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“What the hell are we doing here?”

That’s the question Democratic California Congresswoman Maxine Waters exclaimed last week in response to images of U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback whipping Haitian asylum seekers who have been living in a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas.

Waters continued:

“What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery: cowboys, with their reins, again, whipping Black people-Haitians-into the water, where they’re scrambling and falling down, when all they’re trying to do is escape from violence in their country.”

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After decades of hearing republicans harangue about debt, deficits, and “fiscal responsibility,” one would assume that when they are in the congressional majority and/or the White House, our economy would be stronger and more “fiscally responsible.”

But here’s what actually happens.

History has shown that when put in the driver’s seat, republicans run up as much debt and cut taxes on the wealthy as fast as they can.

This immediate economic jolt fools a lot of people into believing the economy is healthy.

This inevitably leads to soaring debt.

They do this because they know eventually a Democratic president is…

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Comprehensive voting reform Democrats have been promising since reclaiming the congressional majority this year may finally be within our grasp.

HR1, or the “ For the People Act,re-introduced this January, seeks, in part, to:

It passed the House 220–210 on March 3 with no Republican support and only one Democrat opposing.

Since then it has languished in the 50/50 Senate awaiting certain filibuster.

Senate Democrats last week rolled out S.2747 — “ The Freedom to Vote Act” — being hailed as the compromise necessary to get the bill onto President Joe Biden’s desk.

Karen Hobert Flynn, president of the…

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What is the greatest threat to global public health?

Many will argue it’s COVID-19.

That’s a reasonable claim since, as of this writing, there are 41,645,545 total confirmed cases in the United States alone, and 666,806 Americans have succumbed to it.

Globally, there are over 226 million confirmed cases and four million deaths.

With variants still mutating among the unvaccinated, COVID is something we are just going to have to accept as part of life for the foreseeable future.

However, according to more than 230 medical journals, the most severe threat to global public health is not COVID.

It’s climate…

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What’s another term for a “failed coup”?

A rehearsal.

The United States came dangerously close to losing democracy January 6 when thousands of spiteful Donald Trump supporters descended on the Capitol to do the failed president’s bidding to “stop the steal” of votes he still claims are his.

Although this act of “domestic terrorism, “ as FBI Director Christopher Wray defined the attack, did not elicit the outcome Donald Trump and his supporters intended, it successfully demonstrated how fragile our republic is.

Two months ago, news broke of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) concern over…

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For all their sturm und drang about “ big government,” republicans really don’t have a problem with government intervention as long it helps boost their wealthy campaign contributors’ profits, prevents voters they don’t want to include from voting, and insinuates them in women’s reproductive business.

One week after the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) voted to uphold the most radical abortion law in the country, Senate Bill 8, aka the “heartbeat bill,” Texas Gov. …

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 372.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the United States since vaccinations began late last year.

About 175 million people — 52.7% of the total U.S. population — are fully vaccinated.

Approximately 205.9 million62% — have received at least one dose.

But while vaccines dosages have slightly increased, not enough people have received the vaccine in time to prevent the Delta variant from mutating and becoming the dominant COVID strain.

This has led to many school districts, businesses, and government offices…

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It was the end of period three, the last of three classes in a row before I had a break.

The teaching assistant assigned to some students in that class walked up to me at the front of the room where I was scrambling to collect papers so I could get out of the way for the next teacher coming in.

“Did you hear?”

“Hear what?” I asked.

“About the World Trade Center?”

I had been teaching since 7:30. In the days before smartphones with incessant notifications, I did not have contact with the outside world.

“Someone drove a truck…

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We might be witnessing the beginning of the end of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision that legalized safe abortions in 1973.

Despite indefatigable legal attempts to block it, the most radical abortion law in the country took effect Tuesday in Texas after SCOTUS justices Gorsuch, Alito, Thomas, Kavanaugh, and Barrett voted to uphold the draconian Senate Bill 8; aka the “heartbeat bill.”

Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Chief Justice John Roberts, dissented.

In her dissent Justice Sonia Sotomayor articulated:

“The court’s order is stunning. Presented with an application to enjoin a flagrantly unconstitutional law engineered to prohibit…

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Predictably, republicans and the corporate for-profit media pandering to them are tripping over themselves in piling on critiques of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan evacuation.

Some of the right-wing media headlines range from “ Biden Subcontracts U.S. Security to Terrorists,” “ The ‘Cut and Run’ Senator Became the ‘Cut and Run’ President,” to Trump Says Afghan Failure Is the ‘Single Most Embarrassing Moment’ in U.S. History.

There is little to no mention, however, of how former president George W. …

Ted Millar

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for PoliticusUSA, Liberal Nation Rising, Liberal America, and the Left Place blog.

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