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Nov 27, 2023Liked by Simon Rosenberg

Thanks, as always, Simon! And...the disconnect between the good news and good data, and the emotions of many voters, can be found here, I think: https://www.cjr.org/analysis/election-politics-front-pages.php?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email Robert Hubbell posted this today and it was an "aha" moment. I've been feeling and aware of the spin and lack of information of these two newspapers of record, but the data from the Columbia Journalism Review was validating and revealing. Looking forward to tomorrow night...Anderson Clayton rocks! And we here in NC need all the help we can get.

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Thank you Simon, for this paragraph -- probably the most important message in today's column:

"The Insurrection Never Ended - events of the past few months suggests the attack on the US government, American democracy and the Congress didn’t end on January 6th, that it has now just taken a different form. Consider what Trump allied Republicans are doing now:

Repeatedly preventing, in unprecedented ways, both the House and Senate from performing essential duties. The disabling of the House is far worse than is understood."

In his book, "On Tyranny, Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century", Timothy Snyder reflects on how fascist, communist and nazi authoritarians took power in 20th century Europe. It's a remarkably practical guide to preserving our freedoms.

The twenty lessons referred to in the book’s subtitle appear as 20 chapters, each chapter heading worded as a specific instruction.

Chapter two is called “Defend Institutions”.

“It is institutions that help us to preserve decency. They need our help as well. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you make them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions do not protect themselves. They fall one after the other unless each is defended from the beginning. So choose an institution you care about — a court, a newspaper, a labor union — and take its side.”

As you say, the January 6 attack never ended. It has just taken a different form. Specifically, MAGA extremists in the House of Representatives proudly support convicted insurrectionists, and publicly advocate a coming civil war.

They are not are just another minority voting bloc like Libertarians, or even the Tea Party. Unwilling to work within the system, according to established norms and procedures, they use the forms of parliamentary procedure as a smokescreen. Their real intent is to obstruct and disrupt, not to legislate.

A network of citizen activists at www.FeathersOfHope.net have chosen to act on behalf of the People’s House, using only our voices to build support for marginalizing and isolating extremists in the chamber. So far as I know, there is no other network focused on the task of helping to defend the House of Representatives against MAGA extremism.

We invite your readers to join us at www.FeathersOfHope.net or www.jerryweiss.substack.com

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Worth remembering what Trump's initial response to the war was: to praise Hezbollah as 'smart' and renew a personal grievance against Netanyahu. He has been all over the map since then, uttering incoherent things that vary by the hour. Only the fealty of right-wing media and failures of traditional media keep this dangerously incompetent display from being a huge obstacle for him. He has yet to say anything that reconciles his pro-Russia and supposedly pro-Israel views at a time Russia's ally Iran is backing Hamas and other Iran-backed groups are firing on US Navy vessels in the region.

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Simon, normally I rely on your Hopiums to give hope and to keep my activism going. But I do need to ask you and Biden to be on the side of humanity in the Israel-Gaza war, rather than on the side of one tribe or another while blind to the suffering of the other side.

What Hamas did against Israeli civilians are atrocities and war crimes on Oct 7. All the hostages should be freed.

But when the Israeli government:

1.immediately enforced no water, no food, no electricity, no life-giving fuel to 2 million Gazans - that is collective punishment. Israeli govt. has the right to monitor the aide supplies, but they have no right to deny the aide under international humanitarian law.

2.if a warring party drops a bomb on Manhattan, we can be assured there will be massive civilian casualties no matter who they are aiming for. There have been over 12,000 civilians killed in Gaza, 6,000 of whom are children. If we don’t trust those figures, then consider that the UN says over 100 UN workers have been killed in the weeks of war in Gaza (the most of any conflict), and over 50 media workers have been killed (from Committee to Protect Journalists). Bombings and shootings of schools, mosques, ambulances and hospitals are war crimes. Not taking care to minimize civilians casualties is against international humanitarian law.

As human beings, we cry for ANY baby being killed. We should not value Jewish babies more than Palestinian babies.

Regardless of what the warring parties want, we need to speak up to end this bloodbath, to free all the hostages and end collective punishment on Gazans, and to negotiate how 2 people are going to share the same land. Jews and Palestinians are both not going anywhere - it’s just how many more will die before they share. As the primary aid supplier of Israel (military and otherwise) - in fact U.S. govt has plenty of leeway to rein in Netanyahu in this war and the escalating settlement expansions and violence in the West Bank.

How will more civilian deaths make it easier for the 2 people to co-exist?

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Thanks for this great Stephanie Rhule clip. Building on that, this "She-covery" story needs to be a much louder part of our narrative: https://wapo.st/47SPOQ8

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