At last! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved both the vaccines to fight of the COVID-19, from Pfizer-BioNTech (https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine) and Moderna (https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/moderna-covid-19-vaccine) . I of course am overjoyed about this. The first recipients of the vaccines will be medical workers-nurses, EMTs, and ambulance drivers, then residents in senior living facilities.
Unfortunately, there have been snafus in the distribution of the vaccine, with some states getting fewer than they were told they would get. (https://www.alternet.org/2020/12/vaccine-2649560534/) I hope those errors will be cleared up SOON, so that people can get their vaccines and we can begin to end this nightmare the nation has gone through-due to the incompetence of out alleged “president,” and his crew of racists and thieves. Let us call out Congress-members and Senators to demand that the vaccines be distributed fairly and safely to all jurisdictions.
How’s this? Paul Alexander, an official with t—p’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had the bright idea of allowing the Coronavirus to spread among low-income people, as if they can just catch the virus and become immune-the notion of “herd immunity.” (https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/530490-trump-official-pushed-for-herd-immunity-calling-for-low-risk-americans-to) (https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/-we-want-them-infected-chris-hayes-on-emails-revealing-truth-of-trump-covid-plan-97881669925?fbclid=IwAR0Rk4WA70eXSvNYo0ur3OckQSNCb_idrxNzZh5Ajw1nLrRekNZttesQ0fo) That idea is NO strategy at all; it stems from the idea that low-income people are expendable and can be thrown whatever garbage-political, intellectual, and physical-the ruling elite decide to dump on us. It also shows the unwillingness of this regime to do anything about the virus, including outright denial of its existence.
More great news-the Electoral College votes have officially been counted, confirming Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. (https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-270-electoral-college-vote-d429ef97af2bf574d16463384dc7cc1e) I do worry about what influences he will have, due to the long-standing pro-corporate and anti-worker tendency the Democratic party has taken under Bill Clinton, and which has continued (with all due respect) under Barrack Obama. Our work is not finished; we have to push Biden and all the other Democratic officials towards a pro-worker, pro-low-income policy, benefiting working Americans.
But alas, there are still those who refuse to accept the reality of t—p’s defeat, particularly the racist-fascist elements that has lingered on the edges of politics and the internet, now emboldened to terrorize those they hate.
Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney-General, file a suit with the Supreme court to invalidate the electoral results in the battleground states t—p lost-Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. (https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/10/politics/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-supreme-court-case/index.html) Signing onto the suit were 17 Republican state attorneys-general, and 120 Republican Congress-members. (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/us/politics/trump-texas-supreme-court-lawsuit.html) (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/12/11/126-house-republicans-now-support-lawsuit-to-overturn-election-in-updated-brief/?sh=2dcd75a8e5db) Fortunately, the Supreme Court-including t—p’s appointees Barrett, Cavanaugh, and Gorsuch-refused to hear this petition. Paxton has his own legal issues, such as charges of securities fraud and bribery; perhaps that makes him the perfect representative of t—p. This shows how conservatives and Republicans truly feel about “democracy,” that it works so long as THEY get in power, but they do everything to prevent their opponents from voting, with such devices as voter ID laws and locating polling stations in inaccessible places. They believe that only THEY can rule the country, and their opponents are usurpers falsely attaining power, and enemies to be vanquished.
Bill Pascrell, Congressman from New Jersey, is pushing a bill to prevent those 120 republican Congress-members from being sworn in the next session. This is based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution-the same Constitution those Congress-members and Paxton swore to uphold- passed after the Civil War, to prevent former Confederate officeholders, who were previously members of Congress, from entering the Congress again, after they tried to fight against the United States government and secede from the Union, to defend their precious system of chattel slavery. (https://www.rawstory.com/2020/12/democrat-wants-to-use-civil-war-law-about-traitors-to-ban-126-republicans-from-being-seated-in-congress/) The section reads:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” To Republicans and conservatives, patriotism is relative; they’re loyal to the country if it suits their purposes, and bolsters their power and privilege. IF the lower orders, the people they oppressed previously, attain some control of the country, they will abandon the government, since it no longer serves them.
On that same weekend, there was a march in Washington by the Proud Boys, one of the leading right-wing militias in the country; they assaulted counter-protestors, and burned the “Black Lives Matter” signs of two historic African-American churches. The theme was to try to keep t—p in office, and urge him not to leave, as part of t—p’s myth that he really won the election. Speakers at the rally included Alex Jones, the conspiracy-crazy webcaster; Sebastian Gorka, the former t—p advisor and Islamophobe; and Michael Flynn, former t—p National Security Advisor. (https://nypost.com/2020/12/12/proud-boys-anti-trump-protesters-tangle-in-dc-as-daytime-rallies-end/) (https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/12/12/trump-march-brings-thousands-dc-ahead-electoral-college-vote/3882935001/)
Biden, with all due respect, shouldn’t bother to try to “meet half way” or “reach across the aisle” to these people. They will perpetuate the “stolen election” fable, pretending that he really isn’t President, as part of their habit of treating anyone other than a conservative or a Republican as aa pretender to the throne. After decades of racially-motivated rhetoric about “welfare queens” and “law and order”; after the Citizens United decision from the supreme Court, ending limits on campaign contributions from corporations, thereby corrupting both parties; after a media system, including Fox News and Rush Limbaugh passing off misinformation as news, with Newsmax and OANN joining the team; after big-money donors paying millions to deny the science behind fossil-fuel based pollution; after people, under the guise of religion, fight for the right to discriminate against racial and sexual minorities- how can we reason with tem?
The old liberal idea of “all classes and factions coming together for the good of the nation” has died; conservatives look at compromise and discussion as signs of weakness. We must go to the streets, to the grassroots, to our neighborhoods, to fight for the change we need in this country. That is what has created change for the better and not back-room dealing.
These lunatic elements are the people t—p is listening to, in his fear of losing the Presidency and the immunity from prosecution that’s supposed t go with it. (But is that “immunity” rooted in law, or is it just “custom?”) One of these is Mike Flynn, former Army general and former National Security Advisor, convicted of lying about his Russia connections, and pardoned by t—p, posted on Twitter a message from the We The People Coalition, a far-right group in Ohio, calling of t—p to declare “limited” martial law, and the military supervise a new election, one skewed towards older white voters, or else the group would “take matters into our own hands and defend our rights on our own.” (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/michael-flynn-martial-law-new-election_n_5fc7d3e6c5b6f3fe59724a45) This is a call for the overthrow of the government, also called sedition; but I’m afraid Flynn would get the kid gloves and light sentence that extremists on the right always get when they threaten violence, like the Proud Boys and the terrorists who have threatened to kill election officials for the “crime” of accurately counting the votes of the American people.
This is the fight on our hands; as I said, we must continue to hold ALL of our elected officials accountable, from President on down. We must be conscious of the forces arrayed against us that would take away our freedom to preserve their privilege, and of our power, and the history of protest in this country. We can do it, because we’ve been able to do it so far.
Stay safe, stay strong, and stay together! Enjoy your holidays! America will be free!
Happy New Year!