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Thoughts on Events the Week of December 28

Posted in Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on January 6, 2021

How did it all come to this: I have my theories, but it is still somewhat of a confounding mystery how one of the two major political parties in our country no longer supports democracy, but instead embraces an authoritarian wannabe.

More than 100 Republican congresspersons and about a dozen U.S. Senators have indicated they will ignore the Constitution and raise (futile) objections to the certified vote of the people in favor of the election’s clear and decisive leader. If that’s being faithful to their oath, I’ll kiss your ass in Macy’s window and give you an hour to draw a crowd.

Among the notable objectors is newly elected Tommy Tubberville (R-A), displaying his disdain for the Constitution before he even gets onto the Senate floor; and Josh Hawley (R-MO). Tubberville is an ignorant boob, consistent with the bozos Alabama typically elects to public office, but Hawley knows better.

I can understand that the objectors are from red states and that they are afraid of Trump’s base, but that doesn’t excuse their flouting the Constitution and their oath of office.

It’s said that Hawley is a young, smart, ambitious politician who plans to run for president in 2024. I’m sorry Hawley, but I prefer to vote for someone with faith in, and respect for, the Constitution and not one with more naked ambition than Casca and his “lean and hungry look.”

Covid-19 Distribution: Fortunately, distribution of the new vaccines has begun, and inoculations are underway, though the numbers of each are far behind what was promised at this point. There may be some weather-related reasons why some inventory of vaccines was held back, but the inoculation hold ups can only be explained by massive incompetence.

The cynic in me has considered that Trump may be holding up distribution to use it as a tool for manipulation of states to overturn their election results, or even to sell the vaccines for his personal profit. In the end, however, I am pretty sure it’s just gross incompetence. That’s the default explanation for so much of the Trump administration’s behavior.

One thing Trump got right: Trump got two things right in four years, but he subsequently screwed one of them up. I’m commenting on this one. Trump was spot on to want to get rid of Section 230 of the so called “Communications Decency Act,” which is anything but. This section allows social media companies to post vile, spurious, inaccurate information and downright lies, with impunity. The practical effect of Section 230 is that some of the communications posted on these sites is about as far from decent as you can possibly get.

Not even cable news networks can get away with that. See how quickly Dominion Voting Systems got Fox News to recant the lies about the company that they have been passing along about their voting machines in response to Dominion’s cease and desist order. Talk about a fast backtrack. Social media should be legally accountable for the lies and misinformation they allow to be disseminated on their platforms.

And another thing, the disclaimer language that Twitter and others use is woefully inadequate. It goes something like, “Claims in this posting are disputed.” No, they’re not. They’re clearly inaccurate or lies or both. The disclaimer should say something like, “This post is a flat out lie,” or “This statement is bullshit.” Then let’s get on to the lawsuits to get these tech behemoths under control.

The worst states: Congresspersons from all the worst states have signed onto this patently unconstitutional assault on our democracy, so they all share the cup this week.

Going into 2021, we’ll hold the worst state list at: Alabama, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. Arizona drops off the list for 2021 due to its enlightened voting laws.

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