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Theocrats like Alito mean something entirely different from what the "Founders" has in mind when

they wrote and signed the Constitution. Alito and his ilk want their fundamentalist version of Christianity to be the state religion. Religious liberty means no such thing. It means the right to practice any religion you like as long as it does not infringe on the rights of other people.

Well said. I don't know what went on behind the scene, but suddenly Manchin makes a deal,

then McConnell condemns it, and now they've passed major legislation on chip manufacturing, science education, research, and a lot more.

In a joint statement, Manchin and Schumer said: “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will make a historic down payment on deficit reduction to fight inflation, invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030.”

According to a policy brief, the bill will generate $739bn through a 15% corporate minimum tax, prescription drug savings and other means. It excludes surtaxes on people making at least $10m a year, ending Democrats’ push to make the wealthiest Americans pay more taxes.

The proposal would invest $396bn in energy security and fighting climate change, and $64bn to bolster healthcare. Manchin also indicated that provisions to reform the permitting process for energy infrastructure, including gas pipelines, would be included in the deal.


Brilliant! I have never heard a better argument against the NRA's misreading of the 2nd

Amendment. We need to hear more about the absolute unconstitutionality of the "guns rights" movement, which makes a totally bogus interpretation of the Constitution to defend the NRA's absurd contention that we need to arm every citizen to fight our own government. The clause regarding "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State" was designed to allow the creation of militias to DEFEND the U.S. government against insurrection.

The more facts we learn, the more evident it is how far the right, and SCOTUS, have strayed from

principles that were taken for granted (and thus had no need of written confirmation) when the Constitution was signed. The right basically decides for themselves what the Founders had in mind, and rejects any proof that suggests they are completely wrong.

Trump united the wingnuts, conspiracy theorists, the uninformed and ill-informed,

and conservatives without marketable or employable skills who can't understand that their party's policies are the reason they are unemployed and uninsured.

Yup, that's the idea. A fabricated mental construction that makes them right, and proves that anyone

who disagrees with them is wrong. Not much room for discussion, reasoning, facts, or knowledge.

Trumpers, Magats, and GOPers don't do logic. They have a personal "Bible" in their heads that they

consult. A "Bible" that is missing much of the original material, and contains a great deal of added "beliefs." It has a whole chapter on the 2nd Amendment, and another one on the founding of the U.S.A. by God.

This summarizes the biggest problem with our current Supreme Court.

Of course, every issue raised here is a problem because of actions and decisions being made by conservative judges - judges who rule based on a conservative ideology rather than on the Constitution or established precedent. I might add that at least three of those same judges lied to the Senate when testifying during their own nomination approve process.

This decision shows how important the world's gaze on events in Ukraine is in Putin's little mind.

There has never been a war that has been more thoroughly documented and tracked in real time.

Republicans pretend they hate taxes. Actually they hate good government.

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