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Author: Thom Hartmann

The original Cancel Culture: How Republicans have been hard at work nullifying America for decades

Republicans are all about canceling things: you could call it GOP Cancel Culture. Most recently, for example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is trying to cancel the First Amendment, requiring university teachers and students to register their political perspectives with the state. He has, in his rush to run for president in 2024, achieved a pinnacle of success, a victory of sorts, within the newest iteration of Republican Cancel Culture. As Max Boot documented in a brilliant op-ed in the Washington Post, DeSantis has cancelled or tried to cancel: Private business’ and local governments’ ability to protect people with mask or...

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Twenty years of dirty tricks: How Florida in 2000 became Roger Stone’s version 1.0 of “Stop the Steal”

As the January 6th Committee continues to unpeel layers of criminality and conspiracy, it is important to note that the Stone/Bannon/Trump “Stop The Steal” scheme did not originate in 2020. It was, in fact, 20 years in the making. Roger Stone, Trump’s dirty trickster who was sentenced to 40 months in prison before Trump pardoned him, rolled out version 1.0 in Florida in 2000, helping the George W. Bush campaign stop a Florida Supreme Court-mandated statewide recount that would have handed the election to Al Gore. After Stone’s successful efforts to shut down the Miami-Dade County recount with the...

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A takeover in small steps: Supreme Court already altering laws to pre-rig 2024 presidential election

Six Republicans on the Supreme Court recently announced, a story that has largely flown under the nation’s political radar, that they will consider pre-rigging the presidential election of 2024. Here is how one aspect of it could work out, if they go along with the GOP’s arguments that will be before the Court this October: It is November, 2024, and the presidential race between Biden and DeSantis has been tabulated by the states and called by the networks. Biden won 84,355,740 votes to DeSantis’ 77,366,412, clearly carrying the popular vote. But the popular vote is not enough: George W....

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The profit of Citizens United: How a perverted decision by the Supreme Court legalized political bribery

Why don’t we have gun control? It is because our Supreme Court, or, more correctly, five Republicans on our Supreme Court, legalized bribery. Not the bribery of store clerks or bank tellers or people who work for airlines. You go to jail for that. Not the bribery of judges or police or people who work in government offices. That’s still very much a crime. Not even international bribery; if your company does business overseas and you execute a bribe to conduct that business, you can still go to prison here in the United States. The Supreme Court legalized bribery...

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Crime and Republicans: Trump’s sedition is fulfillment of what George Washington warned about in 1796

“I have said that any man who attempted by force or unparliamentary disorder to obstruct or interfere with the lawful count of the electoral vote should be lashed to the muzzle of a twelve-pounder gun and fired out of a window.” — General Winfield Scott, 1861 The January 6th Committee’s co-chair Liz Cheney told us that “Representative Scott Perry sought a pardon” along with “multiple other members of Congress” for their participation in the attempted coup, their sedition against the United States of America. They understood they had committed a crime. And they wanted Trump to give them absolution,...

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Trumpism without Trump: Why modern Conservative ideology continues to reflect the Confederacy

Donald Trump promoted a modern Civil War in America this week on his social media platform. Civil War? Further confounding things, Republican candidates like Pennsylvania’s Kathy Barnette are openly running as ultra-MAGA candidates, having hijacked Trumpism without Trump himself. It is causing the media and political elites to have a “Huh? What?” moment. Trumpism without Trump? Could it even be a thing? Apparently so: candidates Trump has openly disavowed are claiming Trumpism as their standard, the flag they’ll carry into the election and into office if they win. Trumpism, they proclaim, is a coherent political philosophy of its own...

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