If we thought that with President Biden’s inauguration our troubles would disappear and peace would reign, we were dead wrong. It appears to me that every Republican in any position of power, be it local, state, or federal, has taken an oath to make our lives a living hell and to destroy as much as possible of the nation. If I could afford it, I would file a lawsuit against the Republican Party for costing me sleep, health, appetite and more! As you read today’s snippets, you might conclude that I’m just a wee bit angry, but you’d be wrong. I’m not a wee bit angry, I am livid.
I wonder if we could sell Texas to Mexico?
Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is planning to spend the hard-earned tax dollars of the people of Texas and solicit donations from racists in order to ‘build that wall’ that the former guy kept touting but only actually built a few miles of. Abbott learned from the earlier fiasco that there is no way in hell Mexico is going to pay for the wall, so instead he is going to commandeer taxpayer dollars to attempt to keep refugees out of his sorry state. He said he would take $250 million from the state’s general revenue fund for a ‘down payment’ on his wall. He also plans to coerce landowners on the border to allow the state to begin ‘immediate construction’ on their property. In addition, he is asking for donations of both land and cash. There are probably a few fools who will write him a check, but they’ll be throwing their money away, because Abbott’s wall isn’t going to happen (I hope).
Most people in the know say that Abbott’s proposed wall will meet its destiny, likely in the courts. According to David Donatti, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas …
“If the governor wants to blow hot air on TV, he can do that. I truly don’t think he has thought this through. The governor is not a king. We have checks and balances in the state of Texas.”
As it happens, the governor does not have jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws, which are the sole responsibility of the federal government. Apparently, Mr. Abbott needs to study the U.S. Constitution and his job description a bit longer. He is up for re-election next year and … I would like to see him toppled, for he is an ass, but his likely primary opponent, Don Huffines, is just as big of an ass who also supports the idea of a wall, saying …
“The Biden Administration won’t secure our border, so Texas will.”
Sheesh, Republicans … do you not have anybody in your party with at least half a brain and a conscience???
Unlike the former guy, President Biden understands the seriousness of climate change and part of his campaign promise was to cut carbon emissions, cut back on fossil fuels, and expand renewable energy sources. In way of keeping that promise, one of Biden’s first actions, his first week in office, was to issue a series of executive orders, one of which was to put a temporary ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal land. Thumbs up, I say, for I ascribe to the mantra “Leave it in the ground”, even if it makes life a bit inconvenient for some, or … GASP … reduces the profits of the big oil, gas and coal companies.
But, alas, if something makes sense and is good for the environment, good for the people, you can count on the damn republicans to nix it. In this case, Jeff Landry, the Republican attorney general of Louisiana and attorneys general from 12 other states, all Republicans, filed suit in March to lift the White House executive order.
On Tuesday, Judge Terry Alvin Doughty of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana – a Trump appointee – granted a preliminary injunction claiming that that the power to pause offshore oil and gas leases “lies solely with Congress” because it was the legislative branch that originally made federal lands and waters available for leasing.
DAMMIT Republicans!!! The future of the human and many other species depends on switching to renewable energy, on leaving the damn fossil fuels where they belong … in the ground! I don’t want your damned oil and frankly I don’t care if the CEOs of every fossil fuel corporation, who have been robbing us blind for decades now, all fall off of Wall Street and end up without a penny! We have, for the first time in over four years, a president who cares about the future of the planet, who cares about We the People, our children and grandchildren, more than you the Rich Bastards!
As for Judge Terry Alvin Doughty … I wonder if he called the former guy to ask his advice on this one, for it reeks of trumpism.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia … you know, that state that has no economy and thrives on ignorance … already said he would not support the For the People Act that would ensure our voting rights, among other things. Our right to vote … our only voice in our lives, our future … and Manchin doesn’t care enough to support it. But wait …
Just this week, Manchin drafted a memo stating that he would be willing to compromise. He would support at least two weeks of federally mandated early voting and to eliminate partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts. Well, that’s a good start, though not nearly enough. But wait …
Manchin has conditions! Manchin’s compromise would require an ID requirement for all voters and the ability of local election officials to purge voter rolls using other government records. NO NO NO NO NO!!!
One thing that keeps many poor people, Blacks and Hispanics away from the polls is that ID requirement and it is grossly unfair! My granddaughter does not have a photo ID, she does not drive, and I don’t have the means to take her to obtain a state issued ID. She is 26 years old and has been voting by mail since she was 18. Under Manchin’s version of this bill, she would not be able to vote. I know numerous Black people here in my own neighborhood who do not have a photo ID, but they pay taxes, they are citizens, and they have the right to vote, dammit!
And Manchin’s notion of allowing election officials to purge voter rolls is far too vague. I can understand purging voters who have died or moved out of the state, but to give state and local election officials carte blanche to purge voter rolls at will? Surely you jest! Said Manchin …
“I’ve been sharing everything that I support and things I can support and vote with and things that I think is in the bill that doesn’t need to be in the bill, that doesn’t really interact with what we’re doing in West Virginia. We’ll have to see what changes are made.”
West Virginia is only one of fifty states, Manchin! The rest of us matter too! The bottom line, though, is it doesn’t make one damn bit of difference if Manchin supports the bill or not, for it will be subjected to the senate filibuster and we all know there are not ten republicans in the United States Senate who have a conscience. Hell, I’m not sure there are ten republicans in the United States who have a conscience! As far as I’m concerned, Joe Manchin can stick his ‘compromise’ where the sun doesn’t shine.