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Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in history. His career in the life and health insurance industry involved medical risk selection and brokerage management. Retired in Florida for over two decades after many years in NJ and NY, he occasionally writes, paints, plays poker, participates in play readings and is catching up on Shakespeare, Melville and Joyce, etc.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 24, 2024 - Letters, Gun Violence, a Fine Senate Candidate, and an Unfit State Chief Justice

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Writing Those Letters and Fighting Gun Violence

My letter to the Palm Beach Post concerning gun violence (see my most recent posting four days ago),  was published on February 21.  Unfortunaely, the Post managed to mess up its second sentence but the message did come through.  I have contacted the paper’s editor and perhaps he will have his staff brush up on the English language, but still, reaching many thousands of their readers is better than what Jackspotpourri usually attracts.  

I believe the Post will not print more than one letter a month from an individual reader.  I know one resident here who writes letters to the Sun-Sentinel under his wife’s name to avoid their similar restriction.  Clever! 

Go back and read my letter (on some devices, that prior posting appears right after this) and consider donating to the charities fighting gun violence: BradyUnited, Giffords, or Everytown.  Just google them with the words ‘gun control’ to get to their sites. Support them!

 JL                               

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Debbie  Muscarsel-Powell




Work to Replace Rick with Debbie

Errors in using the English language, as mentioned above, should be taken in stride because this is ‘Florida,’ and not a more enlightened State, of which there are perhaps 48 in the country. That’s why we manage to elect to office those like Ron DeSantis and RickScott.  And speaking of Scott, he can be retired from the Senate in November if you vote for Debbie Muscarsel-Powell to replace him.

Please join me in helping get her elected.  She is a strong backer of the President and will work in the Senate to pass measures that will benefit all Americans.  Keeping a Senate majority in November is extremely important because of its role in confirming Supreme Court nominees, and of course, Rick Scott is an insult to democracy, proven by his anti-Social Security, anti-Medicare positions as well as his history as CEO of a private hospital chain that was convicted of defrauding Medicare some years ago.

Check out Debbie’s website at https://www.debbieforflorida.com/ and make a donation to help her defeat Rick Scott.  CLICK HERE to get there.

JL                               

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Alabama – Less Enlighted than Florida!

One of the two possibly less enlightened States than Florida is Alabama.  A judge there recently ruled that embryos created during the invitro fertilization process (IVF) are ‘extrauterine children’ and legally protected like any other child.  Destroying such an embryo could result in criminal charges.  As a result, IVF procedures are already ending in Alabama while their few remaining sane legislators are scrambling to remedy this crazy judge's decision.

The judge, Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker, wrote in an opinion attached to the ruling as follows:  “In summary, the theologically based view of the sanctity of life adopted by the people of Alabama encompasses the following (1) God made every person in His image; (2) each person therefore has a value that far exceeds the ability of human beings to calculate; and (3) human life cannot be wrongfully destroyed without incurring the wrath of a holy God, who views the destruction of His image as an affront to Himself.” 

This guy presumes to know how the Creator views things!  That is at best the kind of claptrap preached at rural camp meetings under a tent on some cow pasture.  Nobody has a clue as to how God ‘views’ things, including clergy, judges, journalists, or politicians.

Aside from Alabama's Chief Justice being unfit for office, as a denier of the First Amendment, this raises some interesting questions:

First, Until the 1960 election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, no Roman Catholic had ever been elected to the presidency and only one, Al Smith in 1928, had even run. Politicians feared they would lose votes by nominating a candidate susceptible to the charge of potentially being under the domination of the Pope in Rome.

That kind of logic can lead to the point where Protestants are denied nominations by our major political parties, the way Catholics once were, because of the many among them representing theocratic ideas, opening the door to undemocratic Christian Nationalism domination of our government.  Officials such as Alabama's Chief Justice and the Speaker of the House of Representatives come to mind.  This won't happen, of course, but if Catholics can be discriminated against, why not Protestants?  The parallel should be noted.

While still recognizing and honoring the role religion has played in our history, we still must keep it out of government, including judicial decisions made by courts.  JFK’s election proved this could be done and of course, the Founding Fathers knew it from their parents’ and grandparents’ horrid experiences back in England in the seventeenth century.  Today’s Republicans must learn to recognize this, even if it means removing 'under God' from the Pledge to the Flag and getting rid of chaplains in legislative bodies.

Secondly,  Could that ‘wrath of a holy God’ to which Justice Parker refers be represented by the Creator having visited upon us the person of Donald John Trump as our deserved punishment for the deaths of those resulting from gun violence, poverty, and unjust wars against other human beings, all of whom were also created ‘in his image.’

This jerk (I cannot come up with a more polite way of describing Judge Tom Parker, the Chief Justice in Alabama) should be put in a time machine, shipped back to the Inquisition, where Torquemada might hire him to help burn people at the stake.

Anyone who is truly religious and believes in an afterlife knows that on his demise, Judge Parker will go to Hell, if there is such a place.  Come to think of it, he may already be in Purgatory, waiting for a boat ride across the River Styx to Hades, Purgatory being the local waiting room of Satan’s realm, more commonly known to some as the State of Alabama, a fact made obvious by those they elect to public office.

An inner voice says, ‘Enough, Jack.’

JL                               

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Voting by Mail – This is Very Important!

Florida voters have gotten used to voting by mail.  It’s safe and simple.  But just because you might have done it in the past does not mean you can automatically continue to do so.  Current State election laws require you to renew your ‘voting by mail’ status before the next election in order to receive a ‘vote by mail’ ballot.  

If you vote in Palm Beach County, do it right now by visiting https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Voters/Vote-By-Mail or by clicking here   For those who do not want do it online, they can sign up for vote-by-mail by calling (561) 656 6208.  In other Florida counties, visit the website of your Supervisor of Elections or call them.

JL                               

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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri

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Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them. 

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Again, I urge you to forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it, particularly if they are a registered voter.  This is an election year.  Spread the word.

 

 

JL

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

February 20, 2024 - Donald John Trump, a Maureen Dowd Column, and Shootings at a Super Bowl Victory Celebration

 

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Kansas City Shooting and a Letter

Hal Habib, sportswriter on the Palm Beach Post, recently wrote about the shooting at the giant rally in Kansas City celebrating the Chiefs winning the in the Super Bowl a few days earlier, pointing out that gunshots are not uncommon at athletic events.  I wrote a letter to the Palm Beach Post, expanding on Habib’s remarks.  I will let you know if they publish it.  (I write these letters because if they publish them, they are exposed to almost 100,000 daily readers, far more than this blog is.)

 Anyway, here it the content of my letter.

‘Hal Habib's (2/18) article on shootings at athletic events touches on the broader problem of preventing gun violence.  It involves keeping people with dangerous histories from having access to guns, the difficulty of legislating simple reforms regarding purchasing, owning, and carrying weapons, and recognizing that belated 'thoughts and prayers' are no match for what a gun can do.  Most important of all is getting the Supreme Court to recognize that the Second Amendment's intention was merely to provide States with armed citizens to recruit into militias to counter what they feared most, the army of a Federal government opposed to individual States' rights, specifically the right to own slaves. I hope that it is only a matter of time until that Court reverses its 2008 decision in D.C. vs Heller, which has led to thousands of deaths in this country from gun violence.’

JL 

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Do Whatever the Hell They Want

Speaking at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, a week ago, Donald John Trump told a story to make a point, something that not necessarily had actually taken place, but illustrating how as president, he might have told a NATO member’s head of state that he would withhold U.S. help and “encourage” Russia to do as it wished with our NATO allies that do not contribute enough to military spending. Apparently, Trump often massages his ego with such imaginative fantasies.

“You didn’t pay? You’re delinquent?” Trump recounted what he might have said, continuing his fantasy, “No, I would not protect you. In fact, I would encourage them to do whatever the hell they want.  You gotta pay. You gotta pay your bills.” 

    Yadda, Yadda, Yadda 

Avoiding paying his own bills, incidentally, is something, that Donald John Trump has spent a lifetime developing into a science.  Ask the local contractors and vendors in Atlantic City where Trump once ran a number of gambling casinos.  It is very difficult to fail in the casino business, where the numbers are heavily loaded against the customers, but Donald John Trump managed to do that.

Aleksei Navalny, Dead
in a Russian prison
The last thing the United States needs is a president who might tell the Russians to ‘do whatever the hell they want.’  Doing ‘whatever the hell they want’ includes bringing about the deaths of political opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozin, both of whom gave Vladimir Putin reasons to want them out of the way, along with perhaps millions of other Russians whose names we will never see in the newspapers.

It's time for the American people and especially what is left of the Republican Party to separate themselves from Donald John Trump and all those who support him.  Anyone who votes for him, or follows his dictates in Congress, belongs either in a mental institution or in some other country, and that of course includes Tucker Carlson.

JL 

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A ‘Florida Fraudster' and a Russian "Killer

Plus a Trumpster's Reaction

I recently forwarded Maureen Dowd’s brilliant column on Donald John Trump and Vladimir Putin, (New York Times, Feb. 17)  to some on my contact list and included a copy to someone who I knew would disagree with it, a dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporter. 

Patti Davis, President Ronald Reagan’s daughter, recently recalled (in a piece originally appearing in the New York Times) that her father had pointed out to her that ‘dictatorships aren’t created by one person, they’re created by all the people who fall in line and say yes.’ That is perhaps why I forwarded Ms. Dowd’s column to someone who I know who has ‘fallen in line’ behind Donald John Trump’s litany of lies.

Because the Times sometimes has a ‘pay-wall’ making its content unavailable to non-subscribers, rather than providing a link that might therefore be useless to many, let’s start with the 'purloined' text itself of Ms. Dowd’s column.  Draw the blinds and read on:

‘The Florida Fraudster and the Russian 'Killer’

By Maureen Dowd in the New York Times (February 17, 2024)

“When I covered George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 1988, he was so eager to wrap himself in the American flag that he took us to a New Jersey flag factory. That way, he could claim that the G.O.P. was “on the American side” while caressing pieces of striped, red-and-white nylon.

At the time, it seemed like a cynical move by Republicans, trying to bogart patriotism. But at least they respected our country enough to try to monopolize its symbol.

That vanishing breed of Republican pledged allegiance to the American flag. Now Republicans pledge allegiance to Donald Trump’s ego. He has to be bigger than everything — even America itself.

“Bush wrapped himself in the American flag,” David Axelrod said. “Trump wants to wrap himself in the Mar-a-Lago flag.”

Just as Trump has remade the Republican Party in his own nasty and selfish image, he wants to remake America in his own nasty and selfish image.

Trump doesn’t seem to subscribe to any of the verities about this country. He doesn’t believe America is exceptional. He only believes that Trump is exceptional — an exception to all the rules that the rest of us live by.

If American laws get in his way — like counting votes to choose a president — he tries to smash them. He’s bigger than democracy, after all.

If American values get in his way — like our distaste for authoritarians like Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban — he mocks those values. When Putin and Orban flattered Trump, that seemed more important to the Mar-a-Lago megalomaniac than our nation’s proud history of facing down autocrats.

Bill O’Reilly asked President Trump in 2017 why he respected Putin even though he was “a killer.”

“You got a lot of killers,” he replied. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?”

America the Beautiful, our Shining City on a Hill, is not so hot. Get in his way, and Trump will bust up institutions, trash courts, tear down cultural icons like Taylor Swift and egg on acolytes to storm the Capitol.

He doesn’t see America as the idealistic leader of the free world. He sees the world as “The Hunger Games,” as Axelrod put it. And frighteningly, Trump sometimes acts as if he prefers America’s enemies to America.

The former president shocked the world last weekend when he said at a rally that if NATO countries did not pay more for defense, he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to our allies. Biden called that “un-American.”

Trump’s bromance with the sociopathic Putin, unimpeded by Putin’s foul bid to swallow Ukraine, grew even more sickening with news that the Russian president’s most potent opponent, Aleksei Navalny, 47, died mysteriously in an Arctic prison — very, very suddenly, as high-profile Putin critics often do.

“Make no mistake: Putin is responsible,” President Biden said.

When a CNN reporter asked if Trump had a response to the heroic Navalny’s death, the Trump campaign pointed her to a Truth Social post that wasn’t about Navalny or Putin. It was about how awful America was.

“America is no longer respected,” Trump posted, “because we have an incompetent president who is weak and doesn’t understand what the World is thinking.”

This American Carnage garbage is how he bonds with his base, many of whom are deeply cynical about politics and government, seeing hypocrisy and conspiracies everywhere.

His hallucinatory worshipers admire him as a strongman, even when he’s shown to be liable for sexual assault and an aggrandizing con man whose real estate empire was a Potemkin village. On Friday, a New York judge ordered Trump to pay a penalty of $355 million plus interest and barred him from holding high-up roles at any New York business — including his own — for three years, saying about Trump & Company, “Their complete lack of contrition and remorse borders on pathological.”

The Renfields to Trump’s Dracula are also busy playing sycophants to dictators. At an Axios conference in Miami, Jared Kushner — who was festooned with $2 billion in Saudi investments after he left the White House — called Mohammed bin Salman a “visionary leader.” Asked about the crown prince’s complicity in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, Kushner replied with exasperation, “Are we really still doing this?”

Before Navalny’s death, Tucker Carlson — who scorned Ukraine’s desperate fight for its independence — cavorted in the Kremlin. His interview with Putin was so indulgent that even Putin complained of a “lack of sharp questions.”

In an interview with an Egyptian journalist, Carlson defended his decision not to ask Putin about freedom of speech or assassinations of his opponents.

“Every leader kills people,” Carlson said blithely, adding, “Leadership requires killing people, sorry.”

Will the craven Republicans ever stand up against autocracy — at home or abroad?

Navalny’s death at the hands of the murderous Putin has given momentum to the push for military assistance for Ukraine.

It’s the American thing to do.”

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Well,  as expected, my ‘Trump-supporting friend’ replied to me as follows: “Trump kept Putin on a string so he would stay in line & not go around the USA. But Trump is not in power now so Putin does as he wants.  Once Trump is back in office you will see Putin fall in line.”

Though I know it would not change him, I answered him as follows:
“You have it wrong.   Actually, it was Putin who kept Trump on a string with hopes of business connections in Russia and tried to get him to try to weaken NATO and ignore Russian aggression, in his attempt to restore what used to be the Soviet Union.  Putin did not attempt to 'go around the USA' but preferred to go 'through the USA’ via his 'friend' in the White House and his followers, like you.  But with Trump not  'in power,' his efforts become evident to all, lacking an American president who would ignore his invasion of Ukraine and continued murder of opponents. Stay well.”

Really, it does not pay to argue with these people. They cannot be changed and your time is too valuable in an election year to waste on them!

JL

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Voting by Mail – This is Very Important!

Florida voters have gotten used to voting by mail.  It’s safe and simple.  But just because you might have done it in the past does not mean you can automatically continue to do so.  Current State election laws require you to renew your ‘voting by mail’ status before the next election in order to receive a ‘vote by mail’ ballot.  

If you vote in Palm Beach County, do it right now by visiting https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Voters/Vote-By-Mail or by CLICKING HERE   For those who do not want do it online, they can sign up for vote-by-mail by calling (561) 656 6208.  In other Florida counties, visit the website of your Supervisor of Elections or call them.

JL                               

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Sort of an Apology

In my previous posting on Jackspotpourri, I reminded Republicans to be sure to put it on their calendars to vote on the special day set aside for Republican voters in the forthcoming presidential election, November 6, 2024.  Of course, I was joking because that is one day after the real Election Day, long after the polls have closed. 

I am making this comment now because it occurs to me that anyone who believes what comes out of the mouths of Republican candidates is likely to believe anything, even my joke about the date of the upcoming election.  Take my word for it, Republicans, Election Day is November 5, 2024.

That will be a historic date for them, possibly the final appearance of the dying Republican Party on any meaningful ballot in this country.  And the G.O.P.’s funeral director will be none other than Donald John Trump. The Party’s pallbearers will be Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Greene, the governors of Texas and Florida, and if they don’t end up back in jail, the convicted but pardoned Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.

JL                               

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Housekeeping on Jackspotpourri

Email Alerts:  If you are NOT receiving emails from me alerting you each time there is a new posting on Jackspotpourri, just send me your email address and we’ll see that you do.  And if you are forwarding a posting to someone, you might suggest that they do the same, so they will be similarly alerted. You can pass those email addresses to me by email at jacklippman18@gmail.com.

Forwarding Postings: Please forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it. Friends, relatives, enemies, etc.

If you want to send someone the blog, you can just tell them to check it out by visiting https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com or you can provide a link to that address in your email to them. 

There’s another, perhaps easier, method of forwarding it though!   Google Blogspot, the platform on which Jackspotpourri is prepared, makes that possible.  If you click on the tiny envelope with the arrow at the bottom of every posting, you will have the opportunity to list up to ten email addresses to which that blog posting will be forwarded, along with a brief comment from you.  Each will receive a link to click on that will directly connect them to the blog. 

Either way will work, sending them the link to https://jackspotpourri.blogspot.com, or clicking on the envelope at the bottom of this posting.

Again, I urge you to forward this posting to anyone you think might benefit from reading it, particularly if they are a registered voter.  This is an election year.  Spread the word.

 

JL

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

February15, 2024 - Taylor Swift, Voting By Mail, Garland's Mistake, Political Advice to Joe, Tom Suozzi's Victory

 

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 Merrick Garland’s Mistake - Lawyers’ Ethics (or lack thereof)

Attorney-General Garland

Here’s a letter I sent to the Palm Beach Post the other day.  I will let you know if they publish it.

‘Attorney-General Merrick Garland made a mistake when he appointed Robert Gur as a Special Counsel looking into President Biden's possible mishandling of documents when he left the vice presidency in 2016.  He should have been aware that the ethics of some in the legal profession are far below those found in other professions, such as medicine, dentistry, teaching, and even the practice of cosmetology.  Gur colored his report finding nothing worth pursuing further with his own political opinions, specifically those relating to President Biden's age. 

'This is the same kind of thing that James Comey and Bill Barr, also lawyers, did in letting their personal political opinions put a negative slant on their reports on Hillary Clinton's emails and Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian involvement in our 2016 elections, respectively.  

'That the Palm Beach Post periodically publishes lists of lawyers disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court for ethical violations indicates the existence of this problem in the legal profession, something I don't see regularly publicized for other professions by whatever agency is responsible for regulating them. Garland, a lawyer himself, should have known better.’

JL

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Taylor Swift’s Politics

The media (USA Today) report that ‘nearly one in five Americans believe Taylor Swift is part of a 2024 plot to help Joe Biden’ might be correct!  Regardless of whether or not Ms. Swift's is part of it, I can at least confirm the existence of such a ‘plot’ or conspiracy because I too am part of it

We meet periodically to discuss how to get people to register to vote, to write ‘postal cards,’ to communicate with legislators, sign petitions, join ‘phone banks,’ and other activities that are part of the responsibility of being politically active in a democracy.

I now suspect that the strange lady showing up at some of our meetings, but not ‘signing in,’ wearing dark glasses and a Miami Dolphin jersey. intentionally to mislead us, might be Ms. Swift, while a stand-in fills her role in her world-wide tour.

JL                                          

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Voting by Mail – This is Very Important!

Florida voters have gotten used to voting by mail.  It’s safe and simple.  But just because you might have done it in the past does not mean you can automatically continue to do so.  Current State election laws require you to renew your ‘voting by mail’ status before the next election in order to receive a ‘vote by mail’ ballot.  

If you vote in Palm Beach County, do it right now by visiting https://www.votepalmbeach.gov/Voters/Vote-By-Mail or by CLICKING HERE.  For those who do not want do it online, they can sign up for vote-by-mail by calling (561) 656 6208.  In other Florida counties, visit the website of your Supervisor of Elections or call them.

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(One final word to emphasize the non-partisan nature of this blog: Encourage your Republican friends to vote in person at their polling places on Wednesday, November 6, 2024, a day set aside for Republican voters throughout the nation.)

JL                                          

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What’s Gonna Be, Gonna Be!

So here's my advice to Joe.

Face it.  The two candidates for president on your ballot in November (excluding numerous third-party candidates who will never get an electoral vote, and just mess things up, possibly affecting the outcome in a particular State, …. so please ignore them) will be President Biden and his predecessor in office, Donald John Trump.

In my opinion, anyone who votes for Donald does not care about the future of representative democracy in the United States, but many millions will vote for him, for a variety of reasons into which I won’t be going at this time.  I think Joe Biden will be re-elected, but it will be close.

My advice, which he has not solicited, to President Biden is threefold.

First, he must avoid taking overly strong positions on issues which might lose him some votes.  These include the Middle East, Ukraine, and immigration, legal and otherwise, particularly at our Southern border.  He must tread carefully in these areas, maintaining his present positions, but not advocating anything monumental. The months before the election are not the time for engaging in arguments, nor spending resources to point out that John Donald Trump is mired in both civil and criminal litigation (for which he has been indicted) that will apparently go on for many years.  Biden need not expend any resources on that.  News media will do it automatically, and for free.

I feel that primarily, President Biden should make this election about the nation’s continuing progress under his Administration (think the Inflation Reduction Act, the CHIPs and Science Act, the Infrastructure & Investment Jobs Act and its resulting job-creating projects, the rising stock market, and decreasing inflation.)  But he should not ignore the destructive potential of a second Trump term, using Donald’s own words.  He should mix a little about the future with a little about the past, enunciating his successes compared to Trump’s failures. Most importantly, this requires him to TURN UP THE VOLUME.

Secondly, President Biden must light a fire under Vice President Harris.  When a candidate for president is 81 years old, that automatically ups the importance of the vice-presidency.  Kamala Harris must demonstrate her capabilities along with projecting an image of strength as she did early in her 2020 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.  If it appears that she is failing to do both very quickly, replacement on the ticket should be considered.

Thirdly, if Donald John Trump manages to win the election and Congress, both within the realm of possibility, the future of our representative democracy can only be saved by the Supreme Court.  As an insurance policy to protect the country should that happen, President Biden should right now, while the Democrats still control the Senate, nominate four additional Justices to the SCOTUS, thrice corrupted with reactionary ‘originalist’ appointees made by Trump during his administration, who view history through a rear-view mirror.  This is permissible under the Constitution, which is silent on the number of SCOTUS Justices, and once nominated, only require a simple majority vote by the Senate.

I know President Biden would be criticized for doing this, a purely political tactic, but it is necessary in view of the dangers another term for Trump will bring: a national ban on abortions, easy and simple access to weapons for every American, Department of Justice prosecution of his political opposition, blindness to the effects of climate change, freeing the very wealthy from paying their fair share of taxes, and an end to regulation of major businesses and of our financial marketplaces.

3 + 4 = 7 > 6  

Justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Brown plus four new appointees will leave Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett, and Chief Justice Roberts as a minority on the SCOTUS.    

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Finally, as screwed-up, divided, and unpredictable as the American voters are and have been, all it takes is a crisis to bring them together.  This unification occurred in 1776 (the crisis then was the refusal of the colonists’ British ‘masters’ to grant independence), again in 1861 (the crisis then was the secessionists’ determination to expand slavery Westward), and in 1941 (the crisis then was the desire of the Axis powers to rule the world).

You will note that about eighty years separated each of these three crises.  It has been about 84 years since Pearl Harbor, so we are about due for another one.  

Today’s crisis is the threat to representative democracy in the United States posed by the vast number of American people, not quite a majority, who have lost faith in democracy and are willing to give an autocratic form of government, if not a dictatorship, a chance.  Donald John Trump personally is not the threat representing this crisis.  It is the American people who support him, and who have mobilized the Republican Party as their tool, who are the threat.  Some of their reasons to do so are malign.

Defeating them, or at least effectively dealing with their anger, will be more difficult than defeating the Redcoats in the 1770s, Johnny Reb in 1860s, or the Axis powers in the 1940s.  The nation’s motto, E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) demands unification at this time.

Our best chance of achieving that without bloodshed, in addition to the threefold advice I offer to President Biden in the paragraphs above, is democracy’s giving the Republican Party enough rope with which to hang itself in the full view of the American people.

JL                                          

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Suozzi Wins in New York’s Third C.D.

An Omen!  

In his victory speech after his winning election in New York’s 3rd Congressional district to replace a disgraced, indicted, and expelled professional Republican liar, Tom Suozzi (a former Democratic centrist congressman who had given up his seat to unsuccessfully run in the Democratic 2022 primary for New York’s governorship) identified specific groups, thanking his Jewish, Irish, Italian, Black, Latino, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Japanese, and Chinese supporters, to raucous cheers, for helping him win by an unexpectedly large margin.  Democrat Suozzi is also a former Nassau County executive and Mayor of Glen Cove.

It was clear that the groups that form Long Island’s traditional conservative Republican base were absent from Suozzi’s list of those increasingly inhabiting and dominating the Third Congressional district.  It sounded to me like the resurrection of the alliances that kept the Democrats in power during the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

And that is a good sign.

One bad sign, however, something that I have not seen reported in the media, was the brief attempt during Suozzi’s speech of a demonstrator with a Palestinian flag who attempted to push onto the platform but was quickly turned away.  I witnessed the episode, which took no more than one or two seconds, on MSNBC, my source of viewing the speech delivered live.  Suozzi, who must run again in November, should take note of this as also must President Biden.  

In trying for a win in November, Republicans are not above using Biden's support, however hedged, of Israel's defensive war against Hamas as an issue.  Remember that Donald John Trump has practically encouraged Vladimir Putin to attack NATO members who are behind on their dues.  When you think that Republicans have sunk to the lowest levels possible, they always find something even lower to sink to.  The 2024 General Election may be that party's last rodeo. 

JL                                          

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