• Thomas Free

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  1. 6 days ago on Two Party Opera

    The deadly shenanigans of 1/6 and the dysfunctional immoral presidency of Trump has done more long term damage to the Republican Party than is readily apparent.

    What possible appeal does the Elephant hold for anyone younger than 65 as the party of no!, savior of the bygone days of old?

    • Americans want to put racism and discrimination behind them in the past, honestly

    • We know for a fact that the rich are too rich, and working people too poor

    • Most of our society has grudgingly accepted the emergency reality of climate change

    • The vast majority of us no longer believe that what’s good for the bosses is good for us too

    Republican politicians are saying the opposite.

    How long will rank & file GOP voters even exist at this rate? The demographics strongly suggest that the baby boomer generation of Republicans will be the last dependable voter base, and certainly in national elections.

    All politicians suck, but Democratic politicians suck a lot less than the gang that just says no.

  2. 7 days ago on Two Party Opera

    — Bummer, I didn’t get the point across.

    Short version is that the specific wording of the Constitution is far, far less important than the overall humanitarian ideals it evokes.

    Grotesquely, public & private whippings of servants, slaves, wives, criminals, immigrants, children, vagrants, et al., weren’t hindered by the Eighth Amendment for many a generation.

  3. 8 days ago on Two Party Opera

    Well, it’s a progression. The ideals set forth in the Declaration and the Constitution just rock. They are both masterpieces — the humanitarian principles, the eloquence, the spirit of freedom & justice.

    Originalists or constructionists - or even us living document types – have a civic responsibility to advance and adhere to the irreproachable ideals and principles we are supposed to live by.

    Slavery was legal, women could not vote, torture was legal, forced child labor commonplace, genocide sanctioned, etc., etc… -

    All under our wonderful Constitution which ideally forbids all of it. No signed paper can dictate our future – that’s our job.

  4. 8 days ago on Two Party Opera

    Hey man, that is well said. If one will take a little time and read the middle part [from Other provisions… on ], understanding the Constitution gets easier. There is no literal part that can be separated from the main. It is all of a piece, and by definition subject to interpretation.

    We gotta govern ourselves, the Constitution is our strict holy secular guide.

  5. 11 days ago on Two Party Opera

    Mr. Madison knew exactly what he was about.

    Two, four, six, eight, vote how you want them to legislate. It is too much power for presidents — elected by just half of the people — but they go away every four or eight years.

    If vetoed legislation is urgent, or is very clearly something that the electorate desires, override or use the issue to win more seats and the White House by appealing to the people on election day.

  6. 13 days ago on Two Party Opera
    - In 2012 the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission found George W. Bush guilty of war crimes in absentia for the illegal invasion of Iraq.

    Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said: “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.

    Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material were sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.

  7. 13 days ago on Two Party Opera

    - Yeah, I hear you. Everybody seems to have incarceration in mind to somehow solve all our problems. Spoiler alert — jail / retribution don’t do a danm bit of good.

  8. 14 days ago on Two Party Opera

    When your intention is to be one of the strongest & most decisive U.S. presidents ever, and you end up being a convicted war criminal, one tends to keep a very low profile.

    20 years ago today, half of us [along with 6 billion people who aren’t Americans] watched in horror as our government betrayed nearly every ideal that we try to stand for.

    The prevailing doctrine of the intelligence communities held that, left alone, Iraq would inevitably realign with Russia or become a powerful militant radical Islamic state.

    Powell, Cheney, Rumsfeld — and no doubt Reagan’s ghost — probably intended a grand example of American power that would serve notice about our defense of Middle East oil, Europe, Taiwan, and elsewhere.

    Instead, the world viewed us as Nazis.

  9. 15 days ago on Two Party Opera


    I mean, what’s the point? Ain’t nobody gonna win. It’s gonna go on and on.

    - It can’t go on forever.

    But ain’t nobody gonna win.

    - Somebody’s gonna win.

    Who? What about us, what do we get?

    - Well, you won’t get anything if we lose. It stinks, I suppose.

    Yeah. It stinks bad. And we all covered up in it too. I mean, ain’t nobody clean. Be nice to get clean, though.

    - How do we do that?

    We ante up and kick in. But I still don’t wanna carry your flag.


  10. 16 days ago on Two Party Opera

    The primary occupation of the human species is [ugh] — commerce. Global interdependence weirdly combined with global competition makes for a very, very complicated world.

    All countries subsidize their commerce – regardless of which ism their government professes to. That don’t make it right.

    The U.S. government could take the extreme moral stand, and declare that we will no longer guarantee American businesses against catastrophic failure, whilst every other government backs theirs, likely causing a global depression. We’re in the moral quandary business, too.