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The Now-undeniably-failed Reagan Revolution

This is the historian I've been mentioning to you - Heather Cox Richarson December 30, 2020 (Wednesday) And so, we are at the end of a year that has brought a presidential impeachment trial, a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 338,000 of us, a huge social movement for racial justice, a presidential election, and a president who has refused to accept the results of that election and is now trying to split his own political party. It’s been quite a year. But I had a chance to talk with history podcaster Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers yesterday, and he asked a more interesting question. He pointed out that we are now twenty years into this century, and asked what I thought were the key changes of those…
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With us from the beginning – GOP/Republican Underlying Motivation

Counted out: Trump's desperate fight to stop the minority vote How Republicans applied old school racism to new demographics, and lost by Gary Younge In March 1965, ABC interrupted a showing of its Sunday-night movie – Judgment at Nuremberg, a courtroom drama about Nazi war crimes – to show shocking footage from Selma, Alabama, where mostly Black protesters were being beaten bloody by mounted police with billy clubs as they tried to cross Edmund Pettus bridge into the city, demanding the right to vote. John Lewis, then just 25 years old, led the way. “I can’t count the number of marches I have participated in in my lifetime, but there was something peculiar about this one,” he wrote in his memoir, Walking With the Wind. “It was more than disciplined. It…
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An American Hero

To form a more perfect union - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/01/white-supremacist-protest-activism-emily-gorcenski and - https://first-vigil.com/
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How to be Anti-Racist

How to stay safe online while supporting BLM: https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/support-black-lives-matter-online/ “In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ___ Angela Davis “One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.”  __ Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist     The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.        __Ijeoma Oluo        more Black bodies fall into the bag of my heart continuous rage __Tasha K Anti-racism…
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Why the USA is in Decline and in Trouble

America, a Theory by Harvey Mudd https://harvey-mudd.com/america-a-theory/ This commentary will be my last. These somewhat rambling—and often too long—essays have had the purpose of helping me think through the present American crisis. I want now, for reasons of my mental and spiritual health—I am 80 years old—to return to the sort of writing I think I do better than analytic prose. In the words that follow, I’ve tried to pull together a number of the diverse threads I’ve been following in the past 26 issues—political, historical, psychological, philosophical—and weave them into a theory about what has happened to America. In past issues, I focused, too much I now realize, on Trump—it has been like watching a boa constrictor crush and consume a goat,  fascinating but horrible. I believe now that…
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The Unraveling of America

Vox America’s crisis of trust and the one candidate who gets it Rebuilding social and political trust requires procedural reforms that don’t excite voters. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Feb 27, 2020, 2:30pm EST Share this story Share this on Facebook (opens in new window) Share this on Twitter (opens in new window) SHAREAll sharing options A reformist, overshadowed by a revolutionary. Win McNamee/Getty Images The biggest problem facing US democracy did not come up at the Democratic debate in Charleston this week. It hasn’t really been discussed in the election at all. But it lurks behind all the more specific issues, an unwelcome presence no one quite wants to acknowledge. It is simply this: The US is in a period of declining social and political trust. Americans increasingly think the system is rigged and that their fellow citizens don’t necessarily…
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Still Hope for the USA

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/james-comey-trump-wont-be-removed-but-well-be-fine/2020/01/31/95816ca0-4460-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html James Comey: Trump won’t be removed. But we’ll be fine. When I was a little kid, the United States seemed to be coming apart. The president was murdered in public. The first lady had his blood on her pink suit. Then the man who killed the president was murdered, also in public. Earlier that same year, four black girls in Birmingham, Ala., were killed by a racist bomb attack during Sunday school. Then Malcolm X was assassinated. Then Martin Luther King Jr. Then the murdered president’s brother, who was a senator and likely to be the next president. Our cities were torn by riots and fires. Troops were deployed — at least those who weren’t half a world away in Vietnam, being killed by the thousands in a war…
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Community Playground

Origins 517 Carnival from Yemm & Hart's Origins Patterns collection has recently been used in New York City by May + Watkins Design. Follow this link to see the playground and learn more about the design company - http://maywatkinsdesign.com/childrens-museums/community-playground/ [caption id="attachment_1706" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Origins 517 Carnival[/caption]
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