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ProfessorPlum's Journal
ProfessorPlum's Journal
July 25, 2019

Sanders and women

TL;DW:. Sanders has a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and was once named an honorary woman by Gloria Steinem. So ignorant TV heads who have skin that crawls had best come with research next time.
July 23, 2019

Schumer seems to be the real force behind Frankens ouster

While Gillibrand led the charge like a good lieutenant for the senior senator from her state, Mayer's article implies that Schumer wanted him gone and didn't lift a finger to save him. And in fact actively worked against him.

It makes sense that Gillibrand couldn't have gotten rid of Al if Schumer had his back.

Not impressed with either of them for removing one of our best fighters against lies and the GOP.

July 15, 2019

People write time travel fiction about stopping a country from spiraling into fascism

That's how important it is considered to be. It is such a terrible thing, with such horrifying consequences, that we actually debate the morality of time travel and murdering baby hitler (or pregnant hitler's mom). That is the kind of lengths that people imagine they might go to to prevent this kind of thing from happening.

And here we are, on the brink of it happening in the "home of the brave", and no one with any power in this country will lift a finger to stop it. It's my belief that there already are graves in the deserts around the camps, that the genocide has started. Not to mention the rape, child trafficking, slavery. Probably worse things.

Can't we - at least - exercise the smallest piece of congressional oversight, now, while we still have a congress, and nominal oversight power, and the power to investigate and impeach? Am I asking too much?

I'd hate to get to the point where we are wishing we had time machines.

July 11, 2019

I wonder if "we had the power to stop Trump" will be a comforting memory

or whether we will as a party regret not using that power when we had it.

Unused power is effectively the same as not having any power.

June 24, 2019

Everyone please keep calling them concentration camps. Not only is it true,

but it drives evil people crazy.

If you must discuss it, tell people we will stop calling them concentration camps when the GOP stops saying "Democrat politician".

June 19, 2019

The Optics of Weakness and Bringing a Rope to a Sword Fight

As I consider my situation, a private citizen who would like to combat and discourage the rise of fascism in my country, and the tools that I have at hand, including my fellow citizens who are also not fans of fascism, there is one weapon in my arsenal that consistently lets me down. It is sword-shaped, but has the consistency of an over-boiled noodle. Fighting fascism is completely impossible with it. And it is the national leaders and the political elite in my country who (theoretically) wield a lot of power but are either on board with fascism or are too afraid to fight it.

Is there any situation in which our nominally anti-fascist political elite would present themselves as STRONG rather than WEAK? Every response to the proto-fascism in this country is marked by weakness, by capitulation, by caution, by inaction. Can we not fashion an action that would both fight fascism and also appear STRONG to our benighted citizenry? It doesn't take much. It doesn't even require actual strength, just the appearance of strength.

Can't we muster a show of strength in our dedication to not become the Fourth Reich that signals to our people that fighting fascism is worth it? Or did that die after WWII?

June 19, 2019

Here's why "We Shouldn't Impeach Because Trump won't be Removed by the Senate" isn't even an excuse

The US Senate has NEVER removed a president that has been impeached. NEVER. NOT ONCE.

They have had two opportunities, once with Andrew Johnson, and once with Bill Clinton. Johnson was a racist clown, and Clinton's impeachment looks more ridiculous every year. So, we already know that the Senate is inclined to keep racist clowns around.

Impeachment really has nothing to do with removal from office. The fact that the threat of impeachment caused another scoundrel to step down before it happened is a historical outlier. We already know that Trump has no shame and wouldn't step down in similar circumstances. So, impeachment (without removal) is the thing we are after - especially highly publicized hearings and discovery during the investigation which are the things that truly hurt Nixon.

Can't we, for once, really hurt Donald Trump? Can't someone, somewhere, in this entire country grab this moronic, traitorous fascist by the neck and give him a good shake (metaphorically, of course). Just once?

"He won't be removed" is a certainty. That has NEVER happened, and is obviously not what the act of impeachment is about.

May 16, 2019

How is it possible for a state to make something illegal in another jusidiction?

I've been hearing about this Georgia law that would make it illegal for women (presumably residents of Georgia) to have abortion procedures in other states. Just how the hell does that work?

It would be like punishing people who go to Europe and have a drink before they are 21. Or punishing people who go to Amsterdam and smoke hemp. It's not illegal there - so if I'm doing it there, how does the state have a right to punish me for doing something _legal_.

Is this just plainly an illegal law on its face, or am I missing something?

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