"Biden offers defense of democracy in Memorial Day speech" by Annie Linskey The Washington Post, June 1, 2021
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden delivered a rousing defense of democracy and a plea for unity during remarks to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, saying “democracy is more than a form of government - it is a way of being.”
"Democracy itself is in peril," the president said.
(Yeah, and you election-stealing bastards help put it there!)
Speaking for roughly 20 minutes, Biden said the American soldiers buried around him, and around the world, gave their lives to uphold the U.S. Constitution and the country's form of government.
"Democracy must be defended at all costs," Biden said. "Democracy, that's the soul of America, and I believe it's a soul worth fighting for, and so do you. A soul worth dying for."
(That's how the have twice sold us World Wars for an image and concept that doesn't really exist because we are in fact a Constitutional Republic, or was once)
Biden also referred to the threats to the country's form of government.
"The soul of America is animated by the perennial battle between our worst instincts, which we've seen of late, and our better angels."
He urged patriotism, saying there's currently a struggle, "between 'me first' and 'We the people.' "
The speech came as Republicans in Texas are trying to significantly restrict voting rights and as Republicans in the U.S. Senate used the filibuster to halt an investigation into the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Biden issued a strongly worded statement Saturday condemning the Texas efforts to curtail voting, calling them "an assault on Democracy." He declined to speak with reporters traveling with him over the weekend about the failure of legislation to launch the Jan. 6 probe.
During Monday's speech, Biden again framed the central tension of the times as a battle between democracy and autocracy, calling it the "battle for our time." He's used this argument to push for his $4 trillion in proposed spending, saying that Western democracies must show the world that they can make big investments and overcome gridlock, but in this instance, Biden cited the importance of shoring up institutions.....
He then had the unmitigated gall to cite the "right to vote freely, fairly and conveniently, a free press that pursues the truth, and a legal system that where the rule of law applies equally and fairly to every citizen," with an unmasked face tight with emotion.
Somehow Memorial Day metastasized into the solemn remembrances of a century-old race massacre on its 100th anniversary when a white mob descended on the all-Black neighborhood (is that what really happened?).
Meanwhile, as migrants pour over the border and Mexican drug cartels hunt down police at their homes, more US citizens are being apprehended for moving drugs over the border.
It's also looking like Netanyahu is to be ousted, according to of the New York Times, as Israeli politicians spent Monday locked in last-minute negotiations to force him but his departure is still far from a foregone conclusion as Israel’s political class was locked in frenzied horse trading and bartering that put a spotlight on the fragmentation of the Israeli political system that has been bruised by the pandemic (will the suffering never end?).
It's “almost like a Greek tragedy. There’s the king, and he loses the faith of everyone that was loyal. He backstabs them, they backstab him, but it’s not over till it’s over,” said Rachel Azaria, a centrist former lawmaker and author of a recent book about social change in Israel, and, “there’s a joke now on WhatsApp and Twitter and Facebook: The rest of the world is still stuck in COVID. We’re four tragedies later.”
(Never I gue$$)
Well, if the new government is formed, it would be led by a former settler leader, Bennett, who opposes Palestinian statehood and wants to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, but it would likely contain more supporters of a two-state resolution to the conflict than Netanyahu’s current government, but to remain in office, the government might also need to retain the parliamentary support of Raam, the Arab Islamist party, which is seeking greater rights and resources for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who comprise about 20% of the population.
(Ain't that a kick in the head? The Arabs are the kingmakers of Israel)
Of course, they would be “fig leaves and we may see a softer, gentler outward face, but I’m fairly certain that the policies are going to remain the same, if not worse, under Bennett,” said Diana Buttu, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a former legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization, while others were more hopeful that an equilibrium would be maintained.
(That is what I have noted time and again. Does it really matter which blood-pouring-from-the-fangs Zioni$t is in charge?)
In the interests of equal time, for ultra-Orthodox Israelis, or Haredim, the putative new coalition is troublesome because it would be formed without the involvement of either of the two main Haredi parties, which have participated in most coalition governments this century, but for others, that was cause for qualified celebration. Anat Hoffman, a campaigner for a more pluralistic approach to Judaism in Israel, did not expect the coalition to last its full term, nor for it to significantly weaken the control over religious affairs currently exerted by Orthodox rabbis, but she hoped it might create a more tolerant atmosphere that would show “there is more than one way to be Jewish, and more than one way to be an Israeli, and more than one way to be an Israeli patriot.”
(Unfortunately, they all seem to involve displacing and killing Palestinians while treating them like crap)
Others argued that the new heterogenous political leadership might allow for warmer ties with parts of the Jewish diaspora, and for a reset with the Democratic Party in the United States — two relationships that became strained under Netanyahu, and the diverse nature of the coalition, though problematic and unworkable in many respects, might also make the government a better reflection of Israeli society, said Ofer Zalzberg, director of the Middle East Program at the Herbert C. Kelman Institute, a Jerusalem-based research group, because “it’s a very unique combination of interests and identities.”
It is simply Jim Crow apartheid no matter who is in charge, is that Wright?
Meanwhile, the genocidal agenda is advancing to your door and you will need the vaxxipass so you don't get lost on the trail:
"Since the coronavirus pandemic began, we’ve heard a lot of stories about hikers getting rescued from the woods. In some ways, that’s no surprise. Until recently, with not much to do in the way of safe activities during a pandemic, hiking offered a relatively safe alternative to sitting around the house and watching TV, and if our social media feeds are any indication, lots of us got out there and explored the outdoors, but were there actually more hikers rescued during the pandemic, compared to previous years or did it just feel that way? We took a closer look at the data to find out....."
They ended up at the Boston Children’s Museum somehow, and what’s more fun than knowing that a film crew is in town?
Yes, the celebs are roaming around South Station, Back Bay, and Rockport, and the proximity to glamour is certainly fun, and filmmaking does generate jobs and fill hotel rooms — no question about that, but..... the Globe then self-servingly pimps itself for long-ago glory and thinks it is “cool.”
Where to go from here?