Thankfully, now we have that point. The coup failed, however the worth was excessive. We’re solely now studying that our authorities got here inside a hair’s breadth of murderous collapse. The aftermath has left a revanchist Republican social gathering in near-collapse and its malevolent chief howling as, first Twitter, then party support, then business and grifting opportunities and eventually—and most woundingly—his treasured golfing creds have been stripped from his grasp.
As Besame noted last week, the Each day Kos Group is acutely conscious of the information cycle, and when a disaster shakes the nation, the Group pivots to evaluation and reflection. Of the 14 rescued tales printed this week, 12 focus not directly on the assault or its fallout.
There can be time to take account of all of it. And time for the opposite paradigm shift to sink in: Senators Warnock and Ossoff will change the Senate, not solely as a result of their presence provides the Democrats the bulk, however due to who they’re—the laws they are going to form, the management they are going to assume, the ethical drive they are going to deliver to bear. A greater day is coming for the nation due to their victories. We’ll have the possibility to have fun, even within the midst of disaster, precisely how monumental their victories have been. As a result of they are going to seemingly be sworn in about the same time as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the Biden administration can have the facility to carry the planners and perpetrators of this tried coup to full account, irrespective of the place they’re, or how highly effective they suppose themselves to be.
And there will be time to savor their victories. Let’s not let that get misplaced.
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14 RESCUED STORIES FROM 4PM EST FRIDAY, JAN. 8, TO 4PM EST FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2020
Why Impeach Again Now by dratler observes that President Trump’s first impeachment didn’t catch the general public’s curiosity as a result of Ukraine is a distant nation and obstruction of justice requires some data of the regulation. The assault on Congress, however, is a visceral and visual assault that may’t be defined away. “As time goes on, we’re attending locations of worship much less and fewer typically. The seat of our authorities—particularly the Capitol—is our widespread secular temple. You may see the awe and reverence within the faces of vacationers who go to our capital day by day.” The assault on the Capitol was an assault on all Individuals, and it calls for a commensurate response. Dratler joined the Each day Kos group almost 5 years in the past and has authored 85 tales, 5 of which have been rescued.
In The Coming Crisis, Treats writes, “I’ve by no means wished to be unsuitable about something greater than now.” Treats examines rise of American authoritarianism and warns that its energy received’t wane when Trump is gone from public life. “We face on this nation proper now a long-term, vicious, and ruthless insurgency that can inflict all the phobia they’ll on this nation in an effort to destabilize it to the purpose the place within the chaos they’ll take everlasting energy.” Though its success is just not assured, the creator warns that we can’t ignore or reduce the risks this faction poses. A nine-year Kossack “(s)until trying to find that tidbit of fact and data to be discovered right here and there,” Treats has authored 31 tales, eight of which have been rescued.
In If you want the wound to heal, take the knife out of it first, LimeyExpatDave likens the US to a wounded affected person in a trauma ward. The assault on the Capitol, he argues, is just not the knife-in-the-back second for democracy, however is as an alternative a deepening of the wound the nation sustained the primary time we didn’t demand accountability for a lawless authorities. “If these actors, the politicians and their followers, who lied, cheated and violated the regulation to stab American democracy within the again, are allowed to flee penalties then the wound can’t heal. America has swept these individuals beneath the rug so many occasions that the rug is now inside three toes of the ceiling and also you’re crawling round on it in your arms and knees, dodging the sunshine fixture!” A prolific commenter, LimeyExpatDave is the author of 43 tales. That is the primary time the almost 13-year Kossack has been rescued.
Driving by way of a deep-red farm nation on the best way to Walmart and Tractor Provide, the place Trump help is deep and stalwart, first-time author and new Kossack YoniL notes an absence of Trump indicators and Trump flags, and a proliferation of fresh rectangles on automobiles, seen indicators “indicating the place bumper stickers had been eliminated. ‘Blue Lives Matter’ stickers have been nonetheless there, however subsequent to them you would see the tell-tale indicators of newly uncovered adhesive.” Republicans Denying Trump Faster than Peter Denied Jesus (not equating the two) is a grassroots peek into a brand new actuality in Trump Nation. It seems that his ardent supporters at the moment are able to say “Trump who?”
In The first lies … the ones we tell ourselves, vjr7121 opinions the lies that the media and punditry have advised to melt the risk that the Trump regime posed to the nation, and argues for a full investigation, accounting, and justice, on behalf of the general public and the rule of regulation. The founding lie, nevertheless, is the one all of us accepted: American exceptionalism, and the attendant concept that “we owed our ‘house groups’ help for even dangerous selections and poor insurance policies … The illness is just not a overseas pathogen and isn’t primarily based on social gathering affiliation, it’s rooted in beliefs (of our nation’s founding).” Vjr7121, a retired educator, someday author, and full-time liberal, has written 164 tales for Each day Kos, 23 of which have been rescued.
Whytewolf explores the bounds of free speech in the US in Now More Than Ever: Why We Need the Exercise of Free Expression. Noting that free speech limits are extra clearly outlined in different Western democracies than they’re within the U.S., and that we’re unlikely to impose authorized restraints on free speech with out amending the Structure, whytewolf considers the ways in which absolutists abridge the best to free speech, and the way these abuses may be countered. That is whytewolf’s eighth story, and the fourth to be rescued.
In The Road to Hell, A Pagan in Arizona recounts rising up in an evangelical church that all the time blended right-wing politics with religion, and the way after leaving the church, the creator “did not give it some thought a lot. Till 2016, once I began listening to Pastor What’s His Title’s rhetoric being repeated fairly often and really loudly. As if somebody had exhumed his concepts and repeatedly dosed them with meth.” In a area the place Trump flags are nonetheless flying, A Pagan in Arizona wonders whether or not the evangelical neighbors will agree that it was God’s will that Biden was elected. A brand new Kossack, A Pagan in Arizona is a “Flaming Liberal hedgewitch and artist” who has authored eight tales. That is the primary one rescued.
Woodworker brings a change of tempo and a considerably change of topic in The transformative power of the arts. Realizing that “the Republican social gathering has been the sanctuary for a while now for these we excuse as ‘innocent crazed of us’ once they come to the dinner tables of the sane,” Woodworker gives the instance of an uncle who discovered therapeutic in artwork, and counsels that, “Once we craft helpful magnificence, we’re additionally crafting one thing inside ourselves. The transformation that may happen in wooden (or by way of work in different supplies) can be a change of self.” A 12-year member of the Each day Kos Group, Woodworker has authored 26 tales, three of which have been rescued.
New member and first-time author Europeananalyst argues that Trump supporters aren’t delusional, however are as an alternative decided to carry energy in any respect price in MAGA Mob does NOT believe in Election Fraud, they’re dishonest traitors. Drawing from two Italian political mottos to clarify what is occurring with Trump supporters, the creator speaks from the angle of somebody who “discovered at an early age, coping with the communists in my house nation, that’s pointless to argue with dishonest individuals.”
Within the first true break of topic this week, Brecht captures that lightning-in-a-jar second in writing in Write your own Bookchat in 2021. Whereas encouraging different Kossacks to write down concerning the books they love within the long-running sequence Bookchat sequence, he revisits his first crafted and polished story and its impact on him: “Writing provided me a bodily toolkit to check and form my concepts into extra complicated tales. A fantastic novel could be a grand loom, to put out refined and interwoven truths, in a wealthy tapestry of life,” and asks others to do the identical. A member of the Each day Kos Group since 2005, Brecht has written 95 tales, 45 of which have been rescued. He resides in Los Angeles with in depth literature and music libraries.
In The House Members Who Voted in 3 Presidential Impeachments, billyleeblack16 takes a dive into impeachment historical past and finds that “9 Home Republicans who voted to each impeach Invoice Clinton over a blowjob … voted in opposition to impeaching Donald Trump over inciting an armed rebel in opposition to Congress,” to the astonishment of few certainly. One GOP congressman again within the day—Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan—voted to question Clinton, handed on Trump the primary time, however voted to question the second time, making certain Upton can be a chunk of presidential trivia sometime, as the one congressperson to vote to question two completely different presidents. Billyleeblack16, who’s neither Billy, nor Lee, nor Black—nor 16 —has written 17 tales, 4 of which have been rescued.
Taking the aphorism “We are all of the hero within the film of our life” as a place to begin, new CCommunity member theghostofjohndewey connects Frodo, Luke Skywalker, and the archetypal QAnon conspiracist beneath the umbrella of Joseph Campbell’s Hero of a Thousand Faces. The “hero’s journey” is a three-part course of that repeats in each trendy tales and historical myths. Theghostofjohndewey explains how the construction of Departure, Initiation and Return act within the monomyth of a QAnon conspiracist. It is not about what’s actual, however what that individual believes is actual. Q and The Hero’s Journey (A Shared Delusion) is the creator’s fourth story and first rescue.
JenMerrill and her 21-year-old son Lucas rented a lodge and a automobile, and beat the pavement in Georgia for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, door-knocking and contacting voters nose to nose. What My Son and I Discovered When We Dipped Our Feet into Georgia Politics recounts their adventures speaking to voters in Greene County, the place they found the facility of assembly voters the place they reside. Ultimately, they “determined we beloved the African Individuals of Greene County — the white individuals we encountered, not a lot.” On Election Day, Lucas served as a ballot watcher—the one Democratic ballot watcher in a sea of Republicans who “nearly managed to maintain him out” however, in a nail-biter, didn’t. That is proud mother JenMerrill’s second story and first rescue.
Joe Biden will not be inaugurated Jan. 20 publicizes that, because of 100,000,000 write-in votes, the creator comeaug can be president as an alternative, and expects to carry workplace for about three weeks. For those who hadn’t heard about the true election as a result of the company media is within the bag for Biden and Harris. Extolling the advantages of being an outsider, comeaug guarantees “to make use of the Trump technique to MAGA. First, I’ll make America actually crappy, after which it will likely be straightforward to deliver it again (I believe).” Comeaug has authored 11 tales with this first-rate parody being the primary rescue.
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