into Labor Day Weekend, I wanted to share President Biden’s speech with all the Widdershins. As the historian Michael Beschloss said afterwards, this moment echoes across time to two other Presidents who, like Biden, spoke on the eve of extraordinarily consequential elections that put America at a crossroads between democracy and ruin.

President Lincoln, before the election of 1860, gave a now-famous speech about slavery, contending that “a house divided against itself cannot stand” – that if America continued to embrace a system that was against the spirit of the Constitution, a system in which only some were free, we would lose our democracy. President Roosevelt, before the election of 1940, had to contend with American apologists for Hitler and Nazism, and clearly laid out what the future would be if we did not enter the war and stand up for democracy.

President Biden made this clarion call for democracy and against the MAGA movement at exactly the right time. Once again, our democracy stands on the brink of falling to an extreme minority who does not believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, the right to free and fair elections, or the peaceful transition of power. These Nazis, these fascists, these white supremacists, simply want to enshrine themselves as the rulers of America – and they don’t care how they do it.

In this speech, Joe Biden did what he doesn’t like to do – he made a clear division into “us” (patriotic Americans, no matter what party) and “them” – MAGA extremists who do not believe in our vision of America.

It’s about fricking time. As we know, Hillary was ahead of him by 7 years! But, better late than never, Joe.

The liberals made my life miserable for 43 years. And I’m going to make their lives miserable for 43 years.

Clarence Thomas to his clerks in 1993

This is the petty schmuck who has led the charge to make all the people he hates – women, LGBTQ+, and non-Christofascists in general – into property of the State. I say “the State” because the federal government, in the person of six ideologues who never should have been confirmed to the Supreme Court, has removed basic privacy protections from all of us.

The State has decided that only women who live in blue states will have rights to their own bodies. In essence, when one person is denied the guarantee of freedom, it opens up the precedent that everyone can be denied the guarantee of freedom. Thomas and the five ChristoClowns have decided that no one has rights to their own bodies except white, straight, Christian men. (I think Clarence Thomas counts himself as white – that’s the only explanation for his buying in to this anti-American bullsh*t.)

As Quixote pointed out in comments, this is the re-establishment of slavery; but Slavery 2.0 casts a much wider net than the original. Friday’s decision removed basic human rights from 166 million women and girls. And each of those women and girls has many people that love her and will grieve her pain along with her. So when she is raped and has to bear her rapist’s child, or dies in childbirth, or dies from an ectopic pregnancy, or lives in poverty and misery because she can’t afford a child, this suffering doesn’t just impact her. It impacts everyone around her.

The horrors that will spread from this decision are unimaginable, and I think we are all incredulous that no one could see it coming in 2016. Young white people in particular should have come out in droves to vote for Hillary, but no. They couldn’t be bothered because “both parties are the same” and “Bernie woulda won.” Do y’all get it now, Gen Z and Millennials? You’re the ones who will actually be impacted by this. I’m going to be 55 this year and can no longer get pregnant, which oddly, makes me feel guilty that I won’t be directly miserable along with so many others. (Jewish guilt is rough.)

For those who say this will only impact women of color, and wealthy white women in red states will be fine because they can travel to other states, I think they’re in for a surprise. The Christofascists have thought of that loophole. They want to test women for pregnancy before allowing them to travel out of state. And, they want to criminalize miscarriages. Sounds like Slavery 1.0, doesn’t it? Will they be sending bounty hunters to capture runaway pregnant women if they cross the border “illegally” to states where they’re not considered property?

Based on the wave of protests that started on Friday and will likely continue, as well as the vast majority of Americans who disagree with SCOTUS, this terrible decision will drive enormous turnout in 2022 and the Democrats will increase their majorities in the House and Senate. (This doesn’t even count the impact the J6 hearings have had on the QOP – but that’s for another post. That will also be quite significant.) Nevertheless, I agree with Quixote, DYB and other Widdershins that every Democrat running for office in 2022 needs to be on message as to what they are going to do to fix this. I’d like to hear them say three things: 1) I will vote to amend the filibuster to make progress on legislation the Republicans are blocking; 2) I will vote to expand the Supreme Court and 3) I will vote “yes” on the Women’s Health Protection Act. None of these things can happen without two more Senate Democrats to nullify Manchinema’s inconsistent insistence on keeping the filibuster sacrosanct sometimes, whatever whatever.

The QOP has massively overstepped both their power and their mandate. They may be celebrating now, but they will be crying in November, and for decades to come. And Clarence Thomas, you will be f*cking miserable for the rest of your disgusting, pathetic life.

Hello Widdershins! Thanks for bearing with me and DYB while we worked out our schedules so we can have fresh content every week. We both tend to get busy and it’s tough for either one of us to post during the week; so we are now going to alternate every weekend. This means we aren’t necessarily going to have a lazy weekend any more – we’ll just post what we feel. My guess is, we’ll still probably have Madge whether it’s a musical post or not!

I also wanted to share that Fredster is still working through his health challenges. I hope he will be back soon.

This was not a great week if you’re in MAGA World. Merrick Garland’s Justice Department is suing the state of Georgia for their restrictive voter laws meant to deprive (mostly Democratic) Americans of access to their franchise. Murdering racist psychopath and MAGA hero Derek Chauvin got at least 22.5 years in prison (more charges are pending). Rudy Giuliani’s law license has been suspended, with disbarment nearly a certainty. Bill Barr and others are spilling lots of dirt on how desperately Drumpf tried to make the former Justice Department overturn the election. Nancy Pelosi announced that she will create a select committee to investigate the insurrection of January 6th. And now, New York prosecutors are thisclose to pressing criminal charges against the Mango Moron’s eponymous organization.

New York prosecutors have given former President Trump‘s attorneys until Monday afternoon to provide an argument as to why the Trump Organization should not face criminal charges, The Washington Post reported.

Last week, it was reported that the Manhattan district attorney’s office was considering bringing criminal charges against the Trump Organization as a whole and against executive Allen WeisselbergThe New York Times reported that Trump’s attorneys had made an appeal to prosecutors from the district attorney’s office to not file charges against the company.

Two sources close to the matter told the Post that Trump Organization attorneys now have until Monday to make a case as to why the charges shouldn’t be filed.

Monday?! That’s tomorrow! But hey, I’m sure that uber-professional organization with its desirable clientele has great attorneys, right? Welllll…it turns out that one of them, Marc Mukasey, defended Eddie Gallagher, the Navy Seal who was accused of war crimes and court-martialed (another MAGA hero of course). Marc is the son of GWB’s Attorney General, Michael Mukasey. And to top it off, attorney Mukasey was a protege of one Rudolph Giuliani. You can’t make up how incestuous this world is.

Meanwhile, Drumpf’s other attorney, Alan Futerfas, was a defense attorney for the Colombo family in Noo Yawk, and was one of the first lawyers to jump on the Treason Train when the Muller probe began.

Without Bill Barr to aid and abet those attorneys, I’m guessing this latest development is the worst part of Drumpf’s Very Bad Week.

It couldn’t happen to a more deserving person.

Open thread, bien sur.

Good weekend Widdershins

We interrupt your normal musical weekend for breaking news

As “they” say, the chickens have come home to roost.  Trump and Melanie were diagnosed with the rona.  The announcement came at around 1:00 this morning and by the late afternoon apparently symptoms had progressed to the point that he was medivacked on Marine 1 to Bethesda Military hospital this afternoon.  It appears at this time that Hope Hicks was the “superspreader”.  The number of people who have tested positively has grown exponentially which makes sense in a White House that frowned on wearing masks.

Among the people who have tested positive positive:

  • President Donald Trump
  • First lady Melania Trump
  • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks
  • Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah
  • Three White House reporters
  • One White House staffer
  • The Rev. John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame University (Jenkins was at the White House Saturday, when Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee. Barrett was a law professor at Notre Dame for 15 years before Trump nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.)

 

Other tidbits:

  • Pence and “mother” tested negatively (for now?) He’s been jumping up and down shouting “I’m ready, I’m ready” but so far Trump has not turned over the keys to the kingdom, at least not yet.
  • Supposedly Trump was “spooked” when he got the rona diagnosis.
  • There has not been a meeting with the Gang of Eight from Congress to update them on the situation although I believe that would be a normal procedure.
  • Trump received a “full dose” of an experimental antibody cocktail under “compassionate use” criteria.

In the good news category, Joe and Jill Biden tested negatively for the virus, and I am very happy to hear that.

Take the conversation wherever you wish but including gossip is good and cheap gossip is even better.

Infamous open thread.

Happy long weekend Widdershins

So Memorial Day is officially on the 25th, Monday.  In many parts of the country it was also previously known as Decoration Day and is a day to honor and mourn those who were in the military and lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.  You can kind of see that in the image above.

I’m sure there will be many among us who will indeed go to lay wreaths or flowers at the graves of those they have known who died while “serving”.  Of course since the day officially falls on Monday there will be plenty of time on Friday and Saturday to get in their barbecues and other normal celebrations for the weekend.  Exactly how those celebrations occur remains to be seen but if tRump had his way it would be full speed ahead and damn the virus.

However this year let’s think of some other dead we could say died because of their country.  Let’s go ahead, round up, and say the one hundred thousand who have died from or due to complications of covid-19.  We should honor these souls because it is all too possible that we could have had fewer deaths from the virus if our incompetent President* been able or willing to get his shit together instead of blaming everyone else.  And when I refer to those souls I mean the patients, first responders, and all of the health care workers who lost their lives among many others.. Sorry tRump there will be something else to add to that asterisk after your name in the history books:  impeached and failed the country.

Charles Ives: Decoration Day

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