On last week’s podcast we brought listeners up to date on all the important news of the week. From Donald Trump’s impeachment, to the resignation of Congresswoman Katie Hill to the democratic 2020 candidates.
On today’s blog we provide an update on what’s been going on since the last podcast. This includes reports Mike Bloomberg and former governor Deval Patrick’s rumored decision to running as 2020 candidates.
I also discuss the 2020 candidates on the republican side with reporting today about one candidate who is dropping out. And finally I provide an update on what I call the theocratic court.
I speculate many of the 2020 candidates already running are not going to last much longer. The field is getting thinner and, as discussed below, many are running out of money to remain competitive.
On Tuesday’s program we discussed the California fires and what to look for on Tuesday’s election. A number of ballot initiatives were up, the governor’s races in Mississippi and Kentucky and the balance of power in the Virginia senate were closely watched races.
In the podcast, we discussed the significance of each. You can listen below, but I also want to remind you to listen and download this podcast on your phone. Simply search for The World As I Like It To Be Podcast in Apple iTunes store. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can get the newest episodes as soon as they come out.
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On Monday’s podcast, I mentioned a couple of things that progressives and people watching politics should be aware of. In the past I saw what was happening with Mitch McConnell and his obsession with filling the courts with conservative judges as an attempt to simply roll back all the legislation from the civil rights era.
To be clear, absolutely nothing is going on in the senate today. Hundreds of pieces of legislation from the House of Representatives are being ignored. All that is being done are votes in the judiciary and votes in the senate on judges.
But two things (actually three) made me rethink this issue. One was watching the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country and The Family (which I recommend everyone watch). Two was the appointment of Paula White to the Trump administration. And three was the behavior of senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz.
As I said in the podcast, I am now convinced what we are seeing and what we will see in the future, is an all-out assault on the separation of church and state. This attack, breaking down the barrier between Christian theology and US legislation,will be the first steps to what I believe will be a Christian theocracy in the United States.
The seeds to the war that is to come is being planted by Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell as more and more unqualified judges are being added to the appellate court and circuit courts.
Today its Lawrence J.C. VanDyke a judge whom the American Bar Association (ABA) deemed “not qualified” for the appellate court with which he is being nominated.
But that classification makes no difference to Republicans since the head of their party is equally not qualified.
Under Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham, republicans have pushed through a stunning 150 judges to the federal bench. It is a lasting legacy for Donald Trump and foretells big problems for progressives.
Republicans cannot have a pesky thing like easy voting get in the way of their attempts to remake the courts, federal and local congressional maps nationwide. In my opinion it is another arrow in the quiver of voter suppression tactics.
With Sander and Warren for structural change or with Biden and others for moderation?
This is a liberal podcast, so listeners should know where we stand by now. Moderation in a world of globalization, of international social media and of global climate change requires a radical response.
Due to inaction and a Republican party that has spiraled down toward authoritarianism, we have lost a lot of time and a lot of ground. Bold action, as Bernie says, is needed.
Then we discuss the fires and trouble in the largest progressive/democratic state in the nation. California. The golden state is dealing with a lot of different issues right now.
How is the governor handling it and is the specter of Gray Davis hovering over him: