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'Classic Case of Crisis Opportunism': Republicans in Three States Introduce Bills Criminalizing Protest in Wake of Capitol Attack

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/13/classic-case-crisis-opportunism-republicans-three-states-introduce-bills

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Never waste a good crisis. Just wait until Biden announces the Democrats response but neither party is interested in addressing the fundamental reasons for these protests - a economic system that is failing all of us.

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This is what fascists do – use any opportunity to ignore the facts, fail to address root causes of social issues, and scapegoat others with their own versions of the truth (I’m also talking about fascists in media and faux-academia, such as at Fox Broadcasting, Breitbart, Epoch Times, Heritage Foundation, Brookings Institution, American Legislative Exchange Council). Apparently, Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin have lots of fans in U. S. and state government as well as academia. Countryrds is correct that Biden’s response will likely be another pig, just one with better makeup.

For all the paranoid and misinformed out there who condemn socialism – a responsible human-oriented approach to myriad social and environmental issues – who condemn those of us who demand government take care of human needs first and foremost, how’s that capitalism thing working out for you? It looks like a gateway to fascist totalitarianism to me.

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ALEC has been a very busy boy.

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The rich say, don’t rock the boat it works for me. The poor, the sick and the mentally ill played their cards wrong. I’ve been chosen to be rich. Some even say “Jesus blessed me by trusting me with the wealth i own”. We are told to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps while they rake in billions in public welfare for the rich and government subsidies in the tune of trillions.

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Simple: Whitelash once again. Just watch even a little the Impeachment proceedings and you will see. The GOP is out to punish protests such as BLM and have all but said so. Praises heaped on Trump for the so called economic “miracle”, never mind the actual loss of jobs. Jim Jordan was his usual mendacious self. Every faulty argument must be unequivocally challenged.

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I watched some of the debate live. I didn’t hear any good speakers.

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Only CRIMINAL outlaws protest to OUTLAW criminalization!

Yeah, I’m waiting to see mass strikes, eviction protests & squatting and mass rallies against 1099ing former W4 “employees” once folks realize, this just ain’t going to work & what’s been done to us, is also happening to MOST poor workers & both parties are simply feeding “essentials” to a virus, lying to us all and colluding with business, media to keep profits up and vastly increase disparity, by indenturing survivors while flipping victims’ homes? Rant, RAVE, snif…

~https://www.sciencefocus.com/science/coronavirus-misunderstandings-muge-cevik/

~https://www.mintpressnews.com/saint-anthony-fauci-the-hidden-history/274224/

~https://thegrayzone.com/2021/01/12/chaos-agent-right-wing-us-capitol-riot-black-lives-matter/

~https://www.axios.com/ceos-fourth-branch-government-trump-7eee851f-0027-4bfa-a2c0-58ec254e2dbe.html

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“American Abyss”: Fascism Historian Tim Snyder on Trump’s Coup Attempt, Impeachment & What’s Next

~https://www.democracynow.org/2021/1/13/capitol_insurrection_historian_timothy_snyder

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1st amendment rights only exist for Republicans, white Republicans.

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For a VERY long time in the individual States. ALEC has a huge hold on the legislature in Oregon. This is one of the reasons that the people and the environment can’t have nice things…

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It occurs to me that most of the people in the US don’t even have boots, let alone boot straps to pull on.

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Yeah maybe so but a trip to the holly wal-mart and you can come out with a pair of the synthetic leather boots on the cheap that’ll make your feet soak in sweat to the point of stinking jock itch sores and worse.

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Oh, you mean “Vegan Leather”, the latest euphemism for “Man Made”.

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And half of those can’t differentiate between their left foot and their right foot.

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One more time.
Now pay attention, wannabe authoritarians… “Those were NOT protesters!” “That was NOT a protest in any way, shape, or form!”
How dare you use that violent mob/riot, who came armed & to do harm, all wound up with anger & believing the flat-out lies of Trump & right-wing propaganda calling itself “news”. The Liar-In-Chief has been feeding this crap & building it up for months!
They think they are “Patriots”, SAVING this Country…& have no clue that they are working for the REAL ENEMY of American freedom & democracy!
They are totally hoodwinked by the ultimate con artist & his band of fascist GOP Congressional thugs & sidekicks, who have sold-out to that evil man in WH. There’s a serious power-grab going on here, for ALL the power & the violent mobs are being used, abused, as pawns in the “killing democracy” game! But, Trump calls them Patriots & says they’re “special”, that they’re doing great things. And all the nasty stuff he accuses the other side of doing is what Trump & GOP are doing. While Trump plays “poor me” victim, which he would NEVER be. His pawns are played & sacrificed for “the cause”. (We all know the rich don’t get their own hands dirty!)
Even if Dem Party grew a spine & fought back now, it’s too late. Trump has been manipulating & brainwashing these guys for years, in prep for this time.
We may know this. They do not. They actually believe election was “stolen” by imaginary fraud & don’t care that courts threw Trump’s cases out, or that their leader does NOT have a single bit of actual evidence ~ Can’t prove big fat lies, but if you repeat them loud enuff, certain people will believe them anyway.
80 busloads of rioters & believers can’t be wrong? Right? Wrong!
There is no happy ending to this. Plenty of victims & more violence to come. The large mob of angry people that Trump riled up with lies & bullshit, then sent his angry mob to the Capitol to STOP Congress from certifying the true election results, WILL BE BACK. The GOP in houses of Congress aren’t going to do anything to piss Trump off, cuz’ they fear for their lives & their families. In these years of enabling Trump, they created a monster they now cannot control!
How this will all end, I don’t know. But it won’t be anything we’ve gone thru before & Trump guarantees that it won’t be pretty. The monster & his GOP cohorts have NO MORALS between them.
Keep speaking truth – we can’t give up! And hang on – bumpy ride has just begun!
If you believe in God, a power greater than ourselves, then PRAY ~ we need that help!!!

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we DO NOT need more laws --we need the law makers to enforce the laws ALREADY on the books–this is just an attempt to divert attention away from their own treason with their support of the insurrection against the US government

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