[Editor: I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to laugh about this yet, but… – R.S.]
Four recent recommended articles…
A Case for Impeachment – And a counter to some counter-arguments
That Was the Week That Was
Quite a week, eh? It’s hard to believe that just last Sunday so much talk was about Trump’s taped talk with Georgia’s secretary of state, while many of us eagerly awaited that state’s Senate elections.
That all seems like ancient history today, as Democrats are circulating a draft resolution to impeach Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” Insurrection is “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” [Continue Reading]
American Carnage – Remove Trump from office now. He’s dangerous.
Some thoughts on what’s going on right now in DC.
Trump is deranged. His refusal to condemn the criminals, the rioters, the terrorists who invaded the Capitol and whom he’s egged on demonstrates that this is a man dangerously out of control. So does his praising the mob… [Continue Reading]
My Chat With a Conspiracist – And why he’s better than his would-be betters in the Senate’s “Sedition Caucus.”
Out in the Street
As I strolled down the main commercial drag of my new hometown of Benicia, California yesterday, a fellow offered me a small slip of paper and asked, “Do you know how the Chinese Communist Party stole the election? Check out the video from this paper.” The slip recommended a “Who’s Stealing America” documentary on the front and supposedly reliable news sources on the back.
The guy had a mask on, kept his social distance and seemed nice enough, so I engaged. Our chat went something like this: [Continue Reading]
Light at the End of the Dumpster Fire – 2020 was literally catastrophic.
But here are 20 big ways in which it wasn’t all bad.
For whatever reason, I still recall a 1997 TV ad tag line for the telecommunications company MCI: “Is this a great time or what?”
No sane person would say that about 2020. The year brought us… [Continue Reading]
Benicia resident Stephen Golub offers excellent perspective on his blog, A Promised Land: Politics. Policy. America as a Developing Country.
To access his other posts or subscribe, please go to his blog site, A Promised Land.
Former Republican U.S. Representative Denver Riggleman appeared tonight on CNN with a shocking and factual analysis of the hate groups behind Wednesday’s capitol riots and armed and deadly siege of the U.S. Congress.
Read the full report below; but here is a brief summary listing of the insurrection leadership:
Hate Organizations involved in the U.S. Capitol Riots per this report:
- Proud Boys (White Supremacists)
- Oathkeepers (Anti-Government)
- NSC131 (Neo-Nazi)
- New Jersey European Heritage Association (White Supremacists)
- Nick Fuentes and “Groyper Army” (Neo-Nazi)
- American Nationalist Party (White Supremacists)
- American Guard (White Supremacists)
- Virtually all violent vanguard elements appeared to come from predominantly far-right fringe groups
- Some in the crowd interpreted portions of President Trump’s speech as an instruction to march aggressively to the capitol building directly.
- High profile figures associated with the administration were also inciting violent sentiment and cued instructions previous to the event,
- Widely subscribed messianic ideology in QAnon, together wth situational cues, created conditions that strongly favored mass enactment of its fantasy of insurrection.
- Explicit plans to ‘Occupy the Capitol’ were circulating across social media suggesting that the capitol building was an explicit target of the violent vanguard from the beginning. Evidence suggests some rioters were armed with weapons and zip-ties.
- There is no credible evidence that the crowd was infiltrated or led by Antifa activists at this time.
The January 9 report is carefully researched and factual, detailing the planning and leadership of the January 6 violent insurrection and mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Check out the tweet below, or go directly to the 10-page report, “1/9/21 – NCRI ASSESSMENT OF THE CAPITOL RIOTS: Violent Actors and Ideologies Behind the Events of January 6, 2021“.
SOURCE: The Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) is a politically neutral, multi-disciplinary team of experienced neuroscientists, technology industry leaders, physicists, and machine learning experts from across academia and industry who have developed an integrated technology platform – Contextus – to track and expose the epidemic of virtual deception, manipulation, and hate, as it spreads between social media communities and into the real world.
— Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) January 10, 2021
Overnight polling shows GOP support for removing Trump from office with growing fissures in formerly loyal base[For Organizers: see below.]
Trump voters, who had proven immovable throughout his tenure including the tumultuous post-election period, now appear to be fracturing in reaction to the attack on the Capitol Building. New findings from a survey fielded Thursday, January 7, 2021 (n=2,009) by Avalanche Insights show that a quarter of Trump voters agree that action should be taken to immediately remove him from office. Further, 41% of Trump voters believe he has “betrayed the values and interests of the Republican Party.”
This emerging disapproval is not only of Trump, but also of fellow Trump supporters who engage in violence. Two-thirds of Trump voters in the survey oppose the actions of Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol with 44% saying these actions “betrayed American values.” Over half (55%) say they should be prosecuted for their actions and 29% believe they committed treason.
More broadly, 62% of Americans hold Trump responsible for yesterday’s events and say he should be removed by the 25th Amendment or impeachment. This call for immediate action extends well beyond Trump, with 71% of Americans saying the Republican Members of Congress who promoted or supported yesterday’s actions should either resign or be censured. Half agree that Capitol police actions demonstrate preferential treatment to white people. Finally, 75% of Americans want the people who stormed the Capitol building to be prosecuted.
This brand new data shows support, not merely overall, but among Trump’s base for removing him from office. It’s critical to get this information out as widely as possible and your help is needed in amplifying these data points on your channels in social media, coalescing under #RemoveNow. Check out this social media toolkit for some sample content and join a Twitter storm at 3pm ET.