Let's just call this out for what it is. A certain segment of our population can't abide the notion that education might inspire a broader perspective. That might encourage more compassion and understanding and undermine fear and the resulting dehumanization and cruelty.

Understanding and empathy for others interferes with their power.

People like Ron DeSantis are anti-democratic, anti-society, and must be forcefully challenged and opposed.

Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board-
nytimes.com/2023/02/04/opinion

@TonyStark

We must fight the Republican agenda. They have been trying to undermine democracy for decades.
Exerpt from The Educational Legacy of Ronald Reagan by Gary K. Clabaugh:
“ Once elected, Mr. Reagan
• called for an end to free tuition for state college and university students
• demanded 20 percent cuts in higher education funding
• repeatedly slashed funds for state campuses
• engineering the firing of Clark Kerr, the highly respected presi-
dent of the University of California
• declaring that the state “should not subsidize intellectual curiosity”
“He called protesting students “brats,” “freaks,” and “cowardly fascists.” And when it came to “restoring order” on unruly campuses he observed,“If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement!”Days later four Kent State students were shot to death during a protest rally. In the aftermath Mr. Reagan declared his remark was only a “figure of speech.” He added that anyone who was upset by it was “neurotic.”

@Tengrain

It passed over me and I heard a message-
“We’re trying to contact you about your car’s extended warranty.“

2 years of Biden and Democrats-

The American Rescue Plan.

Infrastructure Law.

The CHIPS Act.

The PACT Act.

Inflation Reduction Act - including addressing Rx drug pricing and the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history.

Gun safety legislation.

Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.

Good jobs numbers.

Low unemployment.

Rejoined the Paris Climate Accords.

NATO strengthened.

Support for Ukraine.

College debt relief.

Diverse, fair justices appointed to federal courts and the Supreme Court.

And a lot more.
________________________
A few weeks of Republicans:

Op-Ed: House Republicans' first order of business: Balloon the $31-trillion national debt-
latimes.com/opinion/story/2023


A couple of conversations I saw today made me think of this.

Change doesn't come from giving up. We don't ceed ground. We don't give up and run. We hold fast and push back.

Josh Shapiro was an impressive candidate because he is an impressive person who cares about the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

Shapiro made a big effort to listen to and work with people regardless of their personal politics long before he ran for governor. That paid off for him but also for Pennsylvania. He’s a rising star that we Democrats can count on now and for future higher political office and is just the kind of leader we need.

Something Very Important for Democrats Just Happened in Pennsylvania-
nytimes.com/2023/02/02/opinion

@TonyStark

Democrats want to govern; they want to pass legislation and take action to improve people's lives. He sounds great.

Curious about how election polls work? Check out this NPR podcast to learn all about the science of polling. ow.ly/r9iP50MCTgV

Democrats didn’t remove any Republican house member from a committee for any reason other than the Republican promoting violence on social media after January 6 toward other sitting members and none of them ever recanted.

Anything on the GOP agenda about policing reform, taxes, healthcare, infrastructure, their sacred economy, etc?

McCarthy is a weak, juvenile, petty and hypocritical politician, who caves at any flinch from the hard-core right-wingers who own him. More pathetic political revenge from a Republican party that has no desire (or idea how) to govern or do anything for the American people.

The Republicans’ case against Ilhan Omar was wrong, but successful-
msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/m

@TonyStark

This GOP House has removed two highly experienced members of the Intelligence Committee and now removed another experienced member who made a comment, not a personal threat, from a committee for which they are well-qualified. Look no further than that to see the GOP hasn't evolved to care about the country, only themselves.

In other words, Mrs. Roberts is helping to staff high profile corporate law firms with high profile lawyers who will be arguing in various federal courts - including the Supreme Court and in front of Chief Justice John Roberts - that the very rich corporations that they represent are *not* violating anti-trust laws and should be allowed to continue monopolization and restraint of trade.

And Chief Justice John Roberts would be more than happy to rule in favor of more unbridled corporate power and monopoly as we’ve seen repeatedly. The complete collapse and absence of ethics and basic rules and the elevation of glaring conflicts like this destroy court legitimacy.

This is what you get when Republicans get into higher office: neo-feudalism.

politico.com/news/2023/01/31/j

@TonyStark
This is some hinky ass bullshit. Just how many of the Justices' spouses are using their position on the bench to make money or push the agendas of conservatives& corporations?!

@TonyStark

Nothing so thoroughly guts an institution and destroys its integrity like a Republican.

They turned our Supreme Court into a arm of the right, dragged the presidency into an embarrassing, lawless 4-year hell, and surrendered our House of Representatives to a group of seditionist, fringe right-wing lunatics who have no interest in governing in the interest of the people.

The whole party is a cancer on the country.

As predicted.

During the 2022 campaign season, gas prices were one of the most frequently raised issues against President Biden but now that 1, the so-called red wave didn't happen and 2, gas prices at the pump have dropped some, you don't hear a peep about it.

Record profits were made last year by gas companies, who are fumbling furiously to try to explain how they didn't engage in price gouging - except that they did.

Billions in profits for stock buybacks and dividends to shareholders. Oh, and buying GOP votes to maintain their current tax breaks and giveaways.

White House blasts Exxon over historical $56 bln annual profit-
reuters.com/business/white-hou

@TonyStark Always follow the money if you want to know what’s really going on. This applies to everything.

Ron DeSantis isn't the only one who wants to erase Black history. This is something America has been trying to do since the beginning.

If anything, DeSantis is emblematic of a much larger problem, one that’s not only centered around race but one that concerns the freedoms and civil liberties inherent to any given democracy. Recent history has already shown us what effect the banning of books and denial of human experiences has on a society, and we are steadily headed in that direction.

This is all right out of the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) playbook. If you don't know about ALEC, who funds them, and what their agenda is, you should. Dismantling public schools and higher education institutions is high on their priorities list. Getting the population who should be allied to split apart is key to maintaining their power.

Without education, there can be no understanding. That’s part of their goal.

Opinion DeSantis is wrong about Black studies-
wapo.st/3Yg81CA

Black people have had to consistently push the United States to live up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all.” - ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Black history is American history.

4/4

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