“If you look at Chicago — what’s going on in Chicago, where 53 people were shot and eight died. … It is crazy what’s going on, and [Biden] doesn’t want to say ‘law and order’ because he can’t because he’ll lose his radical left supporters.”
“I wear a mask when needed… I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.”
“Do you have any idea what this clown’s doing? He is not offering any help for any people needing health care.” “He’s Putin’s puppy. He still refuses to even say anything to Putin about the bounty on the heads of American soldiers.”
14th Amendment: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Amy Nazi Barrett: “Congress has to decide whether to… rely on the power conferred by the possibly illegitimate Fourteenth Amendment... The originalist legislator might have to face questions... such as the legitimacy of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Not sure how this will end if equality under the law is interpreted as applying only to slaves who lived immediately after the Civil War or thrown out because CSA states "signed it at gunpoint," but we are in long-term danger if she is confirmed. Maybe not in one day, but soon.
"Of the 23 million people who either buy health insurance through the marketplaces set up by the law (roughly 11 million) or receive coverage through the expansion of Medicaid (12 million), about 21 million are at serious risk of becoming uninsured if Obamacare is struck down. That includes more than nine million who receive federal subsidies. On average, the subsidies cover $492 of a $576 monthly premium this year, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. If the marketplaces and subsidies go away, a comprehensive health plan would become unaffordable for most of those people and many of them would become uninsured.
Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor that is jointly funded by the federal government and the states, has been the workhorse of Obamacare. If the health law were struck down, more than 12 million low-income adultswho have gained Medicaid coverage through the law’s expansion of the program could lose it."
If you live in a swing-state, don't be surprised if there are armed Trump supporters at your polling place, causing chaos, intimidating voters, and causing fights in order to "prevent voter fraud." In 2018, a decades-old consent decree was allowed to expire, which means Republicans can now mobilize their supporters to "secure" ballots on Election Day this year. Before 1981, when the RNC was banned from using armed militia-men to intimidate and harass voters, task forces consisting of armed, off-duty police officers would patrol polling places in an attempt to scare away people of color from nearing the polls (readily and purposely deploying minority's fear of the police). The ban on such Republican activities is now gone, and the Republican Party is already assembling its army to war for Trump.
"Various scholars have offered guidelines for understanding fascism’s essential features. Yale emeritus historian Robert Paxton’s classic 1998 identification of the 'five stages of fascism' argued that we should look to processes, not cosmetic features like flags and uniforms, to understand fascism. Fascism was marked first by conservatives seeking to seduce farmers and industrial workers into the resistance against left-wing unions. The movement then escalated into militants being deployed to city streets to enforce the fascist ideology, eventually leading to total control. Specifically, it followed a particular progression: '(1) the initial creation of fascist movements; (2) their rooting as parties in a political system; (3) the acquisition of power; (4) the exercise of power, and finally, in the longer term, (5) radicalization or entropy...' Roger Griffin, political science professor at Oxford Brookes University... zeroed in on a different defining feature of fascism in his 1991 book The Nature of Fascism: the fusion of 'populist ultra-nationalism' with a 'mythic core.' Fascists sought to return to the past, to strengthen the nation by resurrecting it. Fascist leaders everywhere convinced their early followers that their nation had descended from a glorious heritage, hijacked and destroyed by a corrupt elite. The fascists, the heroes, could strengthen themselves into what were called the 'New Men,' channeling a mythical tradition of knight-like strength, protecting community and tradition, but often, paradoxically, through powerful, modern militaries." - Cain, "The Failure to Define Fascism Today"
Most people in the media won't call Amy Coney Barrett a Nazi or a fascist because they agree with her political ideology, or the people who own their news organization agree with what she believes. But we're about to enter the legal dark ages. Environmental regulation will be gutted, federal abortion rights will be thrown out the window, the right to hold a religious prejudice will trump the rights of minorities, gun rights will probably be strengthened, the power of corporations will go completely unchecked, voting rights will be weakened, gerrymandering upheld, and lord only knows what type of decision will be made about any contestations over the 2020 election. Democracy is about to escape the grasp of an entire generation now.