There’s a lot more to people not going back to work yet — the right doesn’t want you to know that

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There’s enough uncertainty around these days to drive us all crazy. But there’s one thing you can count on as sure as the rising sun: The GOP’s continued assault on the character of the American people. To hear them tell it, we’re nothing but a bunch of lazy, entitled takers.

In case you haven’t heard, we’re slowly coming out of the worst pandemic in a century. Our lives have been turned upside down in every which way imaginable. Lives were lost, people got sick, kids couldn’t go to school. On and on I could go. …


Free speech is not absolute, especially when democracy nearly died on January 6, 2021

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Here’s hoping the Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) does the right thing tomorrow and keeps the indefinite ban on the disgraced former president. American democracy eagerly awaits the decision.

For those of you who might not know it, Facebook created the Board to weigh in on certain moderation decisions made by the company and make sure that those decisions were “made according to its stated values.” Whatever decision they reach tomorrow cannot be overruled — even by Zuckerburg himself.

The Former Guy is seeking reinstatement of his Facebook and Instagram accounts. Currently, his accounts on YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitter remain suspended…


And they specifically mention the January 6 insurrection in America. Will we listen?

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When two former Prime Ministers from one of the leading democracies in the world sound the alarm about Fox News, and specifically, the sprawling media empire of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, it’s time our elected politicians in America stop sitting on their asses and do something.

While Fox has been spewing its brand of hate, division, and lies over here for decades now, in some ways, it’s comforting to know that it’s not just happening over here. Australia, too is suffering from the same infection. …


Meanwhile, the Insane Party pays homage to the guy who incited the insurrection

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One of the more prevailing narratives over the past several years by the mainstream media is how the Democratic Party is always in disarray. To hear some of them, you’d think Democrats can never agree on anything.

A recent article by Jeff Stein in The Washington Post drives home the idea by pointing out that there are differences in opinion between Senator Bernie Sanders in the Senate and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on how Democrats should move forward on health care.

Sanders has been a vocal advocate of Medicare for All, a government-run health care system where every citizen in…


But so is the cultural and right-wing media obsession with guns

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In 2008, during his rough and tumble presidential primary campaign against Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama got into some trouble at a fundraising event when he made these comments about working-class voters:

“They get bitter; they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Clinton, of course, nailed him for the comment, hoping to resurrect her campaign. And Republicans were all over him as well, but that’s no surprise. …


When traveling to Delaware is news, the new guy must be doing something right

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The mainstream media’s bored. I can imagine what it must be like for them. No longer can they start their day’s news cycle by elevating an insulting tweet, an abundance of lies, or some other kind of moral outrage.

I get it. It’s the same for me these days. I wake up now, grab a cup of coffee and see what’s happening in the news. By my second cup, I’m still maintaining my sanity and my blood pressure. …


His impoverished state is reeling, but Senator Manchin must see something the rest of us do not

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One Senator from West Virginia is getting lots of attention these days. Over the last week, we saw the sausage-making legislative process rear its ugly head in the Senate. But finally, on Saturday, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act was passed by a 50–49 strictly partisan vote. That’s right, not one Republican voted for the bill.

But the fact the bill was partisan is no shock. We knew going in that Republicans were not going to vote for it, no matter what the Democrats proposed — unless, of course, they lowered it so much that a couple of GOP members…


President Biden breaks Democratic norms by staking his claim firmly on the side of labor

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Could we see a resurgence of unions in America? If Sunday’s pronouncement from President Biden is any indication, that indeed could be coming to fruition.

At 8:01 p.m., Biden posted his speech on Twitter where he took the side of labor in the union election in Bessemer, Alabama, at the Amazon warehouse that currently employs around 6,000 workers. While he didn’t mention Amazon by name, nor did he tell the employees how they should vote, he reminded those workers that they had every right to vote their conscience.

He also made sure to put Amazon management on notice that “there…


What would a Trump third party look like? Certainly not like the one Roosevelt started in 1912

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Imagine a scenario where an ex-president broke away from his political party to form a new and exciting one based on reforming democracy as we know it. Things like standing up to corporations, providing health care to all Americans, guaranteed employment, and protecting senior citizens with a form of social insurance to guard against poverty.

Now imagine another scenario. However, this involves an ex-president who also breaks away from his party, but his platform is nowhere near the same as the first example. …


Relevant news and facts be damned

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Last week, MSNBC covered the arrival of murdered Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s remains that were to lie in state at the Capitol rotunda. A short memorial service followed, attended by many of his fellow officers, members of Congress, President Biden, and his wife, Jill.

Curious, I switched over to CNN to see if they were covering the ceremony, which they were indeed doing. Then I got even more ambitious and decided to see what was happening over at Fox News. …

Jeff Marzick

Freelance writer/blogger living in the Pacific Northwest. You can also follow me at my blog: onthefencevoters.com

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