Foreign Policy

Monday Night Owls: The Neverending Coup Against Black America

There is a lot that feels unprecedented in relation to Georgia’s electoral crisis today, and there are serious concerns that we may never recover from Donald Trump’s damage to democracy. On December 5th, the President went to Valdosta to strengthen his ego and chatted about imaginary election fraud in front of a crowd of about 10,000 fans for almost two hours. […]

It is significant that Trump’s campaign to undermine democracy by invalidating a command as fundamental as a citizen’s right to vote is taking place in a place where blacks’ basic rights are already routinely invalid. What is the story of Black Georgia, but evidence of the uncertainty surrounding blacks’ ability to participate in public life? How were they selectively punished to secure these rights, but a brand of racial fascism, a coup that unfolded over centuries? […]

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“The pleasure of remembering had been taken away because there was no one left to remember. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing the memory itself, like the things we’d done were less real and important than hours ago. “
~~ John Green, The Flaw in Our Stars (2012)



At Daily Kos that day in 2012– President Obama appointing breaks to working committee to defy GOP outrage:

President Obama appoints a hiatus in addition to his appointment to the National Labor Relations Board Richard Cordray Head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. […]

That’s huge: Without these The NLRB would have only had two members appointed; Without a three-person quorum, it cannot make decisions. Republicans were determined to block Obama’s NLRB nominations to close the board and prevent it from passing rules like his recent moves Streamlining of union elections and require employers to present themselves Posters Informing employees of their existing legal rights.

Obama’s decision to appoint both these NLRB members and Cordray to the CFPB not only puts skilled workers in government, but also enables government agencies to function themselves.

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