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See update for January 15, 2021, at bottom of post.
I was contemplating holding back on publication of this blog post until following Joe Biden’s inauguration. I’ve never done anything like that before. This would have been a first. But I am also realizing that I have a vanishingly small readership and that among that readership, there may be some who could benefit from having their fears allayed.
The first thing I have to say about Trumpsters is that these are vile, horrible, despicable, hateful people. What I have seen, driving around southwestern Pennsylvania, and read, both in the course of doing my dissertation and since, convinces me that there is no redemption for them; they delight in cruelty. They (and most other conservatives, including mainstream Democrats) fully deserve an awful, miserable, humiliating end. I hope that such an end comes with minimal casualties among those police and military who defend the inauguration. Read more
See updates through December 30, 2020, at end of post.
The idea of a general strike has come up before. It’s always fizzled and it’s important to be clear about why it fizzled and why it might not this time. Read more
See updates through January 9, 2021, at end of post.
Over the years, indeed since my public speaking class, back when I first returned to school in 2003, I have repeatedly argued that the United States is beset by irreconcilable differences, that as difficult as it is to conceive, a national divorce is the only sane way out. In that time, polarization has only intensified. This now culminates in a sometimes violent disagreement over who won an election that occurred a month and a half ago. It’s not even seriously that the fact of the outcome is in dispute, but rather what the outgoing president and his followers desperately want to believe. Read more
It seems like more people have more Christmas decorations up this year, as if they are trying desperately to lighten the mood of an utterly foul year, in which we have been beset by a pandemic that Donald Trump tried to minimize but is afflicting more people than ever and overwhelming more hospitals than ever, in which Trump lost an election but is desperately attempting to overturn the results, and the Black Lives Matter movement which seemed to hold such promise has simply sputtered out. Read more
Note, October 4, 2020: I received a text from a local campaign touting endorsements from the police and gun nuttery lobbies. Honestly, I have no idea how these folks even begin to imagine that I might support their candidate when I favor abolition of the police and oppose gun nuttery.
It motivated me to dredge up my old research journal entry on my analysis of the second amendment which, to say the least, is not the one that presently prevails, especially in Pennsylvania. When I go into the raw text of my old Drupal database dump, I don’t know the date the entry was created, nor do I know the original title. But in this case, I see there’s an update. The entry, as resurrected, follows.
See update for October 5, 2020 at end of post.
Update, June 16, 2016: Since writing this post, I have learned that the late Chief Justice Warren Burger offered a similar view, saying “that the Second Amendment ‘has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat the word “fraud”—on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.'” I have not located a transcript to confirm the full text in the meme; apparently he said it on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1991 and was allegedly “expressing the longtime consensus of historians and judges across the political spectrum.”
Fig. 1. Meme found on Facebook, fair use.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, I will here run where angels fear to tread, into an analysis of the wording of the second amendment. First, the text itself:
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.