Foreign Policy

Sunday Night Owls: Right-wing talk radio announcers launch “stolen elections” for four years

On the same day, Shapiro raved about clothes. Radio host Mark Levin spoke about the American Revolution and the colonialists’ refusal to pay taxes to the British and their decision to have the tea the British wanted from them. The later coercive laws that forced the British to pay for the refund of sunken tea had contemporary parallels. On November 12th Levin had solemnly said, “We have mayors canceling Thanksgiving,” or “You will not meet in groups of ten in your own homes” or “You will not go to church”. Trump (who later canceled his own Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago) had fallen a few rungs in the lineup (he reappears during the course of the show), so his place surrendered to the war on Thanksgiving. The media, the beloved ubiquitous fallback enemy, Levin explained, had joined the tyrants. The law had capitulated too much; Demands for hand washing and masks, as well as social distancing were superfluous; The delay would not come from them, but from “real” science. That “real” science was the science supported by Donald Trump.

Levin’s “Thanksgiving as Resistance” and “Masking as Surrender” are terribly dangerous recipes, but not new ones. Throughout the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic, these right-wing talk show junk suppliers have labeled the common sense health code as a political denial of individual freedom. After a lost election that is at best unlikely to actually tip over, it is now an even more refined feat of resistance to the tyranny of newly elected leaders to throw oneself on the path of Covid-19, even if it means killing oneself. […]

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“A Korean reporter once asked me, ‘Do you think your Korean parents are ashamed because you talk about what you talk about on stage? ‘I said, “I don’t think they are ashamed because they are Koreans. I think all parents would be ashamed. ” ~~ Margaret Cho



Over half of NYC firefighters say they won’t take the COVID vaccine – which means they both get infected and could be super spreaders. This anti-Vaxxer movement in the US is becoming a serious threat to public health.

– Mark Elliott (@markmobility) December 6, 2020


At Daily Kos that day in 2008—Obama: Biggest public works investment planned since Eisenhower:

Make public buildings more energy efficient. Our government is now paying the highest energy bill in the world. We have to change that. We need to upgrade our federal buildings by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient lightbulbs. This not only saves you, the American taxpayer, billions of dollars a year. It will get people back to work.

Second, we will create millions of jobs by making the largest new investment in our national infrastructure since the federal highway system was created in the 1950s. We’ll invest your precious tax dollars in new and smarter ways, and we’ll make one simple rule: use it or lose it. If a state does not act quickly to invest in roads and bridges in its communities, they will lose the money.

Third, my stimulus plan will make the most extensive effort to upgrade and upgrade school buildings this country has ever seen. We’re going to fix broken schools, make them more energy efficient, and put new computers in our classrooms. Because to help our children compete in a 21st century economy, we have to send them to 21st century schools.

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