Tuesday, March 5, 2024

No Safety


"The only evidence I see of the antichrist here is everyone's desire to see him at work."
-- William of Baskerville, The Name of the Rose

God will not save us.

If that's what you were hoping for, you're going to be disappointed.

Your deity will not save the Republic and it's not like he promised to anyway. 

Either he's not up there, or he doesn't much care. 

Or, more likely, he's a Republican and from what I gather he doesn't have much use for democracy in the first place.

Either way, he's not going to save us. 

He's not. 

Plague, genocide, mass murder, fire, flood, locusts, nailing people to crosses, those are his specialties. He's not big on free will or women thinking for themselves and Donald Trump is right up his alley -- well, at least the American Evangelical version anyway. 

What's that? 

Oh, you're insulted already and we're only a couple paragraphs in? 

Good. It's about time you got mad. If I'd known, I would have insulted your god long ago. 

You're going to need that energy in the coming years.

You see, whatever your god is or is not, what I'm saying is that while I'd be happy to be proven wrong, given his track record when it comes to such things I probably wouldn't count on thoughts and prayers saving the Republic anytime soon.


Likewise, some Special Counsel isn't going to save us. 

The Attorney General isn't going to save us -- and can't now even if he wanted to, which he very clearly does not. 

I told you, back when the liberals were all giddy and swooning over Robert Mueller, that it would go nowhere. Oh, there was plenty there, sure. Obviously so. Russia Russia Russia. We all saw it. Hell, Putin bragged openly about how he diddled our elections. A massive Russian intelligence operation was uncovered. Thirty-four people were indicted, including prominent members of Trump's Campaign. A bunch of them went to jail, but not Trump. Mueller was too much of an old school G-man. He thought it would be enough to lay out the evidence and Department of Justice and Congress and Republicans would do the right and honorable thing like it was 1974 and Richard Nixon was giving us the finger on the way out the door with the White House silverware. Mueller couldn't wrap his head around the fact that there were no honorable Republicans left, including and most especially Bill Barr -- who is ironically today warning America about the dangers of electing Donald Trump again and he certainly would know, wouldn't he? 

Speaking of Attorney Generals, I told you Merrick Garland would fail us. I fucking told you. I told you that if Trump wasn't indicted, charged, and convicted in time, he never would be. There was a window, maybe two years, where Garland could have put Trump away and the nation might have accepted it and we could have moved on with minimal violence. He's got to go slow! Garland has to cross the T's and dot the I's! It's a painstaking process, have faith in the system! My audience screamed at me. You're not a lawyer! You don't know! And you were right, I'm not a lawyer. But I do know politics. I'm certainly not an expert on the law, but I know what civil war looks like -- I've been in the middle of more than one. 

Liberals just never understood that this was never about the law. 

It was always about public perception and that's something Donald Trump understands very well indeed. 

Now it's election season and it's too damn late for Merrick Garland. We can't put Trump away because he's the nominee. We can't even keep him off the ballot. Q.E.D.

And here we are exactly as I told you we would be.

The Court is not going to save us. 

I mean, come on, you're not in any way whatsoever surprised by the Trump Supreme Court decision, are you? 

You're not that damn naive. 

No, you knew, or you should have anyway. It's not like you weren't warned. 

SCOTUS, champion of "States Rights," has decided that states do not have the right to keep Trump off their primary ballots despite the very, very clear and unambiguous language of the Constitution specifically requiring them to do exactly that. 

But, again, you're not really surprised, are you? You were warned, over and over and over again. You were warned what would happened if Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell were allowed to pick the majority of Justices. You were warned. You knew. Don't pretend you didn't. But not enough Americans cared, not back when it would have made a difference. Not enough to show up for the elections where their votes could have actually changed the outcomes. Those elections weren't sexy enough, weren't important enough, didn't affect them personally enough. Hell here in my own Florida District 1, serial sex trafficker Matt Gaetz's district, less than half of registered voters even bother to show up for anything less than the general election every four years -- the one election where their vote doesn't actually decide the outcome. 

And here we are.  

This bought-and-paid-for Supreme Court was never going to save the Republic. You knew that. 

Yes, you did. 

This Court was put in place to save Trump not the Republic. 

This Court was put in place to serve Republicans and the Kochs, to turn women into livestock, to unleash Christian Evangelical fanaticism on us. And they will do exactly that. 

Oh yes they will, with a vengeance. 

We could have stopped it, but it wasn't important enough to enough Americans. And by the time it was, it was too late. 

And here we are. 

The Press for goddamn sure isn't going to save us. 

The Press is the only private enterprise given enumerated rights in the Constitution. Did you know that? But the Press has long ago given up their sacred role as the watchdog of liberty in exchange for clicks and likes and profit. 

The kind of journalism that once brought down Richard Nixon is as dead and buried as Trump's first wife. 

Moreover, the Press has no interest in saving the Republic. 

Why would they? 

Blood, war, disaster, Trump, that's what sells, that's what pays million dollar CEO salaries. That's what built William Randolph Hearst a castle on top of a mountain. Trump has been a media cash cow for forty years, they won't give him up until he's dead and probably not even then. 

When the Press tells you Joe Biden is old, what they really mean is that Joe Biden is boring.

They're not wrong. Biden is boring. Good government should be boring. You shouldn't have to think about it all the time. You shouldn't have to spend every minute worrying if the lunatic in charge is going to start a trade war or invade your uterus or just randomly decide to drop nuclear bombs on a hurricane. 

But boring doesn't sell. 

Boring doesn't generate views. 

Boring doesn't make media CEOs into billionaires or build castles on top of California mountains. 

The Press isn't going to save us, even if it means they get put against the wall. Hell, they'll livestream their own execution for clout. Watch and see if they don't. 

A lifetime of sloth, fast food, and clogged arteries is not going to save us. 

Not in time anyway.

The Republican nominee for president is a twice impeached, self-declared serial rapist, a convicted fraud, and a tax cheat currently out on bail, facing ninety-one felonies in four different jurisdictions, who owes over a half a billion dollars in restitution for his crimes, who can't differentiate between a picture of the woman he raped and the mother of his children (who he also raped, that's why she divorced his flabby orange ass, and why he had her buried in an overgrown weed-choked plot on his golf course for a tax break), who is so addlepated he often doesn't know the name of the current president and his supporters have to keep making excuses for his fits of dementia and increasing memory lapses, who brags about how he managed to identify an elephant like he'd discovered nuclear fusion on a test any five year old could pass, and who led an insurrection against his own country live on national television.

His opponent is boring. 

But we're acting like this is some sort of normal race between normal candidates. 

It isn't. And hasn't been for at least twenty years now.

It's not just Trump who is spiraling down into madness, it's the entire Republican Party. But we keep acting like this is normal. Just like the good Germans did a few generations back. 

And here we are. 

We all know what another Trump presidency means. 

Liberals know. 

Conservatives know. 

Our allies know. Putin knows. 

The courts know. The Press knows. 

Your god knows, if he's up there. 

We all know. We don't have to guess. Trump is literally telling the entire world what he'll do:

I'd love to see the following question put to Trump. 


What's that? The Press? No, I don't expect the Press to demand that answer from Trump or even from Republicans. He wouldn't answer anyway. 

But Congress? 

The Court

Yeah, the branches of government charged with checks and balances on Executive power? I expect it from them.

That's their goddamn duty. 

Listen, can a president order the FBI to dismember a journalist with a bone saw if he thinks it's the "proper decision" for America? That's what happens in Saudi Arabia where those in charge have immunity from the law. 

Is that what Trump means? 

Can a president order the CIA to throw those who criticize government out of a 10th story window for the public good? That's what happens in Russia where Vladimir Putin is immune from accountability. Is that what Trump means? 

Can a president order the army to execute his brother-in-law with an anti-aircraft gun? That's what happens in North Korea where Kim Jong Un has total presidential immunity. 


You think I'm engaged in hyperbole, don't you? 

But am I? 

Donald Trump has promised to be a dictator on Day One. What does he mean by that and who will suffer for it? Don't you think maybe we should find out before he's allowed back in office? 

Don't you think maybe Congress should find out?

Don't you think the Court should find out before they allow him back on the ballot?

If the president has total immunity, can he then order the government to raise taxes on the citizenry and business without regard to their particular representation in congress? What if it's to pay for a war with, say, France? If not, why not? And is there perhaps a historical example of this particular situation in American history?

Say, speaking of our history, let me ask you this: If the president has total immunity, can the president then refuse to sign or enforce laws -- even those "most wholesome and necessary for the public good?" Can he? Can the president order state Governors to likewise refuse to "pass laws of immediate and pressing importance?" How about this: Can the president refuse to pass laws unless the people who want those laws are willing to give up their right to "Representation in the Legislature?" If you're a Republican, think about this in the context of your complaint regarding Joe Biden and the border. 

Can the president order the congress to meet in locations "unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records?" Can the president just dissolve Congress entirely, if the legislature opposes him "with manly firmness?" and then refuse to allow election of new representatives?

Can the president refuse to allow immigration? (I know. I know, you're wondering what sort of weird tangent I've gone off on, aren't you? Can the president refuse to allow immigration and what? Hang on, it'll become clear in a few more lines)

Can he refuse to appoint judges? Or only appoint them if they swear loyalty to him? (and has he done so already?)

Can the president just appoint new government officials and send them out to "harass our people and eat out their substance?"

Can he increase the size of the army and make us pay for it? And can he make the military independent of civilian oversight or give it power over civilian authority or even require us to house soldiers in our homes? And if the military turns its guns on Americans, can the president protect those soldiers from any punishment or accountability -- particularly if they did so on his orders? (Say in Chicago, for example)

Can the president just cut off trade with the rest of the world if he wants? (why does this sound so familiar?)

Can he raise taxes? He can lower them, right? So, why can't he just raise taxes as well? If not, why not? 

Can the president suspend your right to trial by jury? Or transport you overseas without a trial to be tried by a foreign court for "pretended offenses?" (and if you're thinking about rendition right now, you get a cookie)

Can the president invade a neighboring country, abolish its government, establish his own totalitarian puppet state and then point to it as an example of why absolutism would be likewise good for you? If not, why not? What stops him? (and will Mexico pay for it?)

Can the president fundamentally change the nature of our government?

Can the president make laws without Congress?

Can the president declare war on his own citizens? Or if not war, then refuse to defend America from those who would "plunder our seas, ravage our coasts, burn our towns, and destroy the lives of our people?" Can he hire foreign mercenaries to do it instead of the army? Can he conscript you and make you wage war on your fellows? 

What does Trump mean by "total presidential immunity?"

Does he mean any of that? 

No? Of course not. That sounds crazy -- well, except for the parts where it doesn't, right? Are you sure? 

Are you? 

How do you know?

Because that's the Declaration of Independence

Those were the grievances our Founders used as justification to tell King George III to shove his immunity up his inbred ass. 

Oh, but then there's the last line, the final straw.

This one: "He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us..."

Yeah. Right there. That.

The Founding Fathers were so outraged by that idea of the guy in charge fomenting domestic insurrection, turning American colonist against American colonist, that it pushed them into open rebellion against a King who likewise thought he should have immunity from the very laws he imposed on his subjects.

Presidents do not have immunity.

The very idea is abhorrent to liberty and justice and the founding of this country.  

Instead our leaders must be held to the highest levels of accountability at all times.

That is literally the entire point of the Constitution itself. 

The Grand Old Party started out with Abraham Lincoln and ended up with Trump. 

Lincoln was assassinated by a cowardly seditionist who believed in the same violent rhetoric and oppression as Donald Trump -- and it's little wonder why the ideological descendants of John Wilkes Booth are front and center at every Trump rally proudly waving their Confederate flags and shouting for violence and murder. 

That's the Republican candidate for president. 

The Courts will not save us. History and tradition will not save us. The Press will not save us. 

Our children are not going to save us -- but they very well might end up pissing on our graves for our lack of courage. 

And your silly god will most certainly not save us. 

There's no miracle coming. 

There is no easy way out of this where you again get to be a lazy spectator to history while someone else does the grunt work of democracy. 

Not this time. 

No, you're going to have to show up. 

You're going to have to show up and do your duty even if you don't want to. 

You're going to have to show up and make a decision, even if you don't like the choices. That's why they call it duty, Citizen. 

It's not about you. It's about the Republic. 

You're going to have to face down the goons and the brawlers and demand your just place on the right side of history, even if it costs you your life.

You're going to have to face down the violent fanatics, not for yourself but for those who cannot fight themselves -- for if civilization cannot defend the helpless from savage brutality, if it cannot give voice to the voiceless, if it cannot grant freedom to those in chains and liberty to all, then what damn good is it? 

If you want a better nation, then you're going to have to be a better citizen. Even if you don't want to be.

It's up to us, same as it always was.

“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”
-- Eugene Victor Debs


  1. Rings true from beginning to end.!

    1. I'm curious if you are actually confident that even if Dems win a landslide, the courts won't side with the inevitable "massive fraud" claims from the Cheeto, and toss the election to the dick-tator?

    2. Absolutely. We must show up. WE ARE THE CAVALRY! Nobody else will rescue us.

    3. Nope - I am not confident. But for that to be a risk, there first must be the landslide. And the larger the landslide it is, the more knots they have to tie themselves up in, which means the more places the rope can break - to torture that analogy. And no, the map is not favorable, but if the House can be flipped back and/or the Senate held, then the avenues for such arguments are minimized. When the game is rigged against you, you have two choices. Give up and always lose, or fight as best you can and maybe lose, but maybe win, and with a stroke of luck, sometimes win big.

    4. I’m curious as to your take on Trumps scheme to have Mike Johnson refuse to recognize electors from swing states and throw the election to the House.

      Seems a solid plan to me and I don’t see a solution. Doesn’t matter how hard we vote if Johnson so decides.

      Also will you please unblock me on Twitter? No idea what I said to offend but I’m sorry. I’m Mrs.Peony.

      Finally good for you for taking care of yourself — not always easy to do.

    5. This would only be possible if Republicans keep control of the House. The new House meets on Jan 3, before the electoral votes are counted. If Democrats win a majority, Hakeem Jeffries will be elected speaker, and the electoral votes from all states will be counted.

    6. Even courts fear a majority.

    7. Absolutely. This is where we are. We are entertained, rather than participating, and this will be our downfall.
      "But on eliminating every other reason for our sad demise
      They logged the only explanation left
      This species has amused itself to death

      No tears to cry no feelings left
      This species has amused itself to death"

  2. Great essay, thank you. And thank you for the quote from Eugene V. Debs, one of my heroes.

  3. I was ranting about a Supreme Court disaster in 2000 if bush was elected, or appointed, as it turned out but never could have imagined in my worst nightmares trump getting three appointments, or even being elected, or appointed, as it turned out. And special kudos to mcconnell.

    1. I track back all the mess of this country to THAT moment, when the SCOTUS voted on ideological lines and gave the presidency to a moron. Our votes didn't matter and I'm forever bitter about it.

    2. That, indeed, was the first stolen election

    3. Your votes DO matter, that is pretty much the entire point of Mr Wright's essay. No, it isn't glamourous. It isn't particularly heroic.
      It's merely what you need to do if you don't want another Trump presidency.

    4. I am still dumbfounded that they even deemed to hear the case, let alone decide who should be "president". I clearly remember thinking, "oh this is setting a very, very bad precedent. I can't believe they're doing it".

    5. Imagine what Al Gore could have accomplished had SCOTUS chosen him instead of Bush in the 2000 Presidential Election. I think that was the tipping point for our country’s downhill slide — and here we are.

  4. You are absolutely right, Jim. Thank you for your continuous efforts to urge us all to show up.

  5. Chills. Heading out w/ the kids to vote on Super Tuesday and stressing the importance. Well said as usual, thank you!

  6. Well written as always Jim. The same thing that could have saved us when we really needed it. You gotta vote, and vote in every election. Had Democrats shown up when Hillary was running, we wouldn’t have this large orange issue. Vote like your country depends on it because it does.

  7. I've believed everything you said,and have had anxiety over it for years now.
    I show up for local, state and federal elections since I've been able to vote!
    I'm 64 an am frightened by half of this country.
    They would push me out ot a 10 story window, I have no doubt.

    Thank you for your well written WARNING ⚠️!

  8. Damn, Jim. Yet again you hit it on the head.

  9. I wonder what proportion of college students actually get to vote? Many of them are not in their home districts and unless they request and return their absentee ballots, a good chunk of voters who have the power to affect change are lost. Every place of higher education should send their students home with 1 summer assignment: don't come back unless you're requested your ballot (and you in the military better ask for yours, too!)

    1. Lots of them register and vote at their college addresses, which is fine, and thank goodness!

    2. Unfortunately, some states (have at least tried to) prevent students from registering to vote at their college addresses. Designation of "in-state" vs "out-of-state" for tuition and scholarships overrides actual residency.

    3. My spouse is military and we currently live in a very blue state (reasons). Our home of record is a very red state which is where we’ll be voting. Not that it’ll do much good but we are trying.

  10. Oustanding. I wish there was a "Standing Ovation" button here. Brilliant, as always.

  11. As usual, spot on......It's terrifying that we face this and yet so predictable.....a part of our population have their souls for a modern day antichrist......may God have mercy on our souls....

  12. I knew over 25 years ago that the Republican party was losing it. So I stopped voting for any Republican which was easy - the last Republican I voted for switched to being a Democrat! But I didn’t expect the party to lose it as much as it has. It’s more dangerous to our country than any outside party.

  13. Thank you. I hope they listen.

  14. Chilling as hell. This essay is required reading for every American, including MAGAt’s.

  15. Well said, Jim. Thank you!

  16. I wish you were wrong, but you’re not. Dammit.

  17. Jim, this was worth waiting for. Thank you.

  18. This has been percolating in your head for a while, obviously. Thanks. As to a reading… I prefer written, so if you’re going to have a spoken word version, include the written one. I could see this one almost read as beat poetry though…

  19. The other night I wrote this: "Just one time before I die I would like the chance to be really brave. To face my greatest fear and face it regardless of the consequences. And then take action and expect that the worst willhappen." At this age I really don't want to be a martyr, but it may come to that.

  20. Chief, your words have moved me. Literally. I am attending my local Democrat meet up this Saturday morning. I aim to be a better citizen. Thank you.

  21. Thank you, Chief. I appreciate your writing on this topic.

  22. It really has gotten to this point. I’m afraid. I haven’t given in. I don’t want to lose our democratic uniqueness that our founders created. We The People. My wife and I might have been the only, or a very few if any at all this morning, at our tiny little community center here in the heart of podunk Trump country, voting on a republican ticket against Trump.

  23. Biden should deliver this speech on Thursday night's State of the Union.

    1. "Biden should deliver this speech on Thursday night's State of the Union." - Yes!

    2. Yes, I would cheer if Biden would put this in his speech on 3/7

  24. Jim, you are a lawyer, a damn good constitutional lawyer. You just don't have the pieces of paper. You are a better lawyer than the gutless guys who do have the paper.

  25. Thanks as always, Jim.

  26. Outstanding essay. Every single word of this rings true.

  27. Well written! I still hold out the hope that we will not have to endure another Trump regime. I was saddened in 2016, but hoped the system of checks and balances that we all learned about in school would prevail. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. I fear for our nation’s future. But I will vote in all elections, as well as encourage others to vote. Thanks for your thoughts. It’s good to know others share similar thoughts.

  28. You cannot say it better or clearer the danger staring at us

  29. I wish more people, people with a national audience, would express the ISSUE with such urgency: more, if possible. Unfortunately, given all the crazy around, if you’re a nobody, they write you off as another crazy alarmist. At least you’re reaching a fair number of people. I’ll repost your words, and post mine for all the good it’ll do, but these last several years have eroded my estimation of about 80% of people to dust, fallen into a swampy whirlpool of sad disgust.

  30. Been watching this rolling disaster of a man take over more and more and encourage like minded people in other countries (including mine) to do the same. I worry for the future. Currently reading Doppelganger by Naomi Klein and getting truly worried for our next election. :( Thank you for summing up the situation. (donation sent)

  31. So very much on point!! I am convinced that if Trump gets elected for president it will be the last election in the US until after yet another civil war.

  32. I had hope that this crisis could be avoided, but that hope died this week. We'll be killing each other in the streets by the end of the year unless Democrats sweep to victory even in the red states. The fix is in and only the citizenry at large standing up and voting with one voice to silence the Trumpists in November will we be able to avoid this blood bath; and maybe not even then.

    The media are clueless. They are still addicted to Twitter. They can't even figure out it's been renamed to X yet, much less refer to it by its proper name, Xitter. By the time they understand how clueless they are, they'll be up against the wall documenting their own executions, just as you say.

    It's up to us, unfortunately. We can only hope that we can rise to this task.

  33. I am full of despair over the young “progressives” who say they will not vote for ‘genocide Joe’. They really don’t get it. There is no option of sitting it out and voting for one of the wingnut 3rd party candidates backed by dark money (No Labels) is just voting for tRump. How do we reach the single issue voters in our party?

  34. Brilliant as always, Jim. I wish I had more hope. But I don't. That's why I left the country.

  35. Navalny is what happens when your country is run by a dictator. What concerns me even more than the election, assuming Trump loses again, are accusations of voter fraud, election fraud, mail-in ballots, voting machine fraud, and tampering with electors, resulting in a multitude of court actions with the buck eventually stopping at the Supreme Court. We know what will happen then. That may very well be the beginning of the next civil war that the right has promised us.

    1. Navalny is what happens when your president has full immunity.

  36. Jim, how refreshing to read your article with clear and concise info. I thank you for putting into words how a lot of us feel but could never verbalize. Thank you!

  37. Thank you as always! You have touched and reminded us of points that should not be forgotten.

  38. Jim, thank you for posting your concise * true info for us to read. I have been thinking all of this but lack the verbal skill to put down on paper like you can. You are wonderful and so honored to be your friend!

  39. Perception. Manage the perception. From, "I'm really rich!" Then, "I'm being persecuted and prosecuted for you." Donate to and vote for me!!! Everybody likes an underdog, right? We've been bounced around on a national ping pong table. Want to keep democracy intact? Can't count on Congress or SCOTUS? Count on yourself and verified candidates, down ballot to the top.

  40. trump is a moron

    Excellent essay, but noticed an error. Trump's wife that he confused with the woman he raped was Marla, not Ivana.

  41. I hate it when you're right.

    I do mildly disagree with one thing. The SCOTUS case about taking Trump off the ballot... the decision was unanimous. Even the liberal justices said that Colorado couldn't keep him off the ballot, because if that were allowed, then sure as anything, there would be one or more GOP states trying to take Biden off the ballot.

    Apart from that? All too spot-on.

  42. Great essay today! You absolutely nailed it!

  43. I did Early Voting for our Primary .. and yes I voted for Biden. Thank you for your clear concise fact stating.

    Until the latest debacle I held onto a teeny tiny slim Hope & Prayer that the Supreme Court would do the right thing. I was not surprised when they did what they did .. yet I was terribly disappointed in them. I do NOT want to live in a Dictatorship.

    I am old but I am still vocal in my opposition. IF Trump is re-elected by stupid idiots, I expect to be murdered by Trumpers because I will not give in and be silent unless I am dead.

    THANK YOU for all that you do!!!

  44. I'm not sure why, and for all I know it's not in your polemical wheelhouse, but for some reason I'd love to see you take to the talking heads circuit and face off against blowhards like Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson and Charlie Kirk and the rest of that faux-literate chattering class as they boast and bray and pontificate and deceive the naive.

    Great essay, sir! I'll be sharing it around.

  45. All of this. I admit that I thought the Mueller Report was going to open the heavens and all would be right with the world. I actually read the Mueller Report, redactions and all, and thought surely this investigation would wake everyone up and we could get back to normal. That dream for me died when Bill Barr lied about the report, the media became disinterested and we moved on to the next crisis. That was when I knew we were not in Kansas anymore, and no one was coming to save us.
    You are spot on as usual. My mantra is now: Being a good citizen in not a part time job.
    We have to save ourselves, I only hope it's not too late.

  46. Yet most are not running around with their hair on fire, just waiting for "common sense" to save us. I heard that the state of Texas is looking at outlawing both IUDs and the morning after pill. trump has stated he will withhold federal funds for states that mandate vaccinations to attend public school. His whole crazy rant from VA last Saturday (?) was completely ignored by the large MSM like Wa Post and NY Times. I read about it because someone in the comment section commented on it. The Guardian reported the speech almost verbatim. US press? Nothing. Even a google search found no large MSM news media mention of it. These once respected publications are now bullhorns for trump. The only columnist at Wa Post sounding an alarm is Jennifer Rubin, and even she has been very late to the table. But Biden is old. You're right no-one will save us except us. That's what worries me the most. I'm 65 and read comments about people not voting for Biden because "he did nothing for me." In my 45 years as an adult I can't recall ever voting for a candidate because I personally benefited from any policy. I voted for the good of the country and society as a whole. I've never been as frightened as I am right now and would have never thought I would see this once "great" nation on the verge of collapse. Apparently many of us have learned nothing from history, and these ignorant voters are dooming us all to repeat it.

  47. My anxiety grows with every Republican dancing along with the Drumph conga line.
    I worry for the Earth.

  48. There's a whole different group out there that I wish I could reach better and drive this message home to: the not unhappy, the middle class average soccer moms and dads, the ones who make enough money to be comfortable, the ones who are raising their kids without worrying about whether they can feed and clothe them. Also the ones who seem to just manage to put food on the table, who work hard but it's never quite enough for them to be truly comfortable. These groups don't worry about Trump (or much of anything political) because they're either just a little too comfy, or not comfy enough and have to worry about their daily bread. Neither of them see the danger clearly enough. All my friends who fall into these categories know my position on Trump but I really don't think they actually care...yet. They don't think he's affected them, yet. They aren't afraid, yet. But I think they will be eventually. I just hope they don't follow your essay and realize it too late.
    In the meantime, I will continue to remind them. Regularly. Thanks for the ammunition.

  49. Vote! Vote! Go out and get the Vote!

  50. The feelings of apathy or helplessness are real this year. We've had problems even getting enough workers to work the polling places this year. Two different towns in the county are having to adjust/ combine precinct polling places which will be causing some confusion to the voters. I'll be working in the call center this evening checking whether someone is in the correct polling place or if they have already turned in a ballot by mail. EWW

  51. I am just hanging in there until after voting for anyone other than that orange traitor.

  52. I’m a recovered drug addict and that “he has to dot the I’s and cross the T’s always made me crazy. They arrest and charge you ON SUSPICION of committing a particular crime ; then they investigate further . I know ; I was in jail ON SUSPICION of possession because I was standing on a drug dealer’s porch. Hadn’t bought anything yet. Anyway. That was always a ridiculous argument; thanks for calling it out . Also there was copious evidence and a plethora of i’s and T’s already dotted and crossed . Have been since day one of the Emolument Administration.

  53. I wish that those who really need to read this would do just that.

  54. Amen. You better show up and vote blue or it will be the last chance you have to ever vote again.

  55. Thank you, we need to reach farther and deeper into the country, more of us need to realize whats at stake. Thank you for quoting Eugene Victor Debs. Social Activist 1855-1926.

  56. Mr. Wright is spot on right. Kudos. So get your butts out and vote from School Board, to local, to State, and General Elections. Otherwise, Trump and his Oligarch Wannabes will recreate all the scenes from news footage that you see from all the Autocratic Dictatorial Governments across the globe.

  57. I am right, and properly, terrified. I always show up and vote. But this year needs more than that.

  58. Thank you. I am forwarding this link to all and sundry. Maybe a few of them will read it....

  59. Well said.
    We have to do the work.
    Let’s do it!

  60. Unfortunately, you're right on target, Jim. No notes.

  61. Over the past 3 decades the cornerstones of the US democracy have been chiseled away, and the people didn't notice. When news was no longer required by the FCC, when stations could be purchased by conglomerates instead of the requirement that the markets must retain independence, when the educational materials included religion in the sciences and started to again whitewash history, it all leads to this.
    The ones in power don't realize they are about to experience Trent Reznor's "Hurt". They will be come kings, but have reduced that kingdom to shit. I can't remember where I read this, but I believe the saying goes "they are gladly paying for the rope to hang themselves with". I hope I am still around to see it, however I fear that many of us common people will be the chattel.

  62. Spot on! Well written!! I’m 67 and I would definitely put my life on the line in the name of democracy. This is such a sad and pathetic time.

  63. Kudos once again Jim

  64. All that, and yet still not dire enough. Trump is immaterial. If he stroked out during his inauguration speech, it wouldn't save the Republic. The 2025 project is there to make sure of that.

  65. God Bless Each & Everyone of YOU😘❤️

  66. It's not Trumps fault. It's the Supreme Courts fault.

    You're terrified of what would happen if Trump got elected, but why wait?

    If the Supreme Court has failed in its duty of applying checks and balances, if it rules the president is above the law and can act with impunity, then why wait for Trump? Disband the Supreme Court. Throw the judges in jail. No trial, no lawyers, Do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

    Watch the immediate outcry. It's unconstitutional!! No, the Supreme Court just ruled the president can do what he wants. The Supreme Court just ruled the Constitution to be worthless. It's fine. And by the way, there isn't going to be an election this year...

    And then, when the South threatens to rise up in open rebellion and full civil war is imminent, back down.

    Reinstate the Court. Select new judges will affirm that the president is not above the law, that Biden overstepped and is no longer eligible to be president...and of course, neither can Trump.

  67. All true but I've one nit to pick. William Randolph Hearst didn't build his castle based on his newspapers profits. He was rich when his daddy gave him his first paper. His papers made money, usually, but not "build yourself a castle and plunder Europe for art" money.

  68. What have things come to when we’re actually cheering for Nikki Haley to win the R nomination?
    So now we wait and see if she’ll utterly renounce Trump or if she’ll fall in lock step and support him. As PJ ORourke said about Hillary; “She's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters.”. Haley getting the R nomination wouldn’t have been great, but it would have been normal in the GHW Bush sense of the word.
    But now….

  69. You really hit it out of the park with this one! Thanks Jim👍

  70. The part that especially hurts is the state of journalism today. Once upon a time the press would've eaten Orange Twitler alive & he would've joined Nixon in slinking back into the primordial slime from whence he came. Okay, maybe not quite the same bc this asshole has NO shame. Our once-vigilant Fourth Estate lies in shambles and, because of that, we've lost one of our most powerful weapons in the preservation of our democracy.

  71. I've been saying it for years...The GOP MAGA Republican Party is the American NAZI Party of the 21st century...history isn't rhyming, it's repeating.

  72. Where does this idea of a benevolent god come from? From the story we learn that it took 7 days to create the universe and about 3 days after that to give boot to the "ultimate creation". They literal told humanity it's on it's own. This is truly a human problem. They said there would be no intervention. Vote, it is really all you've got.

  73. I think most liberals understood. I supported Nixon in 1960. I campaigned for Goldwater in 1964. So I learned as as youngster that republicans talk about all the important principles while constantly ignoring them. They aren’t principles if they do not come first. Unfortunately, our only hope is to believe in those principles and act and speak in their support.

  74. AMEN! (or does uttering "amen" imply I'm putting the responsibility back on God's shoulders?) In other words, you've hit the nail on top of his frigging orange head.

  75. You have just expressed the fears I have been unable to articulate. I lay awake at night, knowing this is coming and knowing we must save ourselves, if we can. Vote in November, vote as if your life depends on it, because it just might.

  76. Another good one, Jim. Take care of yourself and yours, keep posting your amazing bird photos, and I look forward to every essay…


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