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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

06-22-2022 - Political Stuff, the Insane Texas G.O.P., the Jan. 6 Hearings, Florida Primary Info, Indictment and a Frightening Concern


There is only one overriding issue of political concern right now, encompassing much of what has been appearing on this blog. That is how to defeat Republicans on Nov. 8, less than 20 weeks from now. 

The future of democracy in the United States, however imperfect it may be, is at stake. Really. To win in November, Democrats must capture the votes of women and persons of color, groups whose interests Republican actions consistently attack, including preserving both abortion rights and voting rights.  Do Your Part! Register Voters. Make Certain they Vote!

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Reader! You’re in Good Company

Two of the four letters published on the Editorial page of the Palm Beach County edition of the South Florida SunSentinel this past Sunday (6/18) were from followers of the blog you are now reading!  I don’t quite know what that signifies but I am proud of it anyway.


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Political Thoughts

Here’s something I posted on LFAA (Letters From an American – Heather Cox Richardson’s daily newsletter) this past weekend. It was in response to a comment made about registering voters, getting out the vote, and punishing those who have been held accountable for the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

“Right now, the greatest danger to democracy in America is no longer the defeated former president and those who aided his efforts to overthrow the 2020 election. Enforcing the rule of law to hold them accountable will take decades of litigation, time that we cannot afford to take. The danger is immediate and present and it is the Republican Party, whose true nature the Texas G.O.P. was not ashamed to document in its platform. That party must be overwhelmed at the polls at all levels, from village dogcatchers on up to Congress and the White House. The Democratic Party must ask all voters if they agree with the Texas Republican platform or with Abraham Lincoln in the 1850's and with what Judge Luttig said at the January 6 hearings last week. (Why is it that so many who will claim to disagree with that platform will still vote Repubican? What secret prejudices do they hide? That's another problem.)  But Go Ahead, Register voters! Get Out the Vote!"

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But for those of you who are not aware of the Texas Republican Party’s platform, which I understand their Fascist governor has signed onto, here is a summary of it.  . If you are wearing good clothing, I suggest putting on a bib since you might throw up.  

 The Texas G.O.P.’s party platform includes the following:

1.      Rejecting ‘the certified results of the 2020 Presidential election, and [holding] that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States”

2.       Requiring students “to learn about the dignity of the preborn human,” including that life begins at fertilization

3.       Treating homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice”

4.       Locking the number of Supreme Court justices at 9

5.       Getting rid of the constitutional power to levy income taxes

6.       Abolishing the Federal Reserve

7.       Rejecting the Equal Rights Amendment

8.        Returning Christianity to schools and governments

9.        Ending all gun safety measures

10.            Abolishing the Department of Education

11.            Arming teachers

12.            Requiring colleges to teach “free-market liberty principles

13.            Defending capital punishment

14.            Dictating the ways in which the events at the Alamo are         remembered

15.            Protecting Confederate monuments

16.            Ending gay marriage

17.            Withdrawing from the United Nations and the World Health    Organization

18.            Calling for a vote “for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the     State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.”

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If this is what Republicans believe, they are indeed the opponents  of decency and honesty in this country, not to speak of democracy.  The best thing that could happen would be for these Texas Fascists (and those elsewhere who think their way) to get together at their Party’s next meeting with their beloved guns and form a circular firing squad.  Ready, Aim, Fire!

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Judge Luttig
And if any of you missed the words of the slow-speaking Republican judge, Michael Luttig, who spoke at the January 6 hearings last week, driving a spike into the heart of today’s seditious Republican Party, bear in mind that he is so conservative that George W. Bush would not even nominate him for the Supreme Court for that reason.  

Here is a summary of his views from a Politico ‘Playbook’ article.  It’s easy reading.  To read it, JUST CLICK HERE  or visit https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2022/06/18/exclusive-the-words-luttig-wants-to-be-remembered-00040701You won’t regret doing so.   

True Americans, like Judge Luttig, are aware of the clear and present danger the defeated former president and those who still support him pose to democracy in our country.  Read it. It won’t take longCLICK HERE.  And pass it on to your friends.



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Florida Primary Information

Floridians have a primary election coming up on August 23 in which Republican and Democratic candidates for various offices will be chosen by those voters who are registered as members of those parties.  Those with no party affiliation cannot vote in these primaries and those registered with one party cannot vote in the other party’s primary. The Florida primary is a ‘closed’ primary unlike the ‘open’ primaries in some States where voters can cross party lines.

Dates to Remember: 

Registration Deadline – Monday, July 25

Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot – Saturday,   August 13, by 5 p.m. local time.

Early Voting – Varies by county but can be scheduled anywhere from Saturday, August 13 through Saturday, August 20. 

Primary Election Day – Tuesday, August 23.  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at your polling place.

More information is available at https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/election-dates/ 


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 Republican Reaction to January 6 Committee Hearings

After watching the January 6 Select Committee on TV, I do not see how anyone can vote for any Republican as that party is presently constituted.  The millions of conservative Republicans who now are waking up to the role of the defeated former president in fighting the peaceful transfer of power after he lost the 2020 presidential election should recognize that the witnesses now accusing him of criminal acts in doing so are all Republicans. 

He was no different in 2016 than what he was in 2020, when many of them supported him, and still is today.  Now they are waking up to their error in their ways.  The defeated former president has changed their party into something different from what it has always been. It is now an extreme right wing organization bordering on autocracy and fascism, if not already having crossed that dark border.

It is not asked of these Republicans to become Democrats.  It would be enough for them to start a new party or at a minimum, cease voting for any candidates who still support the defeated former president, clearly an advocate of sedition.

Still, there are few in present Republican leadership roles who have learned that lesson.  Most, like Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, as well as many in State government and Congress, still put party over country, no matter how undemocratic that party has become, and support him. They should be shunned by legitimate Republicans.  Ultra-conservative Liz Chaney sets an example for those of them who still are loyal Americans.


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No Indictment Likely

The defeated former president will never be indicted.  The ambiguity of his carefully honed statements to the press, at rallies, and on Twitter would never hold up in court, and even if he were to be indicted, the trial and appeals would stretch out for decades.  

There’s a vast legal difference between an accused coming out and saying something ‘in their own words’ and ‘saying that they have heard many people saying it.’  

Speaking that way is second nature to him.  It has been his style for years, the language of the car salesman, or the real estate or investment peddler who knows how to convince while just skirting the truth. That’s why the DOJ might not indict him, as too hard to convict, knowing that losing in court would be horrendous.  Note that Attorney General Garland is now in Kiev working with the Ukrainians on how to prosecute Russians who committed war crimes there.  That is easier than dealing with election crimes committed here.


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A Frightening Concern

Furious that the defeated former president might get away with his well-documented transgressions, some suicidal screwball on the extreme far left might decide that committing an illegal act of violence against him might be the only way to exact justice.  

All that the Select Committee can do is recommend legislation (that’s the limit of their authority) and it is feared that the DOJ, as I just pointed out, might not indict him.  Therefore, for his own well-being, for the institution of the presidency, and to avoid the further violence which would be ignited, the defeated former president must sooner or later be protected from the possibility of such an illegal act.  (Don't forget that we all live in a country where there are more guns than people.)

In order to do so, he might have to be temporarily taken into protective custody and kept in a comfortable, if not luxurious, ‘safe house’ until any such threats no longer exist; we would not know how long a period that might be.  It could be in any one of many possible locations. One excellent choice is close by in the Caribbean on the eastern tip of the island of Cuba.


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