June 2020 Open Thread

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  1. dL

    UPDATE: Trump invokes Insurrection Act to suppress national unrest

    Shit, maybe it would be good thing now if people had some of those private nukes

    #militaryDictatorship

  2. paulie

    Robert Kraus
    10 mins

    OMFG THIS IS INSANE! They attacked PEACEFUL PROTESTERS who are always in Lafayette Park 365/24/7 with rubber bullets, tear gas & mace grenades so King Orange the Idiot could march with a bunch of WHITE MEN and give an asinine speech!?! This was before the curfew BTW when they were allowed to be there. BULLY! And surrounded by military vehicles like some little general! OUTRAGEOUS! He’s just asking for a riot!

  3. Losty

    Paulie,

    Another reason there may be only one vote this year.

    We may never have another vote again, if we get this one…

    But maybe it’s just me. I mean, If can’t Get SO Bad Can it?

    I mean, We’ve heard that before, haven’t we?

  4. paulie

    From a friend: Soooooo….
    The Orange Fuehrer declares if you’re anti-fascist, you’re a terrorist. Then deploys the military INSIDE the U.S.

    P: And I would add threatens to shut down twitter. And goes to his bunker, like Adolf…

  5. paulie

    JBH to LNC:
    Here in DC just prior to tonight’s 7pm curfew taking effect, they used
    mounted police, tear gas, and flashbangs to clear peaceful demonstrators
    out of Lafayette Park, pushing the crowd back a block. The President
    then walked through the park to have a photo op moment in front of St.
    John’s Church, then returned to the White House.

    Here’s a video of a cameraman being manhandled out of the park:
    https://twitter.com/benyc/status/1267587033783992322

  6. paulie

    JBH to LNC:

    Secretary of Defense Esper on a call with governors: “I think the sooner
    that you mass and dominate the battlespace, the quicker this dissipates
    and we can get back to the right normal.”

    This is how the U.S. Government is now describing its own citizens.

  7. paulie

    Tim Cox shared a post.
    6 hrs

    Some perspective from Jo regarding the events of the last week.
    Jo Jorgensen
    16 hrs

    The Insurrection Act of 1807 states that it can only be enacted when states have exhausted their own resources. President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act nationwide, even without the express consent of state governors. This is unconstitutional.

    As President, I would never deploy American troops on our own soil. States and localities can, and should, engage in deescalation tactics to calm the situation and come to a solution within their own communities.

    Property destruction and violence against innocent people is wrong. I fully support the right of individuals to protect themselves, and their property with our second amendment right to bear arms.

    It is important to understand how we came to this point; The militarized police response to what were initially peaceful, first amendment protected protests. Well documented excessive force was shown to non-violent protesters all across the country. In some cities, deescalation tactics were used in place of riot gear, chemical weapons, and use of force. In those cities, violence and looting is practically nonexistent.

    We all want quick and peaceful solutions to the current crisis. End qualified immunity, require law enforcement to carry liability insurance to price bad officers out of a job, end victimless crime laws, reduce negative police interactions with communities. All of these are practical, yet highly effective ways to start real change.

    You don’t end riots that were caused by excessive force with even more force.
    #VoteGold

  8. dL

    The Hitler photo is photoshopped. It also bears pointing out the Sinclair Lewis quote is spurious, too. But, you know, that Trump photo is definitely authentic.

  9. paulie

    The photo may be. I don’t remember using a Sinclair Lewis quote, although I’m pretty sure I know which one you mean. The spirit of it is accurate, I think. And Hitler did in fact use religion to bamboozle people much as Trump has. I don’t think either one was or is a genuine believer though.

  10. dL

    The spirit of it is accurate

    yes, that’s what I meant by the Trump photo being authentic

    And Hitler did in fact use religion to bamboozle people much as Trump has. I don’t think either one was or is a genuine believer though.

    Of course. Germany is the birthplace of protestant Christianity, after all.

  11. George Phillies

    For those interested in the Libertarian National Committee, Caryn Anne Harlos just put forth a motion to impeach and remove (“suspend” is the bylaws phrase) Nick Sarwark as LNC chair.

  12. paulie

    So far we have mainly been discussing that at https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2020/05/open-thread-for-libertarian-presidential-nomination-2020/ but I put this up and asked for people to submit their write-ups and or editorials on LNC goings on https://independentpoliticalreport.com/2020/06/repost-lnc-transparency-tutorial-with-caryn-ann-harlos/
    If anyone is interested in writing up a news article(s) about some of that or submitting an editorial about it see the About IPR link at the top of the page for our contact info and let us know or leave a comment on the website version of this story’s comment section.”

  13. dL

    Man, when did krist novoselic turn fascist? Last time I checked, he was interviewed at Reason about leaning libertarian after essentially being a life long democrat. Now he is spitting fire about “leftists” and praising Trump’s Benito act. Btw, Kennedy’s gone Benito, too.

    #declarationOfBenitos

  14. paulie

    It seems to be an infectious disease, like coronavirus. It seems to mostly affect the brain, at least as far as I have been able to notice.

  15. Bondurant

    Seems to me to be more anti-Democrat than pro-Trump. The left is turning more and more people off. I know a lot of Trump voters. Many of whom were in battleground states and likely Hillary voters until gun owners were called “basket of deplorables”.

    The current lefty mantra is “if you disagree with us about literally anything…you are a racist”. This is going to sink them in November.

    I hope there’s a silver lining for the LP in this. Back-to-back elections with the two most undesirable candidates surely will see people tuning out. Hopefully these folks opt for LP protest votes.

  16. paulie

    Seems to work for me now. If others are still having trouble, my contact info is in the about ipr tab at the top, let me know.

  17. robert capozzi

    NAP and L extremist favorite John McAfee will be on the next Adam Carolla podcast.

  18. NewFederalist

    Why? Another Working Families Party? Would this party be willing to erode Democratic votes and actually elect Republicans? Tricky business especially with a voting bloc that breaks 90% Democratic.

  19. Jared

    Even if a BLM or Black Independent Party were miraculously to achieve widespread ballot access and the U.S. suddenly adopted preferential voting and a multi-party system, without proportional representation, no party focused on such a narrow set of issues would stand a chance in federal elections.

    Moreover, any party established to promote the collective interests of a particular race is just asking to be overtaken by militant racists and ethnic nationalists.

  20. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    no party focused on such a narrow set of issues would stand a chance in federal elections.

    I disagree. There are black majority districts: Congressional, Assembly, State Senate, City Council. A BLM Party could motivate blacks to come out in large numbers, as they did for Obama, and win in such districts.

  21. Ryan

    “Even if a BLM or Black Independent Party were miraculously to achieve widespread ballot access and the U.S. suddenly adopted preferential voting and a multi-party system, without proportional representation, no party focused on such a narrow set of issues would stand a chance in federal elections.”

    There are a lot of majority black drawn districts around the country where the Republicans are not competitive. Johnson’s comment is pretty much the Congressional Black Caucus should become its own political party.

    They could start in Memphis where it rankles some locals their elected representative to Congress is Steven Cohen. Although to be realistic for a minute, blacks are only going to leave the Democrats if the Democrats give them a reason. A Buttigieg or Sanders nomination it’d be more likely than Obama’s Vice President.

  22. Jared

    Ryan: “You sadden me that this new party opposes the Article V Convention.”

    Not what I would expect from a party of this kind. I’d be interested to hear their reasoning.

  23. J.R. Myers

    We do not believe that such a convention could be limited in scope or purpose. The Constitution already allows amendments, why trash the whole thing? It would be an unwise, irrevocable and misguided venture. Let’s work with what was given to us through much sacrifice.

  24. Jared

    JR: “We do not believe that such a convention could be limited in scope or purpose.”

    This is likely true.

    “The Constitution already allows amendments, why trash the whole thing?”

    The purpose of a such a convention is for the States to propose new amendments, not to scrap the U.S. Constitution and go back to the drawing board. It’s called an “Article V” convention for a reason. The Constitution expressly authorizes it.

  25. paulie

    The stated purpose is one thing but the constitution came out of a convention which was supposed to amend the articles of confederation, not scrap them. That could easily happen again. Even if the constitution is not scrapped completely there’s no telling what amendments get added in a convention. It’s not likely to stay limited by what gets discussed before it starts and can go way off the rails easily.

    I’m Not surprised by their position, btw.

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