“Why don’t we ever land?”

“Well, we have. In the past.” The Commodore’s eyes stayed fixed on the plasma capacitor.

It was the Cadet’s first intragalactic flight, and he was taking his opportunity to get some answers to some things he had wondered about all through his teens.

“And now?” He stared at the Commodore. “Sir?”

“Now?” The Commodore’s eyes stayed on the capacitor. “Now, it’s…it’s more a matter of just keeping an eye on them.”

The Cadet’s brow furrowed. “Why do we have to keep an eye on them?”

“Because they’re dangerous, son.” He swiveled around to finally look at the Cadet. ” Look, we’ve been watching this particular area of this planet, and it’s life form, for thousands of years. Let’s just say that they are not like us.”

“What are they like?”

“Have you ever known our citizens to continually act against our own interests? Against their very welfare? Or known any of our neighbors to do such a thing?”

“They do that down there?”

I am a lifelong Democrat (verging on being a Socialist) and I have grown increasingly sick and tired of the inability of my party to lay out in simple terms, terms that even an idiot like me can understand, as to what the hell is actually going on here.

Today, President Joe Biden, a good man, a man who is trying desperately to put this nation right after the debacle that was the previous administration, stood in front of reporters, and the nation, and could not put what is happening in Congress in the plainest terms possible. You and I may know that under Donald Trump the Republicans gave a huge tax break to the wealthy and raised the debt limit not once, not twice, but three times. But some people don’t, and most others have very short memories.

The Democrats MUST now bust out a no-holds-barred concerted effort in West Virginia and Arizona with the sole purpose of convincing the Democratic voters in these states to flood the offices of both Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema with calls and emails demanding they vote for the infrastructure bill. And, to let them know that they will with lose their seat if they do not. And, to let these two know, in no uncertain terms, that if they continue to block any efforts to use budget reconciliation, or get rid of the filibuster. they will lose their seat. These voters must let these two know that they will be voted out unless they vote with President Biden.

The Democrats and Joe Biden must now use the budget reconciliation process to get around the filibuster. If not, the Republicans will turn this country into a Fascist’s wet dream. They have already enacted laws that will prevent hundreds of thousands of people from voting. They have put an arrow into the faint but still beating heart of Roe v Wade. They have been trying to kill Obamacare (he’s gasp black!) since it was enacted. They want rule by wealthy, white people only. This is pure and simple, and obvious. And they are the fucking minority in this country. The Democrats must now understand here and now that these Fascists will not stop trampling on working people’s rights. They must be punched in the mouth. Hard.

The Republicans threaten that getting around the filibuster will rebound against the Democrats — and us — the majority of this country — down the road. Well, here’s a news flash: the road won’t be there at all if we continue to let Mitch McConnell and the Republicans get away with turning this country into an autocratic state run by the whitest and wealthiest ten per cent among us.

I fully understand how terrible the situation in Afghanistan is for most of the women and girls, and for many of the men who are now there. All of whom now fear for their lives.

However, I can not shake the nagging thought that all of it, any political situation anywhere in the world, here, Russia, China, anywhere, means nothing when placed in the context of what is now taking place because of what we have done to our climate.

…“This world would be better off without…” You know, whatever. Well, I would like to say, I would be better off without this world.

This world is filled with a power-hungry sick greed that is so selfish, so stupid, and so very short-sighted as to be overwhelming in its bald-faced…

We are now in a pitched battle. A life and death struggle between the informed sane and the uninformed propagandized insane. Between the people who can believe in both God and science, and the ones who can believe only in God — and Qanon.

Have you watched “Into The Storm”…

Interesting that the root of murderous cop Derek Chauvin’s name is the root of the word Chauvinism.

Chauvinism is the irrational belief in the superiority or dominance of one’s own group or people, who are seen as strong and virtuous, while others are considered weak or unworthy.[1]

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