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U2’s “One” is a song about disunity, not oneness.

When U2 got to work on the Achtung Baby album, Bono and Edge felt experimental. Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. wanted to return to their roots. They couldn’t agree on a direction.

Amid the tension, producer Daniel Lanois asked Edge to work on the bridge of a song. The others liked what they heard, joined in, and within 15 minutes they’d written “One.” Bono’s lyrics came to him fully formed. Co-producer Brian Eno later polished the song with fresh ears. This group effort saved the band. The fact that they were working on a bridge when it happened is downright poetic.

For me, “We get to carry each other” gets to the heart of how we make it through life. We could use a bridge right about now.

youtu.be/JFWPeVfWB9o

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David Byrne said that he wrote "Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place)" as a love song, which might not make it seem like a good candidate for a , but it's always made me think of finding one's place of happiness, comfort, and serenity. It's a happy little security blanket of a song. I think of it as a good way to celebrate our arrival on this instance, our new little town.

youtu.be/HldHtBxNK6k

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There will always be bad politicians and legislation to resist, but protecting and restoring our democracy is paramount. That's why resistance.social has moved to democracy.town.

The founders of this instance are a group of friends who moved to the Fediverse in 2019 from birdsite, where we'd been organizing since late 2016/early 2017. Our admin is @TonyStark. I'm a mod alongside @MariaHill and @SteveRogers.

Because most of us require anonymity, and because it's fun, we assumed heroic alter egos. The pseudonyms aren't serious, but our activism is. We welcome progressives and allies who want to share information, news, get-out-the-vote efforts, and more. There are also lots of cats, gifs, and music videos involved. You don't have to be a character to join us.

@TonyStark
Democrats need to stay in fight mode.

Everyone saw this happen and know the perpetrators admitted their Trump worship. They were proud of it, one of the worst days in U.S. history.

There can be no moving forward without accountability, and now they're trying to lie their way out of that.

N.O.

@TonyStark

If Trumpublicans take control in 2022, that’s the end of Biden’s presidency. Then, if they gain the presidency on 2024, that’s the end of the republic. 

The stakes could not be higher. We're not done yet.

Trump incited an insurrection which imperiled the lives of elected officials, their staffs, and other people in the Capitol building, killing and injuring police officers and others.

Republican Senators and Representatives voted to reject the Electoral College votes giving Biden/Harris ticket their entirely legitimate win.

Republicans across the country and in Congress signed on to the Texas AG’s law suit against Georgia.

Republicans have now introduced over 200 bills restricting access to voting in ways that make it harder for Black people, college students, lower-income people, and anyone else that is likely to vote for Democrats to vote.

Republicans need to experience a scorched earth policy directed specifically at them.

There can be no bothsidesism, there can be no bipartisanship. The GQP has abandoned any claim to have a say in the future of the American people.

Rewriting January 6th: Republicans push false and misleading accounts of Capitol riot:
washingtonpost.com/powerpost/r

@QueenRamonda
I have, thanks. I've seen graphics that make that mistake made by our own people. Thanks for posting an article that goes into a good explanation.

Don't let anyone else decide what your party is called! I remember this as far back as the Bush II years. Republican is an adjective, Democratic is an adjective. Democrat is not.

I know @TonyStark has talked about this before to the instance.

What's in an adjective? 'Democrat Party' label on the rise:
apnews.com/article/donald-trum

@TonyStark I no longer think of national Republicans as a political party with a legitimate agenda. They may one day return to being a political party. But now they are similar to mobsters who rule through intimidation, lies and violence. In my opinion, Jan. 6th was the date the illusion fully collapsed and today's Republicans showed who they really are.

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark And they want to con people into donating money. That’s not a platform but it’s one of their goals.

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark
The Republican strategy is to grind all of government to a halt so they can crow about Democrat incompetence. At the same time grinding government to a halt punishes all of the people.  Everyone suffers from the Republican scorched earth approach.

At some point the American people must stop electing/reelecting people who embrace such a destructive approach...that is, Americans have got to stop electing/reelecting Republicans or in other cases just allowing it to happen.

@TonyStark
The most important thing to the Republican Party right now is to be loyal beyond comprehension to a failed one-term president and Trumpism. That's it. They have no policy or platform beyond that.

@TonyStark
Here's another one from Illinois.

Let's make sure all of these attempts to overthrow our democracy and install a white supremacist theocracy do not get swept under the rug. These people aren't just ignorant, they're dangerous. There must be consequences for their actions.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

Cawthorn is a feature, not a bug, of the Trump party. The stream of lies coming from his mouth is exactly what today's conservatives hail as 'Free Speech', the right to be as destructive as they damn please yet remain free from all consequences.

A liar, a sexual predator, and a gaslighter - the face of the modern Republican party.
Very sad that he's in the U.S. government but hardly surprising that he's a right winger. People like this are extremely dangerous and just add to the reasons why the GOP must be purged from holding office.

The making of Madison Cawthorn: How falsehoods helped propel the career of a new pro-Trump star of the far right:
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

It's the lie that wouldn't die. Republicans know they can't win playing by the rules, so they make up new rules.

Nothing is off the table, even allowing state legislatures to replace election results they don't like. What is being done to voting rights in this country is an obscenity.

HR1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act need passed while we have the majority in the Senate, House, and White House and every one of us must get involved on the local level to protect the vote.

Republicans roll out “tidal wave of voter suppression” with 253 restrictive bills in 43 states-
salon.com/2021/02/27/republica

@TonyStark (Almost) literally a story about worshipping false golden idols in the bible, and they're still lining up behind him.

@TonyStark Don't most of them claim to be Christians? I'm not but I seem to remember a bible story about a golden calf. Anyone else? 🐮​

Seriously, though.

If I were at a function for a political group of any kind and someone rolled in a giant gold statue of an ex-president and probable future candidate for the party, I'd be long gone.

@TonyStark Their party is the Trump party. The ones who don’t think he’s still the party better wake up fast.

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