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I am so angry right now. I can't even think straight. I am so sick and tired of the billionaires buying our government. I am so sick and tired of hearing people say that their vote doesn't matter. That is the biggest load of crap I have ever heard in my life. Your vote is your voice and if you don't use it, you are giving away your power to the billionaires who have already bought our government and are putting us all in danger. I am especially sick and tired of how they are doing it right now, as we see with the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband.
We are seeing Fascism on full display in the year 2022 in the United States of America, are we going to let them win? Do you think that the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband was just a coincidence, a random intruder? Do you think that the Republicans are just going to sit back and just let this go, maybe even try and tone down the rhetoric? Hell no! They are already spreading rumors that it was a gay lover that attacked Mr. Pelosi. So we now see that they are going to use this as an excuse to further inflame the already volatile situation in our country. Republicans and the billionaires that own them are going to use this to try and divide us even more. We cannot let them succeed. We must all stand united against hate and bigotry. As many of us as possible must all stand together against those who would seek to destroy our democracy.
It is absolutely disgraceful what is happening right now with the attack on Nancy Pelosi, and it was an attack on her, she was the target. First of all, let's just get one thing straight: this was an act of domestic terrorism. There is no other way to look at it. A man drove all the way from Maryland to California with the express purpose of attacking a member of Congress. He was motivated by the same hateful rhetoric that we have been hearing from Republicans for years about Nancy Pelosi.
And what are Republicans doing about it today? They are engaging in "whataboutism." They are trying to excuse it by saying that Democrats have been violent too. They are still running attack ads against Nancy Pelosi, using the same inflamed speech that motivated this man to try to kill her. And Republican leaders are acting as if it is business as usual. Trump has been silent, of course. We have seen how he goes about protecting our leaders who are from the Democratic Party or even his own party - the man has no loyalty to anyone or any country only money!
The Republican Parties What Aboutism?
On June 14, 2017, a left-wing extremist walked onto a baseball field in Virginia, opening fire on politicians and wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and four others. Bernie Sanders immediately condemned the attack on Steve Scalise and called for unity. By contrast, Republicans have been quick to point fingers and play the blame game. They are still running attack ads against Nancy Pelosi, and their rhetoric shows no signs of abating. It's clear that they are more interested in scoring political points than in coming together as a country to heal our divisions.
The Attack on American Democracy
The attack on American democracy began long before Donald Trump ever announced his candidacy for president. For decades, wealthy special interests have been eroding our democracy by buying elections and controlling our politicians. They have used their money to influence the outcome of elections, to pass laws that benefit them at our expense, and to deregulation economic and environmental rules that protect us from their greed.
As a result of this assault on our democracy, the needs of ordinary Americans have been neglected while the wealthiest Americans have grown richer and more powerful. In fact, the top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 90%. Meanwhile, corporations have been given free rein to pollute our air and water, ship jobs overseas, and drive down wages.
The 2016 Election and Beyond
The 2016 election was a wake-up call for many Americans who were unaware of just how much power billionaires have over our government. With the help of Russian interference and James Comey's letter to Congress, Donald Trump was elected president despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
Trump appointed billionaires and corporate executives to key positions in his administration. He also signed a series of bills that benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. For example, he pushed through a tax bill that gives huge tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires while raising taxes on working families. He has also proposed drastic cuts to social programs like Medicaid and food stamps that help millions of Americans make ends meet.
In short, Trump has done and is doing everything he can to make America great for the wealthy few while making life harder for everyone else. We cannot allow this to continue. We must fight back against this assault on our democracy and demand that our government represent all of us—not just the wealthy few. And we do that by voting anyone out of office that has any association to the MAGA movement.
It's time for Americans to wake up and realize that our government has been hijacked by wealthy special interests. We must demand that our politicians represent all of us—not just those who can afford to buy elections. Only then can we begin to heal the divisions in our country and build a government that works for all of us.
How the Billionaires Bought Our Government
The sad truth is that our government has been bought and paid for by the billionaires who can afford to buy elections, this is nothing new, but to the degree it is happening today it is. They own the republican party outright, and yes, they also have a couple of democrats in their pockets too, and we cannot forget they control the media. The right-wing-billionaires have unlimited resources, and they are not afraid to use them to get what they want.
The only way for all of us to fight back is to vote. Violence is not the answer, but we cannot fear them either. When you do vote for candidates who will represent the interests of everyday people instead of the special interests of the wealthy few. Vote for candidates that will pass a bill to end “Citizens United,” Vote for candidates who will put principle over party. And most importantly, vote for candidates who will fight for a government that works for all of us, not just the wealthy few. This has to stop. We need to vote the billionaires out of our government and our lives and that means voting as many republicans out of office in November as we can to be able to take our country back from the oligarchs!
I am so disappointed right now in many of my fellow citizens and I hope you are too. Some of these folks that fell for “Donald Trump’s MEGA Con Job” were lifetime friends & relatives, and those friendships and relationships with relatives and others went bad since Trumpism showed up in our politics, this has to stop. I'm going to vote Blue no matter who, we can sort out what is wrong with Democrats later, they are not trying to seize power at any cost, they are not giving aid and comfort to our enemies, they have not shown to be a danger to our democracy, so cleaning up the democratic party can wait! Because right now, this instant, we cannot wait when it comes to getting the MAGA crowd out of power they have put us all in danger. The world has become much more dangerous since Donald Trump came onto the world stage which caused the republican party to lose its collective minds. We need to vote as many republicans as possible out of office in November and take our country back! Please make sure you are registered to vote and that you vote blue on or before November 8th, our lives depend on it!
It has become quite apparent that the American government is for sale. The highest bidder wins, regardless of political affiliation. In fact, it would appear that the only political affiliation that matters anymore is which party can line the pockets of their politicians the most. This is not a democracy; this is an oligarchy. It's no secret that money has always played a role in politics. But in recent years, the influence of billionaires has reached new heights. In the 2016 election, for example, the top 10 donors accounted for 22% of all money raised. And in 2020, the top 100 donors gave more than the bottom 65 million.
The Republicans have had a stranglehold on our democracy since the 1980s. With their incessant voter suppression tactics and their blatant disdain for fair elections, it's no wonder the Democrats don't stand a chance (according to Chuck Todd). The networks are perpetuating this cycle by telling us to stay home and not vote. It's useless, they say. But I refuse to believe that. I think the Democrats are going to pick up seats in both the House and the Senate. I just don't see the same drive, hatred, or effort from Republican supporters as they had in 2016 or even 2020. Sure, there are plenty that still does, but their numbers shrink every day I predicted Trump would win in 2016 over HRC, and I truly believe I am correct about this.
Progressives and centrists alike are not happy with the attack on our liberties from this activist republican court, the idea that we should be following what a bunch of yes very brilliant men, but they were just men, white men, rich white men. Societal norms have changed a lot since the constitution was written, which is why it was created as a living document. So I think we are going to pick up enough seats to Manchin Proof the Senate and we can finally get things done. The press is all confused because they do not hear our voices, the thing is progressives and centrists don’t spend a lot of time complaining instead we act, we vote, and the press will hear our voices on election day!
How did we get here? How did the country that was founded on the idea of democracy become a playground for the wealthy? It started with Reagan, and it's been downhill ever since. Reagan slashed taxes on the rich and deregulated everything in sight. He also stacked the Supreme Court with conservative justices who have been chipping away at voting rights ever since. The Christian Coalition got involved, and things really started to snowball.
So what we're seeing now is the culmination of decades of Republican efforts to keep people from voting. The more people that vote, the worse Republicans do. That's why they've been working so hard to disenfranchise voters, especially poor and minority voters who are more likely to vote Democrat. They've gerrymandered districts, implemented voter ID laws, and purged voter rolls. And it's working; fewer and fewer people are voting every year.
The Republicans have been using voter suppression tactics since the 1980s when Paul Wyrick and the Christian Coalition elected Reagan. Their strategy is to keep people from voting, because the more people that vote, the worse the Republicans do. We've seen this in recent years with their gerrymandering of voting districts and their purging of voter rolls. They've made it harder and harder for people of color, students, seniors, and other traditionally Democratic voters to exercise their right to vote. And it's working. In 2016, Trump won despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
The networks are complicit in this cycle of voter suppression by telling us that our vote doesn't matter and that we shouldn't bother because the Democrats are going to lose anyway. This is why we need to get out and vote! We need to show them that we're not going to take this lying down. The women are going to lead us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy!
Why Voting Matters
Voting is important because it is one of the few ways, we can hold our elected officials accountable. If we don't like the way they're doing their job, we can vote them out of office. Voting also allows us to have a say in who represents us and what policies they enact.
In addition to holding elected officials accountable, voting also allows us to make our voices heard on important issues like healthcare, education, and climate change. When we vote, we're telling our elected officials what matters to us and what kind of world we want to live in.
Finally, voting is important because it helps to ensure that everyone's voices are heard. In a democracy, everyone should have an equal say in how their government is run. By voting, we help to level the playing field and make sure that everyone's voice is heard.
The billionaires have bought our government, and they don't even try to hide it anymore. American democracy is a sham, and it's only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Vote! Get involved! Don't let the oligarchs win! So, the bottom line is this: voting matters. It's one of the most important things we can do to fight back against the wealthy elites and make sure that our voices are heard. So, if you haven't voted yet, make sure you do—it might just be the most important thing you do all year. So, get out there and vote! Show them that we're not going to take this lying down. In my dream, women are going to lead the rest of us through this dark time and into a new era of democracy! Let’s make it so!
Americans need to decide which side they are on in this election. I'm not talking about Republican or Democrat. I'm talking about the billionaire class and the rest of us. Are you going to support the oligarchy of this country who manipulate our elections through the Citizens United decision where the Republican court said that money was speech? How ridiculous! And ever since that went into law, our country's politics have gotten nasty. They're using their money to elect officials who will create laws and regulations that favor their interests over the interests of the American people. They don't care about us—all they care about is lining their pockets. And they're doing it at all levels of government, from national races all the way down to local races.
This has had a profound effect on our politics, and it's showing no signs of stopping. The 2016 election was a prime example of what happens when the billionaires are allowed to buy our elections. Donald Trump was able to win the Republican nomination by outspending his opponents—and he didn't even have to rely on outside support, because he was already a billionaire himself! This is not how democracy is supposed to work. How can we possibly compete with these people who have no problem throwing millions into national, state, and local elections to create regulations and laws favorable to their corporations and personal wealth? Our only play is the numbers of voters and vigilance in making sure the elections stay fair. The fascist methods being used are not new. We saw them 100 years ago.
The History of Fascism
The methods being used by the billionaire class to buy our government are not new. We saw them 100 years ago in fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. These oligarchs are using their money to control the media, suppress votes, and rig the system in their favor. They are doing everything they can to amass more power and control over our lives. Fascism is a political ideology that emerged in the early 20th century in Europe. It typically combines elements of authoritarianism, nationalism, and racism. Fascists seek to promote their ideas through violence and coercion. They also seek to control all aspects of society, including the economy, education, media, and religion.
In Europe, fascism gained a foothold in the aftermath of World War I when many people were disillusioned with democracy and eager for change. In Germany, Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party rose to power in 1933 after he was appointed Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler then assumed absolute power and established a totalitarian dictatorship. The Nazi regime led to World War II, during which Hitler and his allies sought to conquer Europe and exterminate Jews, Romani people, homosexuals, and others whom they considered "undesirable." In Italy, Benito Mussolini's fascist movement also gained traction after World War I. Mussolini was appointed Prime Minister in 1922 by King Victor Emmanuel III. Like Hitler, Mussolini established a totalitarian dictatorship and pursued aggressive foreign policies that led to war. Mussolini's regime was eventually overthrown in 1943, and he was executed in 1945. We cannot let them win. We need to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few.
Fascism in America?
Some scholars have argued that fascism could take root in America if certain conditions are met. These conditions include a weak economy, an insecure middle class, an angry populace looking for someone to blame for their problems, a charismatic leader promising simple solutions to complex problems, and a compliant media . . . sound familiar?
What Can We Do?
We can't compete with the billionaires dollar-for-dollar—but we can fight back in other ways. The most important thing we can do is vote in every single election, at every level of government. We need to show up in huge numbers so that we can offset their influence. Additionally, we need to be vigilant in making sure that the elections are fair and free from fraud or manipulation. Finally, we need to educate ourselves and others about what's happening so that we can build a movement to fight back against these oligarchs who are trying to buy our government. We need to continue to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few. Americans need to wake up and realize that the Billionaire class is buying our government through legal bribery masquerading as campaign donations. They are using fascist tactics to control every aspect of our lives. We cannot let them win! We need to fight back against this assault on our democracy. We need to make our voices heard. We need to vote in record numbers this November and demand that our government represents all of us, not just the wealthy few.
As we all know, the democrats took back the house in 2018, then in 2020 we switched the script and took back the Presidency and the Senate. With these wins, we should've been able to pass any bill we wanted but because of 2 traitorous senators, we have had our hands tied. So instead of saying we need to elect 2 more senators to make up for Joe Manchin and Christine Cinema, I say we need 52 new senators because every republican senator is terrible. They've done nothing in the last 8 years to help this country or even their own states. The only thing they seem to care about is giving more money to the wealthy and somehow that will help all of us. It's clear they have no agenda other than saying no to ours. The states with the most gun violence all have republican governors. The press seems
To have a chance at passing any laws that can help this country, we need to take back the Senate. In order for that to happen, we need to vote out every single Republican senator up for reelection and replace them with Democrats who actually care about this country and its people. Here are a few reasons why every single Republican senator needs to go:
They're Only Interested in Helping the Wealthy
It's clear that Republicans only care about helping the wealthy get richer. They're constantly pushing for tax cuts for the rich and corporations while doing nothing to help middle-class and working-class families. They claim that these tax cuts will somehow benefit everyone, but they never do. It's time for Senators who actually care about ordinary Americans.
They've Done Nothing but Obstruct Progress
For the last 8 years, Republicans have done nothing but obstruct progress. It's no secret that Republicans have been obstructionists since President Obama was elected in 2008. They've filibustered over 500 bills in the Senate and stopped progress on many others. They even went so far as to shut down the government in 2013 in an attempt to defund Obamacare. But it's not just Democrats they're blocking; they're also blocking progress for their own states. Red states are struggling while blue states are thriving. The reason is simple: Democrats are working together to find solutions while Republicans are only interested in obstruction. Take health care, for example. The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of Americans get access to quality health care, but Republicans have done everything they can to repeal it. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and be left with no options. Or take gun reform.
They Don't Care about Gun Violence
The states with the most gun violence all have Republican governors. These governors refuse to pass any type of gun reform legislation, even though there is overwhelming support for it among their constituents. They're more interested in protecting the gun lobby's profits than they are in protecting American lives. We need Senators who will actually do something to reduce gun violence in this country. After the Sandy Hook shooting, there was widespread support for stricter gun laws, but Republicans blocked any and all attempts at reform. As a result, mass shootings have continued unabated. In fact, there have been more mass shootings in the United States since Sandy Hook than in any other country in the world.
And then there's climate change
Despite overwhelming evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity, Republicans continue to deny it exists or say that it isn't a problem. They've even gone so far as to try to defund the EPA so that they can't regulate greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the United States is falling behind other countries in the fight against climate change.
It's clear that we need 52 new Senators who actually care about this country and its people. Republicans have done nothing but obstruct progress for far too long; it's time for a change. If you want to see real progress on issues like health care, gun reform, climate change, and more, then you need to vote out every single Republican Senator up for reelection and replace them with a Democrat. Only then will we be able to pass legislation that can truly help America thrive.