For the first time since 1812, the United States Capitol was breached. A mob of violent Trump supporters pushed past a police barricade, smashed windows, vandalized Congressional offices, and posed for pictures on the House floor. The joint session to certify the results of the Electoral College — the final step necessary to formalize President-elect Biden's victory — was postponed. How did it come to this?
This is the real story behind American politics. Corporations and billionaires are paying for politicians that give them the policies they want. These bought politicians are willing to subvert democracy to gain the favor of the vicious monster they have been nurturing, confident that this is good for their political future. The American people remain the unknowing suckers. Murdoch and Zuckerberg sustain the system that keeps the politicians in power and the $billions rolling in.
“ A mob of violent Trump supporters pushed past a police barricade”
The Capitol police opened the barricades and allowed the mob to enter the Capitol, then proceeded to take selfies with them.
Yesterday's events horrified me, but I can't say that they shocked me. The words of the Republicans over the last few years (and especially the last couple of months) essentially invited this type of situation. I had predicted to several friends that what happened yesterday was inevitable, and I was told in not so many words that I was nuts, that I was a catastrophist and alarmist, and that all would be well. Did people not hear what that Orange Turd has been saying even before he was elected in 2016? He inspired violence and he WANTED violence, all to gratify his pathetic ego. CNN was reporting that he was holed up in the White House, practically gloating over what was going on. What kind of sick f-ck does something like that? And, what does it say about the current Republican Party that so many of its members are okay with this? What does it say about this country that over 74 million of us saw the complete sh-t show that the past four years have been and said, "Yeah, I want four more years of THAT!"
I never imagined in the 30 years that I have lived in this country that we would ever see a scene like we saw yesterday. So, let me end on a happy note: Raphael Warnock won. Jon Ossoff won. Mitch McConnell will very soon be the Senate MINORITY leader.
Excellent reporting. I don't expect this money grab to stop until campaign finance reform is legislated. Six months down the road they will back to their old tricks. The nature of the greedy corporate beast is to play nice when Judd Legum has showed the list of corporate shenanigans.
But how bout them Dem Senators from GA! The power of the good people without corporate PAC money prevailed due to the young, minorities, urbanites and the dollars donated from all over by millions of Americans.
This should be celebrated. Stacey Abrams rocks!
Thank you Judd.
Yesterday I found out my bank, woodforest national, is a heavy contributor to ted cruz. Today am reviewing ALL my consumer connections and and disconnecting myself from ANY business that has any positive relationship with any politician who has not strongly, publicly condemned yesterday's insurrection, including withdrawing my accounts and cancelling all other business with woodforest. I will be be publicly explaining to those businesses why I refuse to do business with them.
Well articulated, Judd. While still alarming to see, those who find yesterday's events incomprehensible haven't been following the trajectory of American politics in the last 5 - 10 years. This is America, like it or not.
If there are not severe consequences for the members of [our] Congress that perpetuated and encouraged this insurrection, we will just go back to "business as usual"... well, that's not going to cut it. There must be expulsions and Trump should be removed TODAY via the 25th amendment.
These political contributions aren't "just business" any more. It's time to BDS these corporations.
Well, the most effective way to reduce, and hopefully stop the disfuncional way our political system works are:
a) term limits
b) limit or exclude companies from donating
One of the things that we tend to ignore as Americans is the effects of the international value of the dollar on our economy. Businesses, particularly those with international interests, know exactly what would happen if the world lost faith in the ability of the U.S. government to support the dollar. I suspect the NAM and the internationals stared that possibility in the face this week and it scared the crap out of them.