Sun. Feb 24th, 2019

Open thread for evening owls: Kennedy warns we’re ‘dropping’ our ‘social framework of decency’

In a public look in San Francisco on Feb. 1st, retired Supreme Court docket Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose departure from the courtroom led to the appointment of latest justice Brett Kavanaugh, on Friday warned that america is new going through risks to our democracy. The trigger: “We now have a social framework of decency that we’re in a short time dropping.”

The 82-year-old retired justice didn’t cite any public officers or political controversies as proof of his critique, and as an alternative bemoaned the shortcomings of the “cyber age.”

“I’m so involved with the egocentrism that the cyber age has introduced us,” Kennedy mentioned. “Our younger individuals within the cyber age don’t assume the previous is vital. … If it’s not in your display screen, it’s not vital.”





On this date at Each day Kos in 2011—Home GOP meltdown over price range cuts:

Principally we’re seeing two factions within the GOP lately, the ORCs and the YATs.

The primary are the Opportunist Republican Cynics (ORCs), and they’re nonetheless the dominant faction. They’re led by John Boehner, and they’re principally the identical individuals who drove America’s economic system into the bottom beneath George W. Bush. They’ve regained energy because of tea partiers, Fox Information, and a willingness to parrot the doomsdayer teahadist rhetoric about spending and debt, however additionally they perceive that really following by way of on what they promised can be a political catastrophe of epic proportion. The issue for ORCs is that they do not have anything to supply as a result of they final time they have been allowed to drive coverage selections for the GOP, they ended up totally discrediting the occasion.

The opposite faction are the Yelling Offended Teahadists (YATs). They do not management the GOP management, however there’s sufficient of them that the GOP wants them to take care of its majority. The YATs imagine every part they mentioned throughout the marketing campaign about how Obama is the second coming of Karl Marx and the way spending is destroying America. They actually imagine the one option to save America is to get rid of the deficit and so they imagine the deficit could be balanced by instantly slicing spending by a whole bunch of billions of dollars. And so they imagine the remainder of America agrees with them. YATs are the one Republicans with any actual enthusiasm, however that is largely as a result of their concepts have not but been discredited by the take a look at of actuality.

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