The Second American Revolution Has Begun, and This New Trump Court Is Carrying It Out

Warning: read this only if you are actually willing to do the minimal work necessary to understand the revolution that the Extreme Court of the United States is effecting right now. It can happen here, folks. It is happening. And this court is preparing the way. What it is up to is equivalent to the German Enabling Act of 1932. I think all of this extreme and frightening.

Let me be as clear about this as I can be. My reading of what the Extreme Court has been up to is NOT that it means to do away with the doctrine of stare decisis, though you will read many pieces in the popular media that claim that this is so. No. This court means to establish, with Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health and West Virginia v. EPA, in this term, and with Moore v. Harper, in the next term, a new set of precedents designed to prepare the legal ground for meeting the conservative goals of

a) shrinking the federal government down to a size at which it can be drowned in a bathtub and
b) turning over power to state governments, many of which will become de facto theocracies under the new legal order the Extreme Court seeks to establish.

Let’s look at the three cases and see how each reduces the federal government (and importantly, reduces or eliminates and prepares the ground for further reducing or eliminating previously federally protected human rights).

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health provides a template or boilerplate for eliminating not only the federal right to abortion but a) whole bodies of federal law and regulation related to unenumerated rights and b) the primary functions of agencies and departments that do that regulation and enforcement to preserve those rights.

WV v. EPA is a template or boilerplate for eliminating government agencies or departments (or parts of these) that promulgate regulations in areas over which the Congress has, according to the Constitution, primary authority. This Court is arguing that Congress can’t turn over to Executive Branch agencies or departments decision-making about matters left to Congress by the Constitution if the decisions made by those agencies or departments deal with “major questions.” The idea is that Constitutionally, some matters belong SOLELY to the legislative fiefdom and cannot be delegated, in whole or in part. So, for example, in WV. V. EPA the court ruled that the EPA, being an administrative agency, cannot force utilities to move toward cleaner energy sources, that Congress would have to authorize the EPA, specifically, to do that (something that, of course, the current Senate, with a 50 + Manchin block, would never do). And as with Dobbs, the Court doubtless means to generalize this ruling, in future rulings, thereby shrinking dramatically the power and scope of the administrative/executive branch of the federal government. The Court means to strip administrative agencies and departments of powers in full knowledge of the fact that Congress, being divided, will not step in to carry out the work formerly done by the Executive Branch (will not, for example, agree on laws with real teeth related to matters like climate-friendly energy sources or food safety). And again, the effect of that will be, with the federal executive and legislature and courts all out of the picture, to turn all this power back to the states.

And, finally, Moore v. Harper will enable the court to rule that the feds cannot pass legislation to protect voting rights because determination of how voting is to be conducted is entirely up to state legislatures under this extremist reading of the Constitution. Again, the effect will be to eliminate federal power and agencies/departments and turn this all over to the states. This is really important to Republicans going forward because the only way that they can hold onto power is by restricting voting rights, and the troglodytes on the Extreme Court want to ensure that Republican state legislators can do that.

All this is revolutionary and is meant to be. It’s the fulfillment of a dream that conservatives in America have had for a long, long time. They have long believed in state’s rights and in the federal government being a monster not envisioned by the founders. This Extreme Court is simply finally making good on the conservative dream to enshrine those beliefs in law.

And, btw, as with the various parallel attempted coups undertaken by Trump and his team (there were several of these), this has all been discussed on Steve Bannon’s War Room Pandemic podcast (or whatever he is calling his show; I have read that he doesn’t like his podcast being called a podcast; perhaps the term doesn’t sufficiently match his delusions of grandeur). Bannon recently devoted much of whatever his program is (podcast? cuckoo coup lollapalooza?) to this very topic–the ways in which work is underway to completely “dismantle the administrative state.”

Again, conservatives have been making these arguments for a very, very long time. Now, after a century of arguing that our expansive federal government is illegitimate, they finally have a supermajority on the court that agrees with them. The nationalist, fundamentalist supermajority on the Court sees the current program to shrink and drown the federal government as returning government in the U.S. to its original principles after a long period in which it veered off into weirdness never conceived of by the founders. THAT’S NOT a new argument. The conservative legal scholar James Q. Wilson, for example, spent much of his life making it. Our Original Sin, politically, according to Conservatives, was the expansion of federal government via an over-generous interpretation of the Interstate Commerce clause, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.” Thus we find the feds involved in matters as diverse as regulation of tobacco and food and wetlands and emissions.

Know your enemy, folks. Understand what the conservative beef is. And don’t underestimate them or it.

In short, this Court is in the process of establishing precedents that amount to a legal revolution that returns U.S. government, they believe, to what as envisioned by the founders: independent state governments in loose federation. So, the Extreme Court will claim to be reaffirming precedents, but ones from long, long ago, before the courts derailed and created a huge federal government that can have its hands in everything, from marriage law to regulation of tobacco and wetlands.

Those of you old enough to remember the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s will understand what I mean when I say that this could most appropriately be designated The Nullification Court.

Again, and in summary, this court plans to reduce, dramatically, the scope and power of the federal government and place power over many matters back into the hands of state governments, many of which will function as small, independent theocratic states with the court’s imprimatur and blessing. The folks at The National Review and The Wall Street Journal and The American Enterprise Institute, who are hip to this, can barely contain their glee.

This is the disaster that Trump has wrought. But it’s too complicated for Americans to follow. They are too busy thinking about the next Spiderman movie or Elon Musk sex life tabloid release. So, the fascist revolution will happen here while no one was paying any attention.

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40 Responses to The Second American Revolution Has Begun, and This New Trump Court Is Carrying It Out

  1. manicmikey says:

    Hey Bob, Comrade Ravitch still has me blocked (all liberals are weak minded and unable to engage in a vigorous debate…instead of admitting their mental frailty, they withdraw from battle).
    Tell her I voted for Obama twice…maybe then she’ll let me back on her blog.
    DeSantis 2024!

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    • Bob Shepherd says:

      False on every count

      Diane Ravitch is an opponent of Communism and is quite vociferous about that. If you had read much of her work, you would know this.

      It’s impossible to know what you mean by “liberals,” but most any statement made about “all” of them would, of course, be false.

      Your contention that “instead of admitting their mental frailty, they [liberals] withdraw from battle” is again false; in fact, the science has shown that fearfulness about a great many matters (fear of the unknown, fear of the new, fear of immigrants, fear of people of color, fear of intellectuals, fear of sexual variation, and so on) characterizes conservatives who then react out of that fear. In other words, conservatives are the ones who tend to cowardice and so have such a need to take on defensive affectations of manliness conceived of as aggressiveness (sexist comments, glorification of guns and war and nationalism).

      And finally, Diane’s blog is her salon, her living room. It’s up to her to decide what company she wants to keep.

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      • manicmikey says:

        Ravitch is a censor…she does not want me sharing my ideas with her audience, because she knows I will prevail on all issues when it comes to honest, open debate.
        I don’t want to be in her salon/living room, but she has cast me out of one part of the public sphere, just like Rasputin (Jack Dorsey) blocked A SITTING PRESIDENT on Twitter.
        Liberals simply cannot stand to have others disagree with their view of the world…it upsets them so much they have to shut it down.
        I would NEVER block anyone, anywhere, at any time. Even the dumbest man on TV, Don Lemon, deserves an audience (if anyone is still watching him).

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        Ravitch’s blog is her private space. It’s not a public forum like CNN or Faux News or Not-so-Brightbart. So, the notion of censorship, which involves public fora and media, doesn’t apply.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        And yes, one of the finest journalists working today is Don Lemon. Very bright. Very responsible. Very knowledgeable. Very NOT indoctrinated in Trumpanzee Alternative Facts.

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      • manicmikey says:

        > Ravitch would definitely approve of this Big Brother action by the First Avenue club in Minneapolis:

        “The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” First Avenue writes in a post on its verified Instagram account.

        “To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” the statement reads. “We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.”

        The statement continues: “The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have. We know there are some who will not agree with this decision; you are welcome to send feedback.”

        >> Just like Ravitch, they say they believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but then they CENSOR and CANCEL those voices they claim they believe in. Liberals are anything but.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        Diane is under no obligation to host your reactionary ranting. Again, this is her blog, not a public forum.

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      • manicmikey says:

        Upon hearing this diverse opinion, most liberals would probably need an emergency dose of Xanax or Paxil:
        “You know what woke means. It means you’re a loser,” Trump said. “It’s true. Everything woke turns to shit. It’s true. Look at what’s happening.”

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        This guy can’t open his maw without revealing what a benighted, backward imbecile he is.

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      • manicmikey says:

        Here’s Matt Walsh weighing in on the liberal circus:

        “There is, remember, an unlimited smorgasbord of fake genders and fake pronouns. Xena from the Amazon chose to confine herself to boring and traditional pronouns, but she could have chosen sexier options like ze, sie, ey, ve, tei, e, zed, ce, gee, lee, ky, per, hu, bun, vae, and ne. These are all pronouns recently fabricated out of whole cloth by the LGBT lobby. Incidentally, they’re also the names of Teletubbies.
        Of course, not everyone is on board with the campaign to make basic conversation between human beings functionally impossible. A student at UM, Grant Strobl, satirized the new system by officially recording his preferred pronoun as “His Majesty.” Many people were offended, naturally, but there’s nothing the university can do about it. How can they presume to delegitimize His Majesty’s pronoun if His Majesty is not permitted to question someone who identifies as ze, or zir, or zizzer-zazzer-zuzz, or any other character from a Dr. Seuss book? Besides, he’s royalty. I think he can do what he pleases. Long live the King.
        It’s true that many people who call themselves “transgender” are more mentally ill than conceited, but the recent proliferation of “gender non-conforming” gobbledygook is, more than anything else, a symptom of my generation’s staggering narcissism. We have long been told that the world revolves around us, and today we are seeing the practical effects of raising a generation on that myth.
        That said, all of this pronoun madness does come in handy for one reason: it finally puts to bed the false notion that the progressive LGBT agenda is only about giving LGBT folks the freedom to live as they wish. It’s now abundantly clear that they want to control not only how they conduct themselves, but how the rest of us speak, live, and behave.”

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        These diatribes sound like they are being uttered in a basement, to invisible friends, by Sméagol.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        However, they are inventive and entertaining.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        It’s always been the case that there was extreme reaction from older people during periods of dramatic social change. An early Sumerian cuneiform inscription reads that “Children no longer obey their parents or honor the gods.”

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      • manicmikey says:

        Bob…instead of labeling or attacking the messenger, take a long look at, ponder, and try to refute Matt Walsh’s LOGIC here:

        “Now, if I call a man a ze or a xu or a zir or a wu or a ca or a cat in the hat or wocket in my pocket, I’ve skipped right over lying and descended into utter nonsense. That I have done it at someone else’s behest doesn’t make it any less nonsensical. It’s like seeing a crazy man on the street shouting at a stop sign and running up to participate in the argument. The man isn’t less crazy just because you’ve plunged down the rabbit hole of insanity with him. The stop sign won’t suddenly start talking now that two people are trying to coax some words out of it. The reality is still the reality.”

        There’s that word again, Bob…REALITY.

        All of these woke folk are free to do as they like, just don’t FORCE me to participate in your delusion. Reminds me of that case from years ago, where they tried to FORCE a college professor to use students’ preferred pronouns…he tried to get around it by addressing them ALL by their surnames (that’s fair and equitable, right?), but the Big Brother administrators weren’t having it.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        Language changes all the time. Often, it changes due to social changes. In this case, young people are awakening, have awakened, to the reality that they can have various and fluid gender expressions and sexual orientations, and they are in the process of inventing language to reflect this, and people who are clueless about or fear the social change and the concomitant linguistic innovations are doing what reactionaries have always done in response to such change, which is precisely what Walsh is doing (poorly) in this statement.

        Logic? Hardly. This is the bleating of a sheep who insists on following a mindless, traditional rut.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        And it’s pretty clear from this bleating that Walsh doesn’t understand the first thing about what is going on, that, for example, he doesn’t understand the distinction between sex and gender.

        “There’s something happening here and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

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      • manicmikey says:

        There’s definitely something happening here, and I would not begrudge anyone in their pursuit of a new gendered or sexualized lifestyle that works for them. Just don’t FORCE me to participate in your madness…for example, the “furries” — people who identify as animals, get into elaborate costumes, and have their little get togethers and affirm one another’s fantasies. Good for them! You can ASK, but you can’t REQUIRE me to call you a gerbil or an ocelot. You’re a weird person, and I can see that, so I’ll pass.
        Let’s get back to the transgenders…if they make a foolish decision (and many of them will), and commit to IRREVERSIBLE “affirmation” surgery, and decide down the line they made a big mistake, can’t reverse it, are now depressed, and disabled, and can’t work, am I gonna have to pay for their long term disability with my taxes?

        You may be OK with this “brave new world”, but no one will EVER get me to say 2 + 2 = 5

        Yes, I read both “1984” and “Brave New World” but it never occurred to me that science FICTION would sort of become fact in my lifetime. Then again, maybe we do need to figure out who the gender questioning/fluid actually are during the fetal stage, so we can intervene and “FIX” them prior to being born. Would save us all a lot of heartache.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        The whole furries thing is a superb example of the idiocy of the reaction to social change that people don’t like and don’t understand. It was what is technically called a moral panic–a virally spreading concern about something that didn’t even exist.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        And here you are still spreading it. ROFLMAO.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        You are a big supporter of freedom and want to chemically or surgically “fix” people before they are born? Listen to yourself. These comments are off the charts wacko. And they are rooted in prejudice.

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      • manicmikey says:

        No, I’m not in a “moral panic”…I think it’s fine, to each his own, as long as it remains an oddball hobby, outside of the sphere of normal life, kind of like those people re-enacting civil war battles in full field regalia. But I know, at some point, someone will argue that the furries identify so strongly with their “spirit animal” that they have the RIGHT to dress that way when they’re working as a supermarket checkout cashier.
        Let’s take drag queens…great! When I drove a cab, I often had to enter these places to find my fare. People seemed to be enjoying themselves, and I am all for having these establishments, for ADULTS who freely choose to enter. Just keep them away from kids; NO drag queen story hours! I also picked up fares at strip clubs, but I don’t think the biological females, in scanty outfits or nude, should be reading stories to kids either.

        As to doing fetal surgery…have you read about or watched videos on these male to female transexuals? It ain’t easy…dilators to keep the new “vagina” from closing up, jaw surgery to reduce bone size, etc. If doctors can scan every fetus, and figure out which ones are female personalites trapped in a male body, wouldn’t it be better to intervene in the womb with hormones and surgery to make sure it’s born spritually and physically female instead of waiting years or decades to clumsily address the problem?

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        You aren’t following what I am saying, Manic. A moral panic occurs when a completely spurious but sensational story gets spread and amplified virally. Examples include the LSD chromosome damage panic in the 1960s and the teenage Satanist panic among police in the 1990s. The furbies thing is an example. So is the teaching in schools of CRT. Stuff that exists only in the overheated imaginations of rightwing blogosphere wackos.

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      • manicmikey says:

        The satanism scare did turn out to be a big nothing burger…even Geraldo Rivera issued an apology for the shows he did on the topic.
        But CRT…when you see high six figure earning parents (these are dyed in the wool liberals, some of them probably have Obama tattoos on their butt cheeks), sending their precious little ones to 40k a year private schools in NYC, hire law firms to fight the CRT indoctrination, and mostly, to HIDE THEIR IDENTITIES (I’m against CRT for my kids…but don’t call me…cell phone records…don’t use my name…I don’t want to be labeled as a racist…etc.) you know damn well something wicked this way comes.
        And in public schools? Ha! You can call it ethnic studies, but once again, the liberals can’t help themselves…taking this stealth CRT course is now a requirement to graduate from high school in Commiefornia. Plenty of retired teachers, principals and superintendents are admitting that CRT is being deployed in K-12 schools, that party line about it only being taught in some law school classes is total BS.
        The liberals keep shooting themselves in the foot with words like “requirement” and “mandate”…every crappy idea they push simply has to be backed up by force, and government control. Why not have voluntary CRT and gender studies classes for the parents who WANT their kids to learn about these topics? Oh, no…liberals are like a hive mind…EVERYONE has to do and think as they say, or else.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        When Cris Rufo invented the CRT scare and decided to sell it to people like yu, I doubt that there were two K-12 teachers in the country who had ever heard of CRT. This is a non-issue. The only meaning that it has is “any instruction that doesn’t support white supperiority,” and that meaning is the unspoken one that is really behind the moral panic about this and the screaming of the blubbering idiots who are showing up at school board meetings around the country because of this. It’s racism. Period. So, the CRT scare, ironically, proves the point that systemic racism exists because its’s an example of it.

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      • manicmikey says:

        And there it is.
        The liberal progressive social democrat (that’s you, Bob) says the secret word: RACISM
        Now you expect all discussion of CRT, and anything else you don’t like to simply end, because you say any examination or criticism of the leftist agenda is racist.

        Sorry, but too many elite private schools in NYC, LA, even Ohio have had run-ins with LIBERAL parents over the CRT issue, and you cannot deny its existence, but you will.

        “The Progressive believes in precisely two things: his own magnificence and the constructive power of brute force. In combination, they lead him naturally from the role of pestiferous busybody to brutal dictator. Where the productive man dreams of the things he might create if only left alone by his fellows, the Progressive dreams of the world he could create if only the lives and property of his fellows were at his disposal. The roots of his pathology lie in that oldest and most destructive of all human vices, the desire for the power to rule over other men.” N.A. Halkides

        >>> Inside every liberal is a totalitarian screaming to get out. <<<

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        You are so utterly confused, Manic. Have you read Derek Bell’s papers on CRT? This is an obscure legal theory. No K-12 teachers had ever even heard of it until Ruffo decided to simply make up, out of thin air, the notion that it was being taught in schools. Totally imaginary, like fairies in the garden.

        What isn’t imaginary is that the US is a deeply racist nation and has a deeply racist history and that racists don’t want kids to be taught anything about all that. And they are pretending that the teaching of actual US history is CRT.

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      • manicmikey says:

        You’re absolutely right…nothing to see here…CRT doesn’t exist. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

        Like many liberals, your mind is capable of convincing itself, in the face of real evidence, that something doesn’t exist.

        I’ll skip the lists of CRT hacks who’ve been paid to lecture mostly white employees at various corporations (who are concerned about looking “woke” in this day and age) that they’re inherently racist colonizing imperialists, even if they work alongside black people who make the same amount of money for the same job title.

        And forget about the lists of CRT books and lesson plans recommended for the curriculum at hundreds of woke school districts.

        >>> But…how can you deny the fact that LIBERAL parents (Obama/Hillary/Biden/Sanders voters) who have put their older kids thru these elite schools, but during the pandemic zoom classes they overheard some CRT stuff and said “…wait…what??”. When some of these LIBERAL parents challenged adminstrators and teachers, they were treated with hostility, and strongly invited to “disenroll” their kids if they didn’t like it. Again, this is not a Proud Boys chapter out of rural Idaho doing battle with CRT/woke elite academicians, but LIBERAL big blue city parents who are PISSED OFF. Why would they be pulling their younger kids out of schools they were perfectly happy with a kid or two ago?
        Something has changed…

        Finally, I’ll be sure to let the hundreds of thousands of black people who keep crossing the southern border and getting intercepted on boats off the Florida coast that they sure as hell don’t want to come to this racist country.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        Republicans want to tell you what you can and can’t teach, what women can do with your uteruses, what books you can have in a library, what can be in a state curriculum, who you can love and marry, where and when and to what extent you can gather and protest and exercise dissent, but tell me again about how much they love freedom, Mikey.

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      • manicmikey says:

        To quote Bill Maher — “I didn’t leave the Democratic party, the Democratic party left me.” I can’t stand the religious right republicans; believe me I can feel the chill over the internet whenever I ridicule their beliefs over on Gab. I did vote democrat all my life, until this gender crap started up…a bridge too far for me and many other sane people, and, no, it’s not like gay marriage (which I believe in), it’s flat out WEIRD. I have been watching with disbelief as women’s rights are being destroyed by any man who claims to be a woman…Title IX anyone?
        I’m not a parent…I’m 65, retired, I rejected Catholicism when I was 12, I simply can’t fathom why so much of the world subscribes to the god delusion.
        However, I consider myself a very moral person…I hate extremists on both sides…I mean, the soul enters the egg at the moment of conception and you can’t end that life with the “morning after” pill is just as crazy as saying you have every right to abort your healthy child at 8 months, 29 days.
        Schools…either you believe that PARENTS, not “woke” administrators and teachers, should have more say in how and what their children learn, or you don’t. This extends to reading lists…why replace “Catcher in the Rye” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” with “White Fragility” and “How to be an Antiracist” when you could just add them? I mean school boards used to bemoan the fact that no one would show up to these boring things…then when parents did, to freely express their displeasure with the way their tax dollars were being spent on the new “woke” agenda, they were labeled “domestic terrorists”. I don’t know, I saw a lot of pissed off parents in those videos, but I didn’t see any terrorists.
        Protests? NO ONE (proud boys, antifa, KKK, BLM, Daughters of the American Revolution, Qanon, etc.) should be able to block a road or vandalize/burn buildings. NO ONE should be allowed to go to the homes of left or right wing politicians or judges to protest…a neighborhood is NOT the place to practice free speech. We need numerous designated protest zones, in public areas with high visibility.
        Freedom? Anyone should feel free to ASK others to use their preferred pronouns, and everyone should feel free to do so or not. NO COMPELLED SPEECH.
        Same with vaccines…government and health care agencies should suggest, cajole, bribe, lobby, convince citizens to get a vaccine…no one should be FORCED to get a vaccine to travel, keep a job, go to school, enter a public building, etc.
        My idea of freedom probably comes down to the fact that I don’t like to be bullied.

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  2. manicmikey says:

    Ravitch is restricting, suppressing, silencing, and completely eliminating other people’s (me!) ideas…that’s censorship. She could choose to ignore me, but I think I really got under her skin with that Charlton Heston quote about prying my gun from my cold dead hands. By the way, I don’t even like guns…I only have them because liberal democrats keep letting dangerous criminals out to roam our communities. Ravitch can’t tolerate opposition; this is a known trait of liberals, they claim they’re tolerant of everyone and everything until someone dares to disagree with them, then they become intolerant in a New York minute. Liberals live in a dream world where they believe the craziest things…for example, men can just say they’re women (but after one of those trannies impregnated two real women in a New Jersey women’s prison, the authorities moved him/her/it to protective custody in another facility).
    Reality intrudes.
    And that is my point.
    Reality exists outside of my opinion, yours, or Ravitch’s. Observe and report.
    Ravitch, like so many liberals, wants to pretend reality doesn’t exist by getting rid of people like me.

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    • Bob Shepherd says:

      Bob Shepherd: [sighs heavily, shakes his head]

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      • manicmikey says:

        Yep, you’ll find me in Hillary’s “basket of deplorables”, right next to the stale Peeps.

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      • manicmikey says:

        1940’s? I remember it was not too many years ago people were throwing “gender reveal” parties…I guess we’ve quickly morphed from “gender reveal” to “gender new deal”.

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        So, people exploring the full range of potential for their gender expression is challenging to you, Mikey?

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        Wokeness is an effort to get a person like me to treat people who aren’t exactly like me with some level of basic human decency, usually through onerous requests like respecting their identity or faith, not making offensive jokes at their expense or having to make almost immeasurably small adjustments to the way I speak or live my life.

        It could involve a person saying, “I use he/him pronouns and would appreciate you using them when you refer to me,” and me saying, “That would require me to be considerate, and I can’t do that because my brain is busy figuring out new ways to ‘own the libs’ on Twitter.”
        –Rex Hubbke

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  3. manicmikey says:

    Don Lemon and I have one thing in common…we both graduated from Brooklyn College.
    Remember when ole Don and his loverboy got caught dining maskless in a Florida restaurant last November? Of course, Don, being a liberal, has no problem not wearing a mask after repeatedly chastising others on his show about not wearing masks. Do as I say, not as I do, right Don?
    And Cuomo…another mask nazi on his show, but the luxury apartment building he lives in had to threaten him, in writing, with fines for not wearing a mask in the lobby, elevator, hallways. Rules for thee, but not for me.
    Liberals NEVER disappoint.
    One thing I will miss is that weird “love fest” that Lemon and Chris Cuomo had going on for awhile…kinda made your skin crawl, but you couldn’t look away.

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    • Bob Shepherd says:

      Congrats, Mr. Manic. You caught a liberal somewhere doing something inappropriate. Quite the accomplishment!

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      • manicmikey says:

        Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: Please pass this so that I won’t be able to do something I know I should stop. Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them for their own good.
        — Robert A. Heinlein

        The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

        — Robert A. Heinlein

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      • Bob Shepherd says:

        It would be lovely if the world were as simple as 1940s-era space opera truisms.

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