Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Viva La Vida – The Romanovs

It’s the 106th anniversary of the murder of the Romanov family – Tsar Nicholas II, Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodovnora, Tsarevich Alexei, and Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia.

The seven members of Russia’s last Imperial family were shot and bayoneted to death by their Bolshevik captors in the cellar of the “House of Special Purpose” in Ekaterinburg in the early hours of July 17, 1918.

Also murdered were four members of the Romanov household – lady-in-waiting Anna Demidova, footman Alexei Trupp, cook Ivan Kharitonov, and court physician, Eugene Botkin.

As I’ve noted previously, I’ve long been fascinated by the Romanovs and their tragic story. Just to be clear: it’s the human story of Nicholas, Alexandra, and their family that I’m drawn to, not any aspect of the horrendous autocratic system that Nicholas presided over. It was a system that indeed needed to go. I lament, though, that its downfall involved the brutal murder of the deposed Romanov family and their servants. I just can’t see any justification for that.

Above: The Romanov family and their physician imprisoned in the “House of Special Purpose” in Ekaterinburg, as depicted in Franklin J. Schaffner’s 1971 film Nicholas and Alexandra.

Above and below: Michael Jayston as Nicholas and Janet Suzman as Alexandra in Nicholas and Alexandra. These screenshots are from the scene in the film when the Romanovs arrive in Ekaterinburg. (For Joey Gentile’s 2022 interview with Dame Janet Suzman on “50 Years of Nicholas and Alexandra,” click here.)

Above: The Romanov family as depicted before the Russian Revolution in Nicholas and Alexandra.

In marking this year’s anniversary of the Romanov murders, I share an artfully put-together video that combines Coldplay’s 2008 song “Viva La Vida” with clips from the 1971 film Nicholas and Alexandra, which in my opinion is still the best film out there about the fall of the Romanov dynasty.

GrandDuchess518,” the creator of this video, says that “‘Viva La Vida’ speaks to me about how the Romanovs (Nicholas especially) were feeling during the last two years of their lives.”

Interestingly, the song does have a connection to a doomed monarch, though not a Russian one. For as Jaebin Yoo reminds us, “Viva la Vida” is a retelling of the French Revolution and the death of King Louis XVI. As I think you’ll agree, the song also ties in well with the story of the last Russian Tsar.

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning, I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemies’ eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead, long live the king
One minute, I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringin’
Roman Cavalry choirs are singin’
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason, I can’t explain
Once you’d gone, there was never,
never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn’t believe what I’d become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Aw, who would ever wanna be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringin’
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason, I can’t explain
I know Saint Peter won’t call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Above: Nicholas and Alexandra, alternative movie poster artwork (mixed media on paper on board with cutout board, 1971). Notes The Illustrated Gallery: “This beautifully composed painting was created by Ted CoConis as poster art for the Academy Award-winning film Nicholas and Alexandra (Columbia Pictures). CoConis’ unique psychedelic montage style, which made him one of the most desirable artists in his field, is very well represented in this piece done at the peak of his career.”

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Remembering the Romanovs
Remembering Olga Nikolaevna and Her Sisters
The Tragedy of the Romanovs, 100 Years On
Yes, the Children Too

Related Off-site Links:
The Legacy of the Romanovs: How Is the Last Russian Royal Family Remembered in Russia? – Helen Rappaport (, July 16, 2018).
DNA Analysis Confirms Authenticity of Romanovs’ Remains – Brigit Katz (Smithsonian Magazine, July 17, 2018).
Inside the Romanov Family's Final Days – Caroline Hallemann (Town and Country, July 1, 2018).
The Race to Save the Romanovs and How It Fell Apart – Bob Ruggiero (Houston Press, July 11, 2018).
How the Royal Houses of Europe Abandoned the Romanovs – Helen Rappaport (The Economist, June 28, 2018).

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Quote of the Day

[Saturday’s attempted assassination of Donald Trump] . . . is an affront to human decency and an offense to both criminal law and the norms of constitutional democracy.

But we must not forget that it is Trump himself whose entire political “brand” centers on public cruelty, appeals to violence, and a relentless assault on the norms of democracy.

He is the unfortunate victim of an awful crime committed by a crazed gunman.

But it is beyond absurd to cast him as a victim of a widespread hatred of constitutional democracy. For nobody has done more than Trump to delegitimize and destroy constitutional democracy in this country. He is no martyr of popular government. And it is more urgent now than ever that the threats posed by his rhetoric and his political vision be criticized, and that he be defeated at the voting booth this November.

– Jeffrey C. Isaac
Excerpted from “More Dangerous Than Ever,
Trump and the GOP Must Be Defeated
at the Ballot Box

Common Dreams
July 16, 2024

Related Off-site Links:
Jeff Sharlet on Trump Assassination Attempt, Authoritarian Violence, and Project 2025Democracy Now! (July 15, 2024).
“Violence Has No Place in American Life.” Except, Like, Everywhere You Look – Jeffrey C. Isaac (Common Dreams, July 16, 2024).
Assassination Attempt Does Not Change Fact That Trump Is a Threat to Democracy – Julie Hollar (Common Dreams, July 17, 2024).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Robert Reich: Quote of the Day – July 14, 2024
Will We Let Fascism Come to America?
Chauncey Devega on the Ongoing Danger of the Trump Cult
Donald Trump’s Open and Shameless Criminality
Insurrection at the United States Capitol
Trump’s Legacy
Republicans Don’t Care About American Democracy
Progressive Perspectives on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Amy Coney Barrett
“We Have an Emergency On Our Hands”: Marianne Williamson On the “Freefall” of American Democracy
“Fascism Is Upon Us”
Laura Bassett: Quote of the Day – October 5, 2018
Insightful Perspectives on the Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing
Adam Serwer: Quote of the Day – May 23, 2018
On International Human Rights Day, Saying “No” to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump

Image: Kristen Solberg.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Kyle Kvamme, Advocate for LGBTQIA+ Refugees

The Wild Reed’s 2024 Queer Appreciation series continues with the sharing of an inspiring article from the UN Refugee Agency’s USA for UNHCR website. This article profiles Kyle Kvamme (right), a queer man living right here in the Twin Cities of St. Paul-Minneapolis, and his advocacy for LGBTQIA+ refugees.


Friendship, Pride, Allyship
Meet Kyle, a LGBTQIA+ Refugee Advocate in Minneapolis

June 10, 2024

When Kyle Kvamme returned home to Minneapolis, Minnesota after serving in the Peace Corps, he sought community, new friends and employment. A chance meeting at a picnic during Twin Cities Pride in 2020 would be life-changing for Kyle. There, he met Juan, a gay man from Venezuela seeking asylum in the U.S. who would not only become his closest friend but also play an influential role in Kyle’s work advocating for LGBTQ refugees.

“I was looking for other queer friends, and it was during COVID, so it was hard to meet other people,” Kyle reflects. “A mutual friend was organizing a Pride picnic in the park, something social distancing appropriate, and that’s where I met Juan.”

Juan, too, was looking for community. “It was very charming [meeting Kyle] because I didn’t have any queer community here in Minneapolis,” shares Juan.

As their friendship deepened, Kyle learned more about what forced Juan to flee Venezuela. Since 2014, more than seven million people have fled the country. People like Juan, who identifies as LGBTQ, face increased persecution, harassment and threats.

“I wasn’t very familiar with everything going on in Venezuela until I met Juan,” Kyle shares. “Hearing his story inspired me and seeing how Juan was really active, engaged and involved with the LGBTQ community in Venezuela was also inspiring.”

Juan’s story, friendship and activism resonated deeply with Kyle, and he began seeking informational interviews, hoping to find work that he could be passionate about. During one such interview with Alight, a Minneapolis-based humanitarian organization supporting displaced people around the world, Kyle learned about the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM). At the time, ORAM shared office space with Alight.

“I noticed a rainbow flag in the window and so I asked, ‘What is this room with this rainbow flag?’,” Kyle shares. “And that’s when the person who was giving the tour said, ‘Oh, this is an office space dedicated to ORAM, one of Alight’s affiliate partners that specifically supports LGBTQ refugees.’”

“I thought, what an amazing focus, and I instantly followed them on all their social media accounts, subscribed to their newsletter and got in touch with the organization.”

At the time, there were no openings at ORAM, but in 2022, the organization was hiring a communications and development coordinator. “When I saw the job posting, I immediately contacted Juan and told him about this opportunity,” Kyle recalls with a big smile. “I was really inspired at the time by the work that ORAM was doing in Mexico supporting LGBTQ refugees, many of whom are Venezuelan. Juan’s experience as a queer person from Venezuela was at the front of my mind when I was applying for the role.”

As the Communications and Development Coordinator at ORAM, Kyle plays a vital role in uplifting the stories of refugees. “I have the privilege of speaking to some of the bravest and kindest people, who happen to identify as LGBTIQ refugees,” Kyle shares. “What has warmed my heart is the response from the people who have shared their stories with me. Many of them have been so happy with the finished stories and felt appreciated. That means more to me as a storyteller than any number of views or likes.”

Recently, Kyle had the opportunity to connect with Robert, a former ORAM beneficiary and now a resettled refugee living in the United States. A gay man originally from Uganda, Robert was forced to flee the country due to Uganda’s laws explicitly discriminating against LGBTQ people. He found refuge in Kenya but struggled to make ends meet. A scholarship from ORAM helped Robert attend Linton’s Academy, a cosmetology school where he learned makeup, nail care and massage skills.

“Speaking with Robert, I realized that as queer people, we have so much more in common, our queerness has so much unity,” says Kyle. “Sitting next to Robert, I could have been sitting next to any friend of mine at any LGBTQ establishment around the country. Those types of interactions make me think, ‘This is why I’m here doing what I do,’ because, at the end of the day, we have so much more in common than what divides us.”

Kyle’s work has also deepened and redefined his friendship with Juan. “The fact that he’s working here with ORAM gave us a chance in our relationship to talk about politics and talk about things that are deep,” says Juan. “I think that it opens a new chapter in our friendship.”

“Juan's been super supportive since I joined ORAM, not only in terms of helping amplify our message and the work we do but also attending events here that we have in the Twin Cities.”

While Kyle’s work helps refugees and asylum-seekers around the world, he sees an opportunity to build awareness and grow support for refugees in Minneapolis – particularly in the LGBTQ community.

“I really want to encourage members of my fellow community, the LGBTQ community, to become refugee allies, especially for LGBTQ refugees who not only have to flee their homes and live outside of what they know, but then also experience double marginalization because of their LGBTQ identities and their identities as a refugee.”


Are you inspired by Kyle’s advocacy for LGBTQIA+ refugees? Find out how you can join USA for UNHCR to support refugees in your community and around the globe by clicking here.

Related Off-site Links:
UNHCR’s Page Dedicated to LGBTIQ+ Persons.
For LGBT Asylum-Seekers, Coming to the U.S. is Hardly the End of a Harrowing Journey – Jasmine Garsd (NPR News, February 8, 2024).
The Unique Challenges Facing LGBTQ Refugees – Matt Schiavenza (, August 3, 2023).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Sanctuary for Gay Syrians Danny and Aamer
2000+ Take to the Streets of Minneapolis to Express Solidarity With Immigrants and Refugees
Rallying in Solidarity with the Refugees of Syria and the World
When Neutrality Is an Inhumane Choice
Irene Khan: Shaking Things Up Down Under
Vanessa Redgrave: “Just Being Alive, Staying Human, I Think That’s Infinitely Precious”
Vanessa Redgrave: Speaking Out
Honoring Óscar and Valeria
Something to Think About – November 27, 2018
Let Us Be the Wise Ones They're Waiting For
Stephen Mattson: Quote of the Day – January 25, 2017
May Day 2007
A Prayer for Refugees

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Quote of the Day

My first thought on hearing about the attempted shooting of Donald Trump at a Saturday rally in Pennsylvania was “I hope to god he’s okay.” I thought this for the usual reasons we human beings hope that other humans are safe from harm. But I had another reason in the case of Donald Trump.

Trump has shaped his campaign around his own paranoid martyrdom. I didn’t want anything to add fuel to his dangerous message.

It would be unseemly to speak ill of a man who could have lost his life today, yet I am compelled to remind you of the constant undercurrent of violence in Trump’s campaign message to his followers. He talks of an America divided between Trump supporters and “enemies within” who are seeking to destroy both Trump and his followers. . . . After Saturday’s attempt on his life, expect more of the same paranoid martyrdom from Trump.

. . . I have much more to say about all this. For now, though, please join me in doing everything possible to lower the hostility and anger now pervading American politics. And let us pray that Trump, Biden, and everyone running for political office and every American engaged in politics remains safe from harm.

– Robert Reich
Excerpted from “My First Thought
When I Heard Trump Had Been Shot
– And the Ones That Followed

Common Dreams
July 14, 2024

Related Off-site Links:
Trump Injured But ‘Fine’ After Attempted Assassination at Rally, Shooter and One Attendee Are Dead – Jill Colvin, Julie Carr Smyth, Colleen Long, Eric Tucker, Michael Balsamo, and Michelle L. Price (AP News, July 14, 2024).
Citing His Recent Comments, Republicans Blame Joe Biden for Donald Trump Rally Shooting – Bailey Schulz (USA Today, July 13, 2024).
Progressives Condemn GOP Attempts to Blame Biden for Trump Rally Shooting – Julia Conley (Common Dreams, July 14, 2024).
FBI Identifies Trump Rally Shooter as 20-Year-Old Thomas Matthew Crooks – Jessie Yeung (CNN, July 14, 2024).
Suspect in Trump Assassination Attempt Had Registered as Republican But Motive Unknown – Pierre Thomas, Olivia Rubin, Peter Charalambous, Luke Barr, and Jack Date (ABC News, July 14, 2024).
Biden Orders a Security Review After the Assassination Attempt on TrumpNPR News (July 14, 2024).
World Leaders React to Attempt on Trump’s Life at Pennsylvania Rally – Brady Dale (Axios, July 14, 2024).
Read the Letter from Melania Trump Responding to Attempted Assassination of Donald Trump – CNN (July 14, 2024).
Conspiracy Theories Surge Following the Assassination Attempt on Trump – Huo Jingnan, Lisa Hagen, and Odette Yousef (NPR News, July 14, 2024).
Trump Headed to Republican Convention After Surviving Assassination Attempt – Nathan Layne, Soren Larson, and Gabriella Borter (Reuters, July 14, 2024).

UPDATES: Jeff Sharlet on Trump Assassination Attempt, Authoritarian Violence, and Project 2025Democracy Now! (July 15, 2024).
Trump Picks Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance to Be His Running MateNPR News (July 15, 2024).
J.D. Vance – Who Once Called Trump “America’s Hitler” – Tapped for VP – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 15, 2024).
“He’s a Fake”: Robert Kuttner on How J.D. Vance Disguises His Anti-Worker Views as Economic PopulismDemocracy Now! (July 16, 2024).
Get Your Assassination Merch Here! – Pierre Tristam (Common Dreams, July 16, 2024).
Trump Got Shot With an AR-15. Don’t Expect His Party to Support a Ban – Stephanie Mencimer (Mother Jones, July 16, 2024).
Assassination Attempt Does Not Change Fact That Trump Is a Threat to Democracy – Julie Hollar (Common Dreams, July 17, 2024).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Will We Let Fascism Come to America?
Chauncey Devega on the Ongoing Danger of the Trump Cult
Donald Trump’s Open and Shameless Criminality
Insurrection at the United States Capitol
Trump’s Legacy
Republicans Don’t Care About American Democracy
Progressive Perspectives on Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Amy Coney Barrett
“We Have an Emergency On Our Hands”: Marianne Williamson On the “Freefall” of American Democracy
“Fascism Is Upon Us”
Laura Bassett: Quote of the Day – October 5, 2018
Insightful Perspectives on the Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing
Adam Serwer: Quote of the Day – May 23, 2018
On International Human Rights Day, Saying “No” to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump

Image: The front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune – Sunday, July 14, 2024. Notes Wikipedia about the photograph used in the Star Tribune’s coverage of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump:

An image of a bloodied Trump pumping his fist in the air was taken by Evan Vucci of the Associated Press and spread on social media shortly afterwards. The photo observed subsequent, widespread usage in posts by his most prominent allies, including the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Politico said some used it as “an opportunity to tout conspiracy theories and stoke political tensions.” Benjamin Wallace-Wells of The New Yorker said that “It is already the indelible image of our era of political crisis and conflict.” He analyzed that “some of the elements in Vucci’s image are familiar from the countless others of Trump” and concluded that “It is an image that captures him as he would like to be seen, so perfectly, in fact, that it may outlast all the rest.” Business Insider echoed those sentiments, assessing that it had “become the most iconic image of his reelection among Republicans.”

Friday, July 12, 2024

Yes, Just Imagine . . .

Corporate media elite, particularly CNN and MSNBC, acted as enablers and protectors of the Biden campaign by blacklisting his opponents in order to protect his image.

Imagine if his opponents had been on the Sunday news shows, covered fairly as any FEC registered qualified (according to the Constitution) candidate had the right to be.

Imagine if media had not presumptuously considered themselves entitled to say who was “credible” and who is not. Imagine if the president had had to actually campaign and debate his opponents. Imagine if there had been a fair democratic primary process.

None of this would be happening now.

Marianne Williamson
July 12, 2024

7/13/24 UPDATE: Earlier today Marianne Williamson appeared on both the Fox News network and Sky News Australia. Both appearances took place a few hours before the attempted assassination of former president (and presumptive Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election) Donald Trump by Thomas Matthew Crooks at a campaign rally near Butler, Pennsylvania.

Related Off-site Links:
Marianne Williamson Blasts Top Democrats Amid Concerns Over Biden’s Age and Cognitive Health – Kyra Phillips, Isabella Meneses, and Isabella Murray (ABC News, July 9, 2024).
Marianne Williamson: Now We Know Why DNC Insisted Against PrimaryStatus Coup News, July 8, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Presses Biden to Withdraw: “We Need to Recalibrate Quickly” – Lauren Irwin (The Hill, July 6, 2024).
“Blew Up in Their Face”: Marianne Williamson Slams DNC Decision to Boost Biden – Naomi Lim (Washington Examiner, July 5, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Throws Her Hat Back in the Ring After Biden Debate Disaster – Marco Margaritoff (The Huffington Post, July 3, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Calls for Open Convention to Decide Democratic Nomination – Neil Vigdor (The New York Times, July 2, 2024).
Amid Debates Over Fitness for Office, 63% of Voters Find Biden and Trump Embarrassing – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 11, 2024).
Two-Thirds of Americans Want Biden to Drop Out – Chris Walker (TruthOut, July 11, 2024).
Urging Biden to Step Aside, Sen. Peter Welch Warns “Peril to Democrats Is Escalating” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 11, 2024).
Should Biden Step Aside? Wajahat Ali and Norman Solomon Debate Democratic Options for 2024 RaceDemocracy Now! (July 11, 2024).
Biden Tells Democrats He’s Not Leaving the Race, and It’s Time to Stop Talking About It – Tamara Keith (NPR News, July 8, 2024).
Biden Would Suffer Massive Loss to Trump, New Polling PredictsRising (July 8, 2024).
Amid Growing Calls for Biden to Pull Out, Congressional Democrats Remain Split – Deirdre Walsh and Claudia Grisales (NPR News, July 7, 2024).
Only the Lord Almighty Can Save Us Now – David R. Weiss (Full Frontal Faith, July 7, 2024).
After Biden’s ABC Interview, It’s Time to Pull the Emergency Cord – Norman Solomon (Common Dreams, July 6, 2024).
Here’s How It Would Work to Replace Biden Before or During the Democratic Convention – Miles Mogulescu (Common Dreams, July 3, 2024).
How to Replace Biden and Beat Trump: Longtime DNC Member Jim Zogby Proposes Process to Pick New NomineeDemocracy Now! (July 3, 2024).
Marianne Williamson: “The System is Bleeding Voters” – Urja Sinha (NewsNation, May 19, 2024).
Love, Democracy, and Gangster Politics – Marianne Williamson (Transform, May 5, 2024).
Primary Purpose and Power – Marianne Williamson (Transform, March 12, 2024).

UPDATES: Williamson Hits Biden Over “Arrogance and Stubbornness” of Staying in Race – Lauren Irwin (The Hill, July 13, 2024).
“What are We Doing Here?” Marianne Williamson Rips Dems for “Protecting” Biden’s “Feelings” – Kipp Jones (Mediaite, July 13, 2024).
Blue MAGA: We Need to Talk About the Cult-like Turn of the Democratic Party – Mehdi Hasan (The Guardian, July 15, 2024).
“Power Play of the Highest Order”: DNC Plot to Ram Through Biden Nomination Sparks Fury – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 16, 2024).
The DNC’s Plan to Force Biden’s Nomination Is Everything People Hate About the DNC – Inae Oh (Mother Jones, July 16, 2024).
DNC Makes Moves to Lock In Biden as Nominee Early, Despite Growing Discontent Among DemocratsDemocracy Now! (July 17, 2024).
65% of Democratic Voters Want Biden to Step Aside: Poll – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 17, 2024).
COVID Forces Biden Off Campaign Trail as Pressure Grows for Him to Step AsideDemocracy Now! (July 18, 2024).
Push for Biden to Drop Out Reaches Very Top of Democratic Party – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 18, 2024).
The 2024 Election and the End of the American Century – Tom Engelhardt (TomDispatch via Common Dreams, July 18, 2024).

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For The Wild Reed’s coverage of Marianne Williamson’s 2024 presidential campaign, see the following chronologically-ordered posts:
Marianne 2024
Marianne Williamson Launches 2024 Presidential Campaign
Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
More Progressive Perspectives on Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Run
Ben Burgis: Quote of the Day – March 10, 2023
Despite the Undemocratic Antics of the DNC, Marianne Williamson Plans on “Winning the Nomination”
The Biblical Roots of “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Need”
Marianne Williamson on The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton – 05/30/23
Marianne Williamson’s Economic Bill of Rights
Three Progressive Voices on the War in Ukraine
Marianne Williamson: Quote of the Day – June 27, 2023
Marianne Williamson on The Issue Is with Elex Michaelson – 07/20/23
Voters, Not the DNC, Should Choose the Nominee
Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire
Marianne Williamson: “Repairing Our Hearts Is Essential to Repairing Our Country”
Marianne Williamson on Trump’s Day in Court
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 08/25/23
Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson Joins NYC’s March to End Fossil Fuels
Marianne Williamson on Your World – 10/6/23
Marianne Williamson’s “Radical Idea” of Putting People First
Marianne Williamson: “We Need to Disrupt the Corrupt”
“We Are Surging”
“Let the People Decide”: Marianne Williamson on the DNC’s Efforts to Deny and Suppress the Democratic Process
Democratic Presidential Debate: Marianne Williamson and Dean Phillips – 1/8/24
The Democrats Challenging Biden
Bannering for Marianne
Campaigning for Marianne Williamson in New Hampshire – Day 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Marianne Williamson: “I Have Decided to Continue”
Marianne Williamson in Nevada – 2/4/24
Forever Grateful
What Marianne Williamson Learned from Running for President
Marianne Williamson: Playing It Big
Minnesotans Launch Super Tuesday Push for “Suspended But Not Ended” Candidate Marianne Williamson
A Welcome Return
This Super Tuesday, Don’t Be “Uncommitted” . . .
Super Tuesday in Minnesota
Marianne Williamson, the Cassandra of U.S. Politics, on the “True State of the Union”
Marianne Williamson in Arizona – 3/17/24
“This Is the Moment”
Marianne Williamson on Washington Journal (4/2/24) and The Letterhack (4/4/24)
For Marianne Williamson, One Season Passes and Another Begins
Cylvia Hayes: “Why I’m Voting for Marianne Williamson”
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 5/19/24
“What I Want to Remember Are the Moments of Love”
A New Beginning
Marianne Williamson on What Democrats Need to Do to Inspire Voters and Counter the “Hotbed of Grievances That Donald Trump is Offering”
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 7/7/24
Progressive Perspectives on the Crisis in U.S. Electoral Politics

See also:
Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
Marianne Williamson on the Current Condition of the U.S.
Marianne Williamson’s Politics of Love: The Rich Roll Interview
Now Here’s a Voice I’d Like to Hear Regularly on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking American Democracy
Marianne Williamson on the Tenth Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street
Marianne Williamson on How Centrist Democrats Abuse Voters with False Promises
“Two of the Most Dedicated and Enlightened Heroes of Present Day America”
Deep Gratitude
“A Beautiful Message, So Full of Greatness”
Marianne Williamson: “Anything That Will Help People Thrive, I’m Interested In”
Caitlin Johnstone: “Status Quo Politicians Are Infinitely ‘Weirder’ Than Marianne Williamson”

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Progressive Perspectives on the Crisis in U.S. Electoral Politics

As the United States barrels towards another presidential election pitting Joe Biden against Donald Trump, a somber reality is setting in for many observers: despite the stark differences between the two men and their visions for America, their rematch represents a broader shift in how democracy functions in the 21st century. Increasingly, elections have become competitions between the ambitions and personalities of individual “great men” rather than contests of ideas or visions for society.

This phenomenon reflects a contemporary belief in the outsized power of elite individuals – whether CEOs, celebrities, or political leaders – to drive change and shape the world around them. It’s a worldview that has its roots in neoliberal ideology but has morphed into something more extreme: a “cult of personality” that justifies massive inequality and the consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of a small oligarchic class.

The recent Trump-Biden debate served as a grotesque apotheosis of “great man” politics, laying bare the dangerous fallacy of entrusting democracy to the outsized personalities of flawed individuals. What viewers witnessed was not a substantive exchange of ideas, but a sad spectacle of two men desperately clinging to the illusion of their own indispensability.

Trump, the self-styled political outsider, once again displayed his mastery of demagoguery. His performance was a masterclass in manipulative rhetoric, weaving lies and exaggerations to inflame passions and sow doubt. This wasn’t leadership, but a naked display of ego – a man willing to risk democratic norms and institutions to maintain his grip on power and protect his wealth.

Opposite him, Biden struggled to articulate coherent responses, his words often faltering and confused. The toll of age was unmistakable, raising uncomfortable questions about his fitness for office. Yet Biden’s insistence on seeking reelection, despite these obvious challenges, betrays the same hubris that drives Trump – a belief that he alone can guide the nation through troubled waters.

This debate didn’t showcase great men rising to meet history’s challenges. Instead, it revealed the bankruptcy of personality-driven politics. Here were two deeply flawed individuals, propped up by cults of personality, vying for the right to single-handedly shape America’s future.

In its most degenerate form, as we’re witnessing now, this results in the sad spectacle of a democratic election devolving into little more than the narcissistic desire of two powerful old men to cling to power and relevance, even as they and the system they represent show clear signs of terminal decline.

– Peter Bloom
Excerpted from “The Biden-Trump Rematch
Reflects Democratic System
in Terminal Decline

Common Dreams
July 9, 2024

We warned about most of this in 2020 but we were told to shut up and fall in line so we could get the “lesser” evil elected. Many of us did that. In fact, much of the left has made that compromise time after time. We’ve compromised our way to fascism.

– Dana White
via Instagram
July 10, 2024

In the system of government envisioned by America’s founding fathers, political leaders exist to represent and serve the people. This can be a fragile ideal. George Washington could have shattered it right from the get go had he wanted to hang onto power. But instead he relinquished his position and retired with honor when the time was right, a choice that – more than any other – made him a foundational hero of American democracy.

Though this principle has survived many crises since then, today it faces arguably its greatest threat yet. Donald Trump has already tried to roll back our democracy once. Now he’s running with an explicit plan to do so, and with the twisted authority of the Supreme Court to back him up.

Of course, to realize his dark vision, Trump needs to win in November. So the most terrifying thing about our current moment is that the presumptive Democratic nominee, President Joe Biden, is by every objective measure, on track to lose reelection. His 37% approval rating makes him historically unpopular, three quarters of Americans do not believe he has the cognitive health to be president, he is consistently losing in swing state polls (where he is polling far behind other Democrats), and his disastrous debate and interview performances show that he is not up to the task of effectively prosecuting the case against Donald Trump.

In this context, it’s easy to understand the anger many Americans have felt at the Democrats – some at high levels within the party but also worryingly large numbers at the grassroots – who’ve been insisting that President Biden deserves our unconditional support.

This is a dangerous claim to make on behalf of any political leader. In a democracy, no individual politician deserves unconditional support. That’s the whole idea behind a government “deriving [its] just powers from the consent of the governed.” Our leaders serve us, not the other way around.

. . . Being president is not a sacrifice. Certainly it’s a tough job, one that requires a lot of energy and endurance. But it’s also the most plushy, prestigious, privileged thing someone could ever do. That’s why Trump wanted the position in the first place, and I understand why Biden, his family, and his team would want four more years with all that power and prominence.

But they aren’t entitled to it. We have a hell of a lot more on the line in this election than one man’s ambitions and ego. The minority of Democrats insisting otherwise resemble nothing so much as a blue-shaded MAGA, not just in their conspiracies and increasingly unhinged perspective on the race, but also because they, too, are trying to drag us down a path that will very likely end in a second Trump presidency.

– Aaron Regunberg
Excerpted from “Biden Can Stop the
Terrifying Prospect of a Second Trump
Presidency – By Stepping Aside

Common Dreams
July 10, 2024

A large percentage of this country didn’t want either [Trump or Biden]. And now, a little miraculously, they might get what they want after all. If the Democrats have an open convention and pick a new candidate, that person might win easily because he [or she] isn’t one of these two.

Cenk Uygur
via Instagram
July 7, 2024

Just think: if the DNC had facilitated actual democracy via a robust primary season, including debates, we may well have determined a year ago President Biden’s cognitive limitations and decline. That would have allowed plenty of time for a better-equipped candidate to have emerged and be nominated by “the people” (registered Democratic voters, in this case). But, no, the DNC did what it believes it has the (undemocratic) right to do: anoint a candidate for us and rig the process to ensure his/her victory. That strategy failed in 2016 with Hillary Clinton, and it looks as though it’s going to fail in 2024 with Joe Biden.

– Michael Bayly
via Facebook
July 5, 2024

The same people who said we couldn’t consider anyone but Biden because we all had to stand in line, are now saying we can’t consider an open convention because we all have to stand in line. No deviation from the official line of thinking or we’ll lose, ya’ll!! In fact, once you have people convinced that we all have to stand in line, then we’ve lost already.

The moral flaw in all this from the beginning has been the idea that saving democracy is sooo important that we can’t possibly trust democracy to fight off its attackers. But the actual practice of democracy – really letting people have their say, giving everyone a fair shot in the media, allowing the people and not an elite few to determine the upshot of elections – is the ONLY way to fight off attacks on democracy, and those who don’t get that are subconsciously complicit in the attacks.

Marianne Williamson
via Facebook
July 1, 2024

Almost everyone in Democratic politics and mainstream media owes Rep. Dean Phillips an apology. They claimed he was trying to hurt the Democratic Party by running against Joe Biden when he was doing the opposite. And to Marianne Williamson, who had the courage to say the truth first.

Cenk Uygur
via Instagram
July 3, 2024

Almost as appalling as President Biden’s debate performance are the efforts of his loyalists to pretend that what 50 million viewers saw and heard didn’t happen or didn’t really matter. What has unfolded in the last few days amounts to a political gaslighting operation by the Biden campaign and supportive pretenders who’ve been trying to erase history as soon as it happened.

Apparently, Biden’s ego has proven to be much more resilient than his cognition, while loved ones and sycophants in concentric inner and outer circles cling desperately to talking points that are patently dishonest, often preposterous, and virulently dangerous for prospects of preventing a second Trump presidency.

By whistling past the graveyard of Biden’s credibility as a viable candidate in 2024, the pretenders are doing a huge disservice to all who want to avert a full takeover of the U.S. government by the fascistic Republican Party.

– Norman Solomon
Excerpted from “We Cannot Gaslight
Our Way Out of This

Common Dreams
July 1, 2024

A new poll shows that 72% of Americans think Biden should drop out. If 7 out of 10 Americans think your candidate shouldn’t even be in the race, can anyone really be so deluded as to think that you have the right candidate? This is a slow-motion suicide of the Democratic Party.

– Cenk Uygur
via Instagram
June 30, 2024

Refusing to quit is not always heroic resilience. It’s often stubborn rigidity.

Walking away from a losing battle is not a failure of grit. It’s a triumph of wisdom.

Service is not only about stepping up to lead. It’s also about having the courage to step aside.

Adam Grant
via Instagram
July 3, 2024

We have become, by the tens and tens of millions, deeply removed from nominal reality. Trump can say virtually anything and we will not flinch. If he came out with an executive order (after being installed to power) criminalizing public statements affirming the theory of evolution few would be startled. If he denies voting rights to the unemployed, or gives two votes to gun owners there might be a muffled response of dismay, but no sustained outrage.

The issue most confronting the U.S. is not Biden’s senility, but the fact that we live in a rhinoceros infested land. All that stands between the US and a consolidated fascist state is a senile, morally defective man who never had more than average talent to begin with. Are we okay with that?

The whole point should not be Biden’s cognitive capacity (he is fucking senile and was barely capable in his mediocre prime), but the lost ability of self-scrutiny. Why do we sleepily gaze at herds of fascist rhinoceros and pretend that we see nothing? [Note: In Eugène Ionesco’s 1959 play Rhinoceros, a staple of the post-war absurdist repertoire, the rhinoceros symbolize fascists.] The members of a sane society would be thundering angrily through the streets given the choice between a smoldering ghost and an aspiring Nazi monster.

Who chose these two? Why are 50 million people curled up on couches, wrapped around plastic bowls of popcorn while these terrible, inept, and heartless fools cough up lies and trivial asides? We reflect upon levels of dementia and Nazi wannabe evil as if they were existential givens. Of course we all must decide on November 5th which genocidaire we prefer, the one who bombed the children of Gaza or the one vowing to deport up to 20 million innocent people. Do we pick the one who can barely remember his own name or the guy with a swirling vortex of hatred orbiting his eyeballs?

Who in the press watched the debate and screamed “What the fuck?!” Which pundits ask the public to take to the streets and demand a do-over? This election is a farce – the dying throes of a criminal society, the death spasms of a plundering oligarchy that once devoured most of the world and now cannibalizes its own.

– Phil Wilson
Excerpted from “Nobody for President:
This Absurd Election Choice Should Have Us
Thundering in the Streets

Common Dreams
July 9, 2024

A new survey released Wednesday found that with days to go until former U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to be formally nominated as the GOP presidential candidate, a majority of Americans believe the far-right Project 2025 agenda represents what Trump stands for – and shows how a victory by the Republican would endanger people across the country.

The progressive messaging firm Navigator Research conducted the survey of 1,000 registered voters from June 20-24, with the goal of learning how Democrats and rights advocates should frame Project 2025 ahead of the November election.

The group found that opponents of the right-wing project, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, may have an uphill battle to ensure American voters are aware of the policy blueprint, which calls for a nationwide abortion ban, mass deportation of immigrants, the repeal of climate safety regulations, elimination of the Department of Educations and shrinking of other agencies, and consolidation of power within the presidency. The survey described Project 2025 as “a series of conservative policy proposals aimed at reshaping the executive branch of the federal government if a Republican is elected president in 2024,” and found that 77% of respondents had heard “little” or “nothing” about the agenda.

But after hearing two one-sentence descriptions of the plan – one in support and one opposing – the respondents opposed Project 2025 by an 18-point margin, with 49% in opposition.

Sixty-three percent of Americans surveyed said the agenda represents Trump’s policy priorities, even though the former president has taken pains to distance himself from Project 2025 in recent days, saying last week that he knows “nothing about” the plan and has “no idea who is behind it.” Nearly 90% of Democrats said they believe Project 2025 reflects the top priorities of Trump, who said late last year that he plans to be a dictator only on “Day One” of his second term, should he win the election. Sixty-two percent of independents and 42% of Republicans who do not identify with the MAGA movement led by the former president said Project 2025 represents Trump’s agenda.

The top concern expressed by respondents from across the political spectrum was that Project 2025 is “an unprecedented, extreme Republican plan that will fundamentally alter the American government, making Trump even more dangerous in a second term by granting him presidential powers like no president before him has ever had.”

Ian Smith, director of polling and analytics for Navigator Research, said the poll reflects that Americans were “concerned by the conservative push to consolidate presidential power around Trump” even before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that presidents have “absolute immunity” for actions they take in relation to their “official” duties.

“What’s behind the fears of how Project 2025 would change the presidency is what Trump would do with that power,” said Smith. “As Americans learn about the extreme anti-abortion, economic, and administrative policies proposed by Project 2025, independents almost universally oppose it, and even Republicans are divided on whether they support this vision for the country.”

Sixty-two percent of Americans said Project 2025 would have a negative effect on their family, including 70% of independents and nearly half of non-MAGA Republicans.

– Julia Conley
Excerpted from “Majority in U.S.
Say Project 2025 Is Exactly What Trump Represents

Common Dreams
July 10, 2024

Just stop with the “But Trump is worse so shut up” nonsense. Everyone, and I mean everyone calling for Biden to step down thinks Trump is worse. That’s WHY they want someone with a fighting chance of beating him. They are actually taking the threat of Trump MORE seriously.

– S.E. Cupp
via Instagram
July 10, 2024

Authoritarianism and Donald Trump aren’t the only threats our democracy faces. An arthritic status quo, unable or unwilling to respond to in any way to the concerns of voters, who just received new and urgent information about their candidate, also erodes confidence and faith in the system of government.

“Get on board or shut the fuck up” is not a particularly compelling pro-democracy bumper sticker.

– Jon Stewart
Excerpted from “Jon Stewart Examines Biden’s
Future Amidst Calls For Him to Drop Out

The Daily Show
July 8, 2024

Look at Project 2025, pay no attention to our zombie candidate” isn’t gonna fly. If the Dems actually wanna stop Project 2025, they need to find a new candidate. Immediately.

David Sirota
via Instagram
July 5, 2024

[Biden’s] doubling down is really frustrating Democrats on Capitol Hill and in his campaign. . . . There’s an overwhelming frustration at the fact that he has decided that, no matter what, he is not going to get out [of the race]. It’s almost Trumpian in the way Biden has decided it’s either him or the party is going to go down.

. . . [Biden has] almost taken the path of Republicans – [saying] no matter what, I’m not going to change; I’m not going to course-correct; I’m just going to double down. It’s worked for Republicans, and I think Biden’s taken a blueprint from it.

[The voices calling for Biden to step aside] are only going to grow. . . . And if Biden doesn’t do well then down-ticket [Democrats] don’t do well. And so democracy’s on the line. And this idea that it’s Biden or nothing risks everything – from a national abortion ban to the implementation of Project 2025.

– Michael Starr Hopkins
Excerpted from “Democratic Strategist Says
He Doesn’t Believe Joe Biden Will Be
the Nominee in November

CBC News
July 9, 2024

At the end of the day we’re going to have to take responsibility for this thing. We’ve got to stop out-sourcing the future of our country, the future of our democracy to politicians.

We’re going to have to take responsibility. And we have to understand that the choice may be between an “old” feeble man and a convicted felon, a crook, a fascist. We have to understand that and we have to do all the work that’s possible, all the work that is available to us to keep him out of office. And that is our responsibility. . . . At the end of the day it is our responsibility at the voting booth to save this country.

– Eddie Glaude Jr.
Excerpted from “Dems Privately Discuss
Replacing Biden on the Ticket

June 28, 2024

And finally, here’s the interview that ABC News Live did last night (7/9/24) with progressive Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. As a supporter of Marianne’s candidacy, I’m elated to finally see her being interviewed by a mainstream media outlet. It’s a solid 10-minute interview, one in which Marianne’s on fire! I hope it’s the first of many more appearances by this Cassandra of U.S. politics, as we sorely need her wisdom and clarity.

I conclude this post by sharing the following YouTube comments on Marianne’s interview.

• Just compare this with Joe Biden’s ABC interview. There’s no question who’s more qualified for President.

• This is the single most succinct and well-articulated reasoning behind why Biden should not run that I’ve heard yet. Props to Marianne!

• Marrianne has eloquently conveyed everything I think majority of us Americans are feeling. Democrats stop gaslighting your base.

• Thanks ABC for finally acting like the 4th estate and allowing Marianne Williamson on. Bring her back often and watch your ratings climb.

• The powerful distinction Marianne made here about people voting for false hope over no hope gave me chills. The depth, clarity, and implications of that statement are profound. Thank you, Marianne, for all that you bring to the table. Every single time. You are certainly offering hope in these unbelievable times.

• I appreciate the knowledge of history Marianne shares with us. I also applaud how she separates the Soul of the Democratic Party from the Machine of the Democratic Party.

• There’s a reason why the corporate political machine despises this lady.

• This woman has an impeccable understanding of PR and politics.

• Wow! A major network just remembered that Marianne exists. Better late than never.

• Marianne nails it, and she is a running candidate. She has my vote. This is what we the world needs: a strong and well-spoken candidate that can take Trump down in a minute.

• Thank you, Marianne, for continuing to tell it like it is, with compassion, conviction, and integrity – everything we need in a leader!

• Her ability to maintain control and concisely convey her message is a crucial leadership trait.

• Damn, that was impressive, Marianne!

• This may be the best response I’ve read or heard to this crisis over the last 10+ days! Speaking the truth of how so many of us are feeling right now. Bravo!

• In a perfect world, Biden would step down, and Williamson would take his place as the nominee.

• As a disillusioned Democrat appalled by the White House and the president’s lies and behavior, I can’t believe I’m actually sitting here considering voting for (writing-in) Marianna Williamson. Guess I’m going to become an independent now.

• I am an Independent who leans right in my beliefs so I will be voting for Donald Trump. But I can always appreciate someone from the opposing party at least being sensible in what they are saying, and that is what this woman is doing in this interview, so she at least has my respect.

• I’m a Trump supporter but if she’s on the ballot, I’d consider it.

• Marianne, you can defeat Trump! You will motivate, inspire, and bring hope to our country when we need it most. You are a serious candidate and the only one who speaks to the needs of the American people. I want to hear you at an open convention in August. We have time!

• Please give me the chance to vote for this person.

• Marianne for President!

Yes, Just Imagine

Related Off-site Links:
Biden Insists in Letter to Democrats and Live TV Interview He’s Staying in Race – Martin Pengelly (The Guardian, July 8, 2024).
Marianne Williamson Blasts Top Democrats Amid Concerns Over Biden's Age and Cognitive Health – Kyra Phillips, Isabella Meneses, and Isabella Murray (ABC News, July 9, 2024).
Biden Won’t Win With This Kind of Campaign – John Nichols (The Nation, July 8, 2024).
In a Democracy, No Leader Is Indispensable – Jeet Heer (The Nation, July 8, 2024).
If Biden “Must Step Aside,” Why Aren’t Democrats Filling the Streets to Demand It? – Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams, July 9, 2024).
Abortion Rights Defenders Say Don’t Be Fooled by GOP Platform Change – Jessica Corbett (Common Dreams, July 8, 2024).
Marianne Williamson: AOC’s Support for Biden Tied to Political AmbitionDan Abrams Live (July 9, 2024).
How to Replace Biden and Beat Trump: Longtime DNC Member Jim Zogby Proposes Process to Pick New NomineeDemocracy Now! (July 3, 2024).
What’s More Frail Than Joe Biden? American Democracy – Will Bunch (Common Dreams, July 3, 2024).
Project 2025 Architect Signals Bloodshed If Left Opposes Trump-Led “Revolution” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 3, 2024).
CNN Poll: Most Voters Think Democrats Have a Better Chance of Keeping White House If Biden Isn’t the Nominee – Jennifer Agiesta and Ariel Edwards-Levy (CNN Politics, July 2, 2024).
“Something Needs to Happen” – Democratic Voters on Replacing Biden – Ana Faguy (BBC World News, July 2, 2024).
“These Are Not Just Threats”: Rep. Ayanna Pressley on Project 2025 and the Dangers of a Second Trump TermDemocracy Now! (June 28, 2024).
“Trump Is the Nominee. Fascism Is on the Ballot”: Author Jeff Sharlet on New Hampshire and BeyondDemocracy Now! (January 24, 2024).
“American Fascism”: Historian Rick Perlstein on Trump’s Grip on the GOP and the Chances of a Second January 6Democracy Now! (January 22, 2024).

UPDATES: Amid Debates Over Fitness for Office, 63% of Voters Find Biden and Trump Embarrassing – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 11, 2024).
Two-Thirds of Americans Want Biden to Drop Out – Chris Walker (TruthOut, July 11, 2024).
Urging Biden to Step Aside, Sen. Peter Welch Warns “Peril to Democrats Is Escalating” – Jake Johnson (Common Dreams, July 11, 2024).
Blue MAGA Falls Into Line – Eoin Higgins (TruthDig, July 11, 2024).
Should Biden Step Aside? Wajahat Ali and Norman Solomon Debate Democratic Options for 2024 RaceDemocracy Now! (July 11, 2024).
As Biden Urged to Drop Out, Democrats Plan “Mega-Poll” on Nominating Process – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 11, 2024).
Biden Says He’s “Determined on Running” as Calls to Step Aside Grow – Deepa Shivaram and Tamara Keith (NPR News, July 11, 2024).
Like Biden, NATO Is Unfit to Lead – Medea Benjamin (Common Dreams, July 12, 2024).
After Biden’s Debate Performance, the Presidential Race Is Unchanged – Domenico Montanaro (NPR News, July 12, 2024).
In Rare News Conference, Biden Vows to Stay in Race, Defending Record on Ukraine, NATO and More: A RoundtableDemocracy Now! (July 12, 2024).
“Genocidal Man” vs. “Fascist Man”: RNC Protesters Decry 2024 Choices, Call for JusticeDemocracy Now! (July 16, 2024).
65% of Democratic Voters Want Biden to Step Aside: Poll – Brett Wilkins (Common Dreams, July 17, 2024).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Norman Solomon: Quote of the Day – June 28, 2024
Something to Think About – June 28, 2024
A New Beginning
Will We Let Fascism Come to America?
Marianne Williamson on What Democrats Need to Do to Inspire Voters and Counter the “Hotbed of Grievances That Donald Trump is Offering”
Marianne Williamson on NewsNation – 7/7/24
Liberal/Centrist/Corporatist Democrats Have Just Launched “Left Punching” Season
AOC Falls in Line
The Democrats Challenging Biden
Thoughts on Cornel West’s Presidential Run
Voters, Not the DNC, Should Choose the Nominee
Norman Solomon and the Speech That Biden Should Give
Sabrina Salvati: Quote of the Day – January 2, 2024
Robert Reich: Quote of the Day – April 11, 2023
Jeff Sharlet on the Fascist Ideology of Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene
Marianne Williamson: “We Must Challenge the Entire System”
Chauncey Devega on the Ongoing Danger of the Trump Cult and the Wider Specter of American Fascism
Jelani Cobb: Quote of the Day – September 4, 2022
Historian Nancy MacLean: The Threat to American Democracy Is at “Red-Alert”
“Come for the Racism, Stay for the Autocracy”
Heather Cox Richardson: It’s Up to Us to Prove That Democracy Is Still a Viable Form of Government
Bernie Sanders: “Now Is the Time to Make Democracy Work”
Michael Starr Hopkins: Quote of the Day – May 6, 2022
Cornel West on Responding to the “Spiritual Decay That Cuts Across the Board”
Ralph Nader: Quote of the Day – January 20, 2022
“How Can One Overreact to a Mortal Threat to American Democracy?”
A Deeper Perspective on What’s Really Attacking American Democracy
Republicans Pose an “Existential Threat” to American Democracy
Will Democrats Never Learn?
Hamilton Nolan: Quote of the Day – August 3, 2021
Norman Solomon: Quote of the Day – July 8, 2021
The Republican Party in a Nutshell
David Sirota: Quote of the Day – January 26, 2021
Cornel West: Quote of the Day – December 3, 2020