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There is some hope for American democracy when civics-minded politicians from both parties are willing to come together with the public and talk about preserving the institutions of American democracy.  Such as happened last night down in Tempe, where former Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R) was the keynote.

Rusty Bowers cites Trump chat, says more election challenges to come (azcentral.com)

"The live event, part of a series called Arizona Talks that aims to gather community members to civilly discuss public policy issues, also featured Democratic Arizona Rep. Marcelino Quiñonez of Phoenix, Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, Arizona Board of Regents chairman and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, and Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari, a Democrat who is currently running for U.S. Congress.

All shared stories around a theme of civic engagement and civil discourse."

Aside from maybe Bowers, these are all Arizona pols without a lot of charisma, but who attend to their jobs and get stuff done.  And their positions on the political spectrum range widely from Ansari to Bowers, but who are willing to compete and also cooperate within the structures and strictures of our democratic institutions.

Which is a nice and hopeful change of pace from the general tenor of the Culture Warriors.

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3 hours ago, SeanF said:

Allowing slaves to enlist would have completely undermined the Confederates' argument that black men were subhuman.

Yeah that doesn’t matter. The smart thing to do would come up with some new line of rhetoric on how white soldiers are still superior, and how blacks can be used as weapons under their guidance, like a bloodhound.

 

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This exhibits an extraordinary ignorance of the state of matters in the slave states and the war itself.

For starters this is exactly how it worked in the Union army when it consented to Black Regiments -- including employed contrabands and others as informers and spies.

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3 hours ago, maarsen said:

So any odds on whether Trump takes the stand in any of his legal trials and tribulations? I imagine any lawyer would never want him on the stand but the chance to be on TV in Georgia must seem like an overwhelmingly delightful opportunity for Trump.

If I were his lawyer (*shudder*), I wouldn't let him anywhere near a witness stand. 

But Trump has been a gambler all his life, and human beings tend to overreact to their last experience.  He followed his lawyer's advice not to testify in NY and he lost that case. 

So I wouldn't rule out him deciding to testify at the last minute, if only to try to impress the jury and in the hope that a couple of MAGAheads would like to engage to in jury nullification at his behest.  If he does testify, he will likely perjure himself rather than confine himself to the truth.  

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3 hours ago, Zorral said:

Highways are the next antiabortion target. One Texas town is resisting.
A new ordinance, passed in several jurisdictions and under consideration elsewhere, aims to stop people from using local roads to drive someone out of state for an abortion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/09/01/texas-abortion-highways/

Texas, the plantation prison state.  That barbed wire, folks, ain't just to keep people out, but keep women imprisoned.

So, checkpoints everywhere.  Yay freedum!

 

Somehow, you missed the proclamation of Alabama's AT general, who says he has the authority to prosecute women who go out of state for an abortion.  Alabama attorney general says he has right to prosecute people who facilitate travel for out-of-state abortions | CNN Politics

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