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May 16th, 2024 - 2:28 am § in Politics, Republicans

Washington GOPer calls democracy “bad idea” (video)

This was a speech at the 2024 Washington State Republican Party convention in Spokane. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

February 25th, 2023 - 3:05 am § in Politics, Republicans

This man almost certainly is a seditionist

Scott Perry had a hardscrabble childhood, enlisted in the Army National Guard at age 18, worked at various blue-collar jobs, and put himself through college. In the service, he graduated from Officer Candidate School, qualified as a helicopter pilot, flew combat missions in Iraq, and rose to the ran[...]

February 11th, 2023 - 6:22 pm § in Politics, Republicans

Kari Lake argues elections aren’t fair unless Republicans always win

Kari Lake was a local news anchor before she ran for Arizona governor and lost by 17,117 votes. Lake, who based her campaign on Trump’s election lies, sued to overturn the election, lost in court, and has vowed to take her case to the U.S. Supreme Court, which shows her understanding of how la[...]

November 24th, 2022 - 9:34 pm § in America, Politics, Religion

The New Right’s dangerous idea

The New Right, Vox writer Zach Beauchamp says (here), is “a loose grouping of conservative thinkers who advocate aggressively wielding state power to promote a more conservative culture.” One of their apostles is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has presidential ambitions. He has aggressiv[...]

November 6th, 2022 - 10:29 am § in America, Politics, Racism

What U.S. Civil War 2.0 would be like

Not at all like the 1861-1865 conflict, but potentially just as destructive and bloody. We don’t have to guess how it would play out; Prof. Barbara F. Walter (profile here), who studies political violence, points out that “far-right groups such as the Proud Boys have told us how they pl[...]

September 8th, 2022 - 10:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Donald Trump, King of America

The Queen is dead. God save the Queen. Now Charles is king. Trump, trying to grab the spotlight as always, predicted (who cares?) that “King Charles III, who I have gotten to know well, will be a great and wonderful king.” (See story here.) That remains to be seen; the first King Charles[...]

July 30th, 2022 - 7:24 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics

Will Trump go to prison?

Trump lied about election fraud, but that’s not a crime, it’s free speech. And while he’s engaged in shady business practices and dodged taxes, many Americans don’t see those actions as real crimes, just “smart business” — and hating paying taxes as much as [...]

June 6th, 2022 - 2:18 pm § in Politics

Representative democracy in Texas, mass shootings edition

In a representative democracy, you elect someone to represent you. Not in Texas. Following the 2019 mass shootings in El Paso and Santa Fe, and the 2022 school massacre in Uvalde, the GOP-controlled legislature has decided to study gun violence. The lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, has appointed a [...]

May 21st, 2022 - 9:14 pm § in Politics, Racism, Schools & Colleges

Still think conservatives believe in “freedom”?

The U.S. Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) is meeting in Hungary, whose strongman is teaching them how to seize power. Read stories here and here Conservatives don’t like social change and want to preserve a way of life they’re comfortable with. But they’re a voting minority, and[...]

December 11th, 2021 - 3:35 pm § in America, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

GOP senators were briefed on Jan. 4 about plans to overturn election

The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection has learned that GOP senators were briefed 2 days earlier on White House plans to overturn the election by declaring a national emergency, the Guardian reported on Saturday, December 11, 2021 (story here). That information is in a PowerPoi[...]