Watch every minute and listen to every word of each of these, and then find in yourself the time, resources, and will to fight for the life of this country. This is not over. This is just beginning.
Are you represented by a Republican? Contact your Republican representatives and tell them that they must step aside because they can no longer be trusted to do the work of democracy.
Are you represented by a Democrat? Contact your Democratic representatives and tell them that they have to develop and maintain, long term, a strong and uncompromising response to the Republcian insurgency. No weakness. No cold feet.
Pay special attention to what Representative Porter says in the third video (but only after watching the first video, please.)
My response to her will be found in the following open letter:
To Representative Katie Porter,
McConnell is not being truthful, McCarthy will not stand up, and his Republican colleagues will not hold him to account. Your recent comments on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show demonstrate that you did not absorb the life lesson of hiding with Representative Ocasio-Cortez while she feared for her life on 1/6. It was nice if you to loan her a pair of running shoes so she could hope to get away from the Republcian insurgents, but you did not seem to fully grasp the shocking meaning of that fact.
They. Were. Going. To. Kill. Her.
And if they caught her and you happen to be there, they would have killed you as well, as you should have assumed.
You, now, are expecting Republicans to do the right thing. This is naive. You need to understand that there is no line between the mob that invaded our Capitol, your elected colleagues who gave them tours while they planned the insurrection, your colleagues who during the insurrection were helping that mob zero in on their targets, or who were not wearing masks in a crowded room, and the leadership in the Republcian Party. No line.
You need to understand this, because you and your Democratic colleagues need to do your job to protect the Republic from what is likely a continuing insurrection.
You and most of your Democratic colleagues have spent too much time giving lip service to bipartisan efforts to have not noticed that for major issues, and often minor ones too, there has not been a bipartisan reality in the US Congress since the right wing decided to punish centrist and liberals alike for electing a Black president, and especially since the Republicans in Congress found their ultimate cult leader in Donald Trump.
I’m disappointed that Lawrence O’Donnell did not point this out to you.
I’m a good Democrat, and I’ll have your back. But until you and other Democrats grasp the significance of the sea change that has happened in this country, I’ll have your back only until a better alternative comes along. This is why we have endorsements and primaries.
Good luck, and may the scales of wishful thinking fall from your eyes sooner than later!