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Actor And Activist Rob Reiner Predicts The End Of Democracy If Donald Trump Is Not Indicted For Backing The Efforts Of An Insurrection Against Our Government. He Poses The Question, “Does The Majority Of Americans Want To Get Back To Truth And The Rule Of Law?” The Far- Right Wing Of The Republican Party Clearly Doesn’t, As It Is Doubling Down On The Strategies Of Spreading Hyperbolic Lies And Sowing Fear, Hatred And Lawlessness To Win Votes. Without Truth, Decency, And Cohesiveness Between The Two Major Political Parties, Democracy Will End.

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Reiner’s message on Twitter and MSNBC today was simple: “It is not about whether you support Republicans or Democrats. It’s about whether you support democracy over autocracy.” The vilification of democrats, independents, and non-MAGA Republicans by the far-right wing of the GOP is weakening the chances for democracy to survive. The presidency of Donald Trump took what was a stagnant tumor under the surface of our politics ( the alt-right) and created a metastasized cancer that, if not aggressively fought, will cause the death of many Americans and our democracy. There is an enormous amount of undeniable evidence that it was Trump and his opportunist, corrupt surrogates that tried to steal the election. To hide the plots of inserting fake electors, tampering with voting machines, and asking election officials to change votes in his favor, Trump wrote the script of rigging the election against him.

Reiner stressed the danger of Trump getting away with inciting the insurrection. He is expressing concerning beliefs about Trump’s inappropriate, secretive relationship with Russia and Putin. In the book, The Plot To Destroy Democracy by Malcom Nance, Vladimir Putin’s strategies to destroy America’s democracy is analyzed in chilling detail. The publisher explains:

In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made president of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election – and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union, and western democracy. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to re-engineer the world political order that has kept most of the world free since 1945.”  

Mr. Reiner tweets tirelessly about the one point crucial to the survival of democracy. Using Trump’s manipulative technique of repeating statements over and over again to influence peoples views, Reiner posts over and over again two three tweets:

  • ” A vote for a Republican is a vote to end democracy.”
  • “Every day that goes by with Donald Trump not being indicted for leading a deadly insurrection to overthrow the United States Government takes us one day closer to ending democracy.”
This illustration was a foreshadowing of Trump’s level of corruption that would lead to the Jan. 6th insurrection. The criminal investigations involving Donald Trump are pervasive, corrupt and driven by the ex-presidents pathological relationship with power and money. At this point in our political dialogue, Trump addicts sound gullible and uneducated when they argue these countless investigations are unfounded witch hunts. Even one investigation like any of those illustrated in this chart sparks suspicion about a person’s character and integrity. The issues involved in these investigations show a flagrant violation the rule of law, a disregard for fair business practices, and a disrespect for the feelings and well- being of others. The election of a person so tainted by his associations with criminals, with a track record for not paying taxes and debts, and a pervasive pattern of lying and gaslighting lowers the integrity of America.

However, Reiner had another tweet this week that sent a hopeful message for democracy: DEMOCRACY WINS!

France repudiated far-right candidate for president Marine Le Pen and re-elected Emmanuel Macron by a wide margin. Additionally, Ukraine is successfully fighting for the survival of its democracy against Russia’s brutal invasion. Thankfully, the ” big lie” roadshow is playing to smaller, less enthusiastic crowds. The fledgling Republican party is doing damage control daily on the scandals of Marjorie Taylor Greene, Madison Cawthorne, Kevin McCarthy, and Mark Meadows and ignoring the kitchen table issues that matter to the average American family. The odds that most Americans will vote against democracy by electing MAGA candidates are getting less and less likely every day.

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Dan Rather Makes The Perfect Argument For Why Fox Is Not News

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Legendary journalist Dan Rather called out the insider game of Rupert Murdoch’s network and showed why Fox is not news.

Dan Rather Explains Why Fox Is A Political Operation

Rather wrote on his Substack:

Needless to say, if a reporter at a news organization other than Fox supported a candidate with half as much complicity as Hannity did Dr. Oz, it would be grounds for immediate termination. Not surprisingly, at Fox News, Hannity’s actions don’t even earn a slap on the wrist. 

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Since its founding, Fox News has always occupied a murky place between journalism and propagandist “entertainment.” On the one hand, it does employ some real reporters. Some of Fox’s work can be considered news, albeit often filtered through an ideological lens.

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The steady stream of hatred, racism, and vitriol emanating from Fox News deserves all the attention it receives. But just as insidious is this inside game and what it says about a media outlet that is a functional arm of the Party of Trump. 

Fox Is Using Journalism As A Cover

Fox is using journalism as a cover for its political operation.  Fox disguises itself as news and never discloses the fact that many of its high-profile employees are assisting elected officials and campaigns.

In journalism, such activities would be grounds for firing. Since Fox isn’t journalism, advising candidates and elected officials behind the backs of viewers is part of the job description.

Dan Rather was right. Fox News is not journalism, and it is also incredibly dangerous to the nation’s democratic institutions. Journalism as a profession needs to stop being afraid of the Fox fraud and call them out for what they are.

Fox is a political operation that is spreading propaganda by pretending to be news.

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Supporting the Buffalo community begins with honest conversations about racism

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Since the 1930s, Black neighborhoods have been ranked as financially unstable to dissuade lenders from approving Black homeowners for loans. This meant Black homeowners were subject to different procedures when purchasing a home, which restricted the flow of capital into Black neighborhoods and prohibited Black homeowners from buying in white neighborhoods—reinforcing segregation.

The lack of access to loans also made it more difficult for Black people to open businesses and build wealth, sparking a downward spiral of disinvestment. Today, the impacts of segregation are clearly visible in the resources available in the city of Buffalo. Of the five major employment centers in Erie County, only one is located within the city of Buffalo, and there are 51 census block groups that have limited access to supermarkets. Every single one is located east of Main Street.

“Buffalo is a powder keg,” said Franchelle Parker, executive director of Open Buffalo. “We can’t talk about what happened on Saturday as one isolated event. Buffalo has been a breeding ground for this type of situation to occur.”

Parker said people outside of Buffalo can get involved by helping to change the racist, white supremacist systems that are in place that led to the attack. Parker suggests having conversations with family and friends about the reality of Buffalo’s history and pressing politicians for policies that support the Black community. Many white supremacists involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection have been tied to western New York, a breeding ground for racist ideology.

“We can’t change the system if we ignore the symptoms of it,” said Jillian Hanesworth, the first poet laureate of Buffalo and Open Buffalo’s director of leadership development. “I want people to stop saying ‘this isn’t Buffalo,’ because it is.”

To honor the lives of those who were killed, Parker and Hanesworth say a conversation needs to happen about how decades of policy decisions have starved the East Side of Buffalo of resources, including healthy food, high-paying jobs, and quality housing. Of all people who identify as Black within the city of Buffalo, roughly 85% live east of Main Street, where Tops is the only grocery store they can walk to. Buffalo is one of the most segregated cities in the country.

In the 1960s and ’70s, the planning and construction of a highway system through Buffalo cut through the city’s Humboldt Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard that connected its park system. Like many other cities in the Northeast, Black people, neighborhoods, and businesses were disproportionately targeted and affected by plans for “urban revitalization.” Its effects are felt today.

“It’s not just a poor Black neighborhood,” Parker said. “Jefferson Avenue is really the cultural heartbeat of the East Side of Buffalo. And many people in our community see this as not just an isolated attack at Tops, but an attack on the entire Black culture.”

For Masten, Buffalo, Tops was not just a supermarket. It was an anchor in the community where locals would cash their checks, buy food, and connect with each other. With that anchor indefinitely closed, Open Buffalo is serving as a connective hub to help locals find the resources they need, including addressing transportation, food, and mental health needs while the city remains on high alert. Buffalo Community Fridge has set up refrigerators on the street stocked with milk, eggs, fresh fruits, and vegetables to ensure that the community stays fed. The African Heritage Food Co-op is also providing free food delivery and distribution. And Heart of the City Neighborhoods is paying up to 90 days rent for the individuals directly impacted by the attack.

“I believe that our community can get back to our heyday and even greater, but we need policy choices that protect and uplift our people,” Parker said. “There is power that our elected officials have.”

At the time of the shooting, Hanesworth was at a baby shower outside of the city. Once the news broke, her organization’s group chat was in constant communication, and she immediately went to the scene to see how she could support her community. It was a traumatizing experience to see people running to the parking lot trying to identify their loved ones’ cars.  

“It was the most intense and pure grief I’ve ever witnessed,” Hanesworth said. “It was something I’ve never seen before, and I hope I never see again.”

Hanesworth has been organizing ever since while processing the traumatic event, and said when she woke up Sunday morning, she realized she had been crying in her sleep.

“I just feel very antsy and desperate to help and to not be in the way,” Hanesworth said. “Black people across the country, we have dealt with so much. We don’t need to be told that we’re resilient. This will almost trick people into normalizing this.”

Hanesworth wants to push against the idea of “Buffalo Strong” and persevering amidst the tragedy, and instead for people outside Buffalo to recognize that the community is deeply hurting.

“We don’t need to know that we’re strong,” Hanesworth said. “We need to know that we’re safe. I just love this community so much. I always say the culture of the city of Buffalo comes out of the East Side. We are really loud. We’re hopeful. We’re musical. And I really hope that beyond people seeing us in pain that they can see that we love each other and that we’re here for each other. We’re not going anywhere.”

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GREAT QUESTION: After Spending Three Years and Millions of Dollars How Did Mueller and Weissmann Not Figure Out Hillary Created the Russia Hoax?

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The Conservative Treehouse revisited the question that all of America is asking.  If you spent so much money and time and resources, how did you not determine that Hillary Clinton was behind the Trump – Russia collusion sham?

The Conservative Treehouse asks:

How did Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissmann spend 2 years investigating Trump-Russia; with a team of 19 lawyers, $40 million in resources, 40 FBI agents, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants and 500 witnesses; and not find out that Hillary Clinton created the hoax they were investigating?

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This is an excellent question that no one is asking.  How could this group of experts spend so much time, energy, and resources and not determine that the Russia-Collusion sham was created by Hillary?

The answer is just as easy as the question is obvious.  Mueller and Weissmann didn’t determine that Hillary was behind the Trump-Russia collusion delusion because they didn’t want to.  Their mission was to overthrow the Trump Administration, not determine the truth.  This was a coup plain and simple.

We knew this years ago.

Four Were Hanged In 1865 Democrat Coup Involving Lincoln’s Assassination

We knew that Weissmann, who many believe was the corrupt mastermind behind the Mueller sham investigation, was a Hillary fan.  But he wasn’t alone.  They all hated President Trump.  We also know that this showed in their corrupt actions throughout the investigation.

THE UPDATED LIST: 130 Times the FBI, DOJ and/or Mueller Gang “Deviated from Standard Practice” or Committed Crimes in Efforts to Exonerate Hillary and Indict President Trump

Will Durham get to the bottom of the Mueller sham or will he end it here with millions wasted and criminals ignored and set free?

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