Elections

Primarying Democracy


It’s always a mixed bag from my readers anytime I criticize Democrats. Some will agree with me, most won’t, and even more will just stay silent. I don’t get a lot of shares on social media when I hit Democrats. And then Trumpers will claim the next day that I never hit Democrats, or even issue that complaint in a reply to the cartoon hitting Democrats. Seriously.

But I believe in every opinion I express. I don’t pander and I’m not partisan because principles are not partisan. It’s why I’ll never be a member of any political party because it seems somewhere along the way, no matter which party you’re in, you’re gonna have to put ethics, morals, and principles aside for a minute.

Liz Cheney is a Republican and one of the few who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. There are a few other Republicans like Cheney who don’t push Trump’s Big Lie that he won the election, like Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer, who also voted to impeach Donald Trump. Naturally, Democrats will still try to beat Meijer in the general election because he’s still a Republican after all. But, should the Democrats try to beat him in his Republican primary? Should Democrats give money to an election-denying Kool-Aid-swilling fascist Trump cultist in order to have an easier path to victory in the general election this November? It makes sense politically but it doesn’t make sense morally.

There are only ten Republicans in the House who voted to impeach Donald Trump for his coup attempt. Democrats have praised them for standing up for truth and Democracy.

Democrats can’t argue for more Republicans to be like Cheney and Meijer and then pump money into their election-denying opponents’ primary campaigns. It also tells Republicans not to ever vote with them again, not to stand on principles.

Democrats have spent at least $43,885,000 on advertising campaigns in races across six states promoting MAGAt candidates against somewhat rational and reasonable Republicans (they’re still Republicans). In Michigan, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent $435,000 on ads promoting Meijer’s primary opponent to Republican voters as a candidate “handpicked by Trump to run for Congress.”

Last Tuesday, Meijer lost to John Gibbs, an election-denying MAGAt. Now, Democrat nominee Hillary Scholten will face off against the Gibbs goon in November. But what if it doesn’t work? If Democrats had lost to Meijer, then that would have been a seat occupied by a non-MAGAt Republican who supports democracy. If they lose to Gibbs, it’ll be another MAGAt in Congress pushing for fascism. Gibbs may be in Congress voting against certifying the next presidential election Donald Trump loses.

I don’t think Democrats are working with a sound strategy.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, the founding executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, told Newsweek, “This choice by the DCCC to put a huge amount of money into supporting far-right candidates who support the conspiracy theories about a fraudulent election, is another egregious attack on people’s trust in our government.”

It’s unethical. It’s shady. And it’s telling those who pay attention that Democrats are just as shifty as Republicans.

It’s not just the DCCC playing these shifty hands and it’s not just happening in Congressional races. The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) and the House Majority PAC have run TV spots for a bunch of election deniers.

In a report in Newsweek: Last month, the DGA and Democratic incumbent Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker dropped $35 million on ads elevating Republican state Senator Darren Bailey. In Maryland, the DGA booked almost $1.2 million of airwaves to emphasize Republican state Representative Dan Cox. The House Majority PAC also spent thousands on Chris Mathys in California and Lori Saine in Colorado, while the local chapters in Colorado put millions into highlighting Ron Hanks and Greg Lopez. Bailey, Cox, Mathys, Saine, Hanks, and Lopez have all denied the legitimacy of the last presidential election.

If you win at all costs, then you’re going to be bankrupt in victory. In this case, the Democrats will be morally bankrupt.

Music note: I listened to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while drawing today’s cartoon.

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Fearmongering or Fair Warning?


Republicans don’t want to talk about gay marriage, interracial marriage, birth control, or free and fair elections right now. Why it’s like last year when they didn’t want to talk about abortion.

Last year during Virginia’s gubernatorial race, the goon, er…Republican candidate, Glenn Youngkin, didn’t want to talk about abortion and the Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, did a shitty job of nailing him to the wall. Instead of talking about stuff like abortion, Youngkin talked about Critical Race Theory and claimed Democrats were sending the FBI after parents who didn’t want public school teachers to indoctrinate their children into becoming gays and trans.

Candidate Glenn Youngkin didn’t want to issue any comments on abortion but Governor Glenn Youngkin says he’ll sign any bill that arrives on his desk that limits, restricts, or bans abortion in Virginia. The moral of the story is, you gotta pin these fuckers down on the important issues.

For years, while they were trying to restrict and ban abortion right before our eyes, Republicans said Democrat warnings that they’d overturn Roe v. Wade were just fearmongering. Naturally, Republicans were projecting because they fearmonger all the time that Democrats are coming to take your guns.

Democratic and Independent voters need to start paying attention, not just to what Democrats warn but to what Republicans say. We need to pay attention to their dog whistles and to their winks and nods over what they’ll ban. We also need to pay attention to what they don’t say. We need to pay attention because it was from Republicans seizing power that Roe v. Wade was overturned.

This is not fearmongering. Republicans are coming to ban gay marriage. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has publicly asked yee-haw states to send the court a case on gay marriage. Remember, their ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade wasn’t on a case trying to ban abortion, just restrict it. They took that and ran with it. Republican Senator Ted Cruz has stated that the Supreme Court got it wrong in legalizing gay marriage.

Where do they get this shit that the government should restrict marriage to being only between men and women? Their religion? Once again, they’re crafting legislation based on their religious beliefs.

Republicans are also coming to ban birth control and remove any freedom women have left with their bodies.

They’re probably coming to ban interracial marriage as well. If they think the Supreme Court got it wrong with gay marriage, then why believe they got it correct with mixed marriages? Goodbye, marriage equality.

And yes, they’re coming to ban free and fair elections. They’re already doing this in red states but they’re describing laws that make it harder for black Americans to vote as “election integrity.” Election deniers claiming Trump won are winning elections in several yee-haw states. These states are giving power to Republican legislatures to overrule local election boards if they don’t like the voters’ preference. So, just in case too many black voters get through a Democrat wins, the GOP legislature can overrule that vote. In addition, Donald Trump is planning to run for president again and if he wins, is promising to install loyalists and cultists into every government position. The Justice Department will be made up entirely of Trump goons who will not protect voting rights. We’ll also have four more years of Trump judges, and after the way Trump lost every challenge to the 2020 election, his next four years of appointees will be even goonier.

Democrats and Independents are horrible at paying attention. The majority of Americans believe in abortion rights, marriage, equality, and free and fair elections yet, each of those rights are being threatened. They’re being threatened because we’ve allowed the goons to get too close to taking away our rights. The goons are winning. Even when fewer people vote for them, they win. They cheat. Now, despite losing the popular vote for the White House, Congress, and Senate, Republicans installed a fundamentalist Supreme Court and our rights are being taken away.

Also, pay attention to the fact that Republicans lie. Remember when they said abortion should be decided by the states? If they retake Congress, I predict one of their first acts will be to ban abortion on the federal level. What else will they ban? Maybe they’ll ban cartoons and blogs warning you about what they’ll ban.

We need to start paying attention.

Music note: I listened to Verbena and Metallica.

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Biden Midterms


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During the Virginia gubernatorial campaign, Republican Glenn Youngkin kept his distance from Donald Trump. Though Trump wanted to campaign in the state, Youngkin dodged inviting him. He expressed his love for Trumpism during the primary and even said Trump represented so many reasons he was running. His policies are Trump’s policies, but he didn’t connect them to Trump during the campaign. Saturday Night Live did a sketch of him still avoiding Trump after he won, but I disagree.

Now that Youngkin is governor-elect, I expect him to be as much of a public Trumper as Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, and every red-state Republican governor. It’s not like he can run for re-election in Virginia.

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Youngkin Education


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During the final debate between Democratic candidate and former governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican candidate, Trump cultists, businessman, and job outsourcer, Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe said he doesn’t believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Since then, that’s all Youngkin has been talking about.

Youngkin turned the footage into a digital ad, then announced spending $1 million on a commercial airing statewide proclaiming “Terry went on the attack against parents.” His campaign created a group called “Teachers for Youngkin” which sent out flyers talking about how McAuliffe is attacking parents. Tonight, Youngkin is going to stage a rally in Northern Virginia titled “Parents Matter.”

How dare a politician say something so callous as parents shouldn’t be telling teachers what to teach. It’s an outrage this big government liberal doesn’t want parents setting the curriculum. Why, what McAuliffe said…makes total and complete sense.

The people Youngkin is appealing to are the same people who want God in public education. They want school prayer. They don’t want vaccination or mask mandates in schools. They already believe teachers are indoctrinating students to be liberal, spit on the flag, and pledge allegiance to teacher unions. These are the same people screaming to remove Critical Race Theory from all public schools even though it’s not being taught in any public schools. These are the same people who believe Donald Trump won an election, January 6 was a protest, Ashley Babbitt just so happened to be strolling by innocently inside the Capitol when a police officer shot her, and that vaccines contain microchips.

Do you really want these people setting the agenda in public education? I bet Glenn Youngkin doesn’t either and is just using the issue as red meat to the Trump base he’s feeding. By going to Northern Virginia, Youngkin is hoping people who normally vote blue aren’t paying attention to the details…or to what he’s actually saying.

Have you seen the videos of parents screaming at school boards about vaccines and face masks? Have you seen the videos of them screaming at school board members and teachers in parking lots? These are not the people I want telling teachers how to teach. I would not trust these people to tell me how to microwave a Hot Pocket. “You have to be sure you stick the knives in the microwave.”

If a football coach can ignore a parent when they try to tell him how to run an offense or they should let their kid play quarterback, then teachers shouldn’t have to listen to dumbass parents. If a parent tells a teacher how we need more God in public school, I believe that teacher can legally give that parent a swirlie.

I’m a parent. Does that mean I can tell teachers to teach black lives matter?

Here’s the thing, kids: Parents do get a say in how their children are educated. It’s the same way they elect presidents, mayors, senators, representatives, etc. They get to vote on who sits on school boards. Voting is a voice. Go to school board and PTA meetings. Sure, be involved. But when you demand how your child is taught, you’re also demanding how my child is taught. But then again, you don’t understand that a virus can go from one child to another. How would you feel about a parent knowingly sending their kid to school with lice? Fun fact: Lice, like the coronavirus, don’t care if your kid’s parents are Democrats or Republicans.

Youngkin says he’s the guy for education and claims he wants to give teachers a pay increase. McAuliffe does too. But it’s Youngkin who wants to take money away from public schools and give it to private and charter schools. It’s Glenn Youngkin who wants to bring back segregation. Fun fact: Most private schools were created in the 1960s. Huh. I wonder why that is.

Glenn Youngkin proposed eliminating the state income tax, and then flipped his position. But did he really? If you really care about education, you should be concerned because eliminating the state income tax, which accounts for 72 percent of school funding, will force Virginia to lay off 43,000 teachers. Youngkin has a net worth of over $300 million which was earned by running an investment firm that gobbled up smaller companies and made them more profitable by laying people off and outsourcing jobs to Asia.

This year, CNBC ranked Virginia as the second-best in the nation for education. A high ranking in education makes Virginia extremely attractive for luring businesses from other states…and helps prevent businesses from leaving. A top-rate education system is great for economic development. Republicans need to go back to school to learn how that adds up because they haven’t connected two-plus-two on this issue yet. It’s like voting for Trump and not understanding why there’s an increase in Nazis and hate crimes.

They say the best way to destroy public education is to take away the state income tax. The second best way is to elect a Republican. Glenn Youngkin has the same ideas toward public education as Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Secretary who hates public education and believed we needed more guns in schools to save students from bear attacks. Virginia needs a Democratic governor to save schools from Republican attacks. Fun fact: Bears attack fewer Americans than Republican Nazis. Another fun fact: More students have died from mass shootings at schools than from bears.

Republicans hate public education. Don’t take it from. me Take it from Republicans.

Another fun fact: The least educated vote Republicans. As Donald Trump once said about voters, “I love the poorly educated.” He loves the poorly educated almost as he loves quarter pounders and Nazis. Glenn Youngkin will let the poorly educated tell teachers what to teach your child.

For the sake of your child, keep Virginia blue. Vote for Terry McAuliffe.

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Cheeto Potentate


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Demagoguery comes before fascism. In case you haven’t noticed, Donald Trump has the demagoguery down.

Trump loves him some fascists. He buddies up to the authoritarian leaders of Turkey, the Philippines, Russia, China, North Korea, and even gave the monarchs of Saudi Arabia a pass over murdering a journalist who was a U.S. resident.

He’s speculated that the United States will have a president for life someday, which sounds less like speculation and more like thinking out loud.

He believes elections that don’t produce the results he wants are fraudulent. He’s claimed that counting every vote is cheating.

He’s referred to the media as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” He’s attempted to punish journalists by stripping their White House passes. He’s said that it’s a shame people can write and publish whatever they want.

He believes he can change parts of the U.S. Constitution with an executive order.

He’s attacked the courts and said we need to do something about them. He’s accused them of being dangerous to the country.

He wants to prosecute his political enemies, pressuring the Justice Department to go after Hillary Clinton and James Comey. He’s stripped clearance from former officials who have criticized him. He’s fired people from the FBI and Justice Department who have investigated him and has called for their imprisonment.

He tells his followers not to believe everything they see and hear, and it’s working. They don’t believe facts. His sycophants debate his greatness while rarely ever talking policy, because, like their leader, they don’t know policy. When facts are pointed out to them, they say they’re lies. They attack the messenger while ignoring the message. He has a base that puts sycophancy above honesty and patriotism.

He has said he is the only one who can fix America’s problems, even stating at the Republican National Convention, “Only I can fix it.” He tells us that he’s our favorite president. During Thanksgiving, he said he was thankful for himself.

He has used the military for political propaganda, costing us millions.

Donald Trump is not a dictator, but he wants to be. We have a system of checks and balances and Trump is the test that they will work or not. There are three branches of government and one of those branches wants to go unchecked and another has been ignoring its job has spent the past two years protecting the first. Hopefully, the courts won’t protect Trump.

Voters have given the House to Democrats with a mandate. Protect us from Trump and hold him accountable. The majority of Americans don’t want to live under a dictatorship. Trump supporters dream of it.

Trump doesn’t just want to win on policy. He wants full authoritarian power without any checks and balances. He wants to rule, not govern. The warning signs are there. He’s telling us every day what he wants and what he wants to be. It’s not a mystery. When someone tells you who they are, believe them.

People say Donald Trump never really wanted to be president. That’s true. But, it doesn’t mean he never wanted to be the nation’s leader.

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