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Eris wrote: Thu Jun 01, 2023 10:38 pm The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has just filed a challenge to Kentucky's ban on gender affirming care.

https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/166 ... SWPOg&s=19
There should be a rapid follow up on the other states like Florida et al.
featureless wrote: [quote=CDFingers post_id=893546 time=<a href="tel:1685670864">1685670864</a> user_id=4754]
It's like they have nothing better to do than to mess with other people's lives. WTF?

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Exactly. I've begun to realize that US government is really nothing more than the fuckery factory.

Whatever happened to the bill of rights for all. We’ve shifted from expanding rights to denying them.
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sikacz wrote:
Eris wrote: Thu Jun 01, 2023 10:38 pm The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has just filed a challenge to Kentucky's ban on gender affirming care.

https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/166 ... SWPOg&s=19
There should be a rapid follow up on the other states like Florida et al.
featureless wrote: [quote=CDFingers post_id=893546 time=<a href="tel:1685670864">1685670864</a> user_id=4754]
It's like they have nothing better to do than to mess with other people's lives. WTF?

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Exactly. I've begun to realize that US government is really nothing more than the fuckery factory.

Whatever happened to the bill of rights for all. We’ve shifted from expanding rights to denying them.
It's called not voting out Republicans.

While people are stuck on 2A rights the republicans are chopping away at all our other rights.
And really, nothings going to happen in Florida are you kidding? DeSatan has picked many justices around the state and the legislature is solid republican.
Duh
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sikacz wrote: Fri Jun 02, 2023 7:05 am
Eris wrote: Thu Jun 01, 2023 10:38 pm The Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division has just filed a challenge to Kentucky's ban on gender affirming care.

https://twitter.com/Esqueer_/status/166 ... SWPOg&s=19
There should be a rapid follow up on the other states like Florida et al.
featureless wrote: [quote=CDFingers post_id=893546 time=<a href="tel:1685670864">1685670864</a> user_id=4754]
It's like they have nothing better to do than to mess with other people's lives. WTF?

CDFingers
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Exactly. I've begun to realize that US government is really nothing more than the fuckery factory.

Whatever happened to the bill of rights for all. We’ve shifted from expanding rights to denying them.
But there are 'rights' and there are 'rights'.
Rights for women, people of color, children, the LGBTQ community, and non christian......don't matter..All that matters to the GOPathetic(and others, single issue voters) if the

2A 2A!! God Guns, Gas. STOP the ATTACK on us gun owners!!

As he says this with his knee on a trans person's neck...disgusting....

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Now Texas joins Ky. In blocking transgender rights.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs legislation barring trans youth from accessing transition-related care

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Friday a bill that bars transgender kids from getting puberty blockers and hormone therapies, though the new law could face legal challenges before it takes effect on Sept. 1.

Senate Bill 14’s passage brings to the finish line a legislative priority for the Republican Party of Texas, which opposes any efforts to validate transgender identities. Trans kids, their parents and LGBTQ advocacy groups fiercely oppose the law, and some have vowed to stop it from going into effect.

Texas — home to one of the largest trans communities in the U.S. — is now one of 18 states that restrict transition-related care for trans minors.

“Cruelty has always been the point,” said Emmett Schelling, executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas. “It’s not shocking that this governor would sign SB14 right at the beginning of Pride [Month]; however this will not stop trans people from continuing to exist with authenticity — as we always have.”
Full article: https://www.texastribune.org/2023/06/0 ... -care-ban/

Banned abortion, banned Transgender medical care, Cuts to Medicare/Medicaid. What’s next medical care only to certified card carrying white Repugs?
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Trump-Appointed Judge Rejects Tennessee's Anti-Drag Law As 'Unconstitutionally Vague'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s first-in-the-nation law designed to place strict limits on drag shows is unconstitutional, a federal judge says.

The law is both “unconstitutionally vague and substantially overbroad” and encouraged “discriminatory enforcement,” according to the ruling late Friday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

“There is no question that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. But there is a difference between material that is ‘obscene’ in the vernacular, and material that is ‘obscene’ under the law,” Parker said.

“Simply put, no majority of the Supreme Court has held that sexually explicit — but not obscene — speech receives less protection than political, artistic, or scientific speech,” he said.

The law would have banned adult cabaret performances from public property or anywhere minors might be present. Performers who broke the law risked being charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for a repeat offense
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-a ... 444c7f1bfb

The law is vague on what is obscene. Reminds me of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said in his 1964 Order that he could not use words to describe pornography, but "I know it when I see it."
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I for one would welcome President Biden mobilizing the National Guard to escort trans youth to the bathroom appropriate to the gender they identify with.

I chose that particular example because of the parallel to Eisenhower enforcing the unanimous outcome of Brown vs. BOE on behalf of the Little Rock Nine. It's a dramatic application of force to uphold justice made for the modern media environment - ignore that it was over 60 years ago. It's the kind of gesture made for TikTok that we would all love to see, declare moral victory, and then go home to celebrate while the reactionaries plot the next assault on human rights in the War on Woke.

But really, short of that sort of gesture, what can realistically be done that isn't? I look forward to a greater focus on Pride Month now that the debt limit has been resolved for now, but that crisis sucked all of the oxygen out of the room for a while. Congress determines the federal budget, and the executive cutting off funds to states needs to have a solid basis in existing law. We're not sending the 101st Airborne anywhere to enforce pronouns. Seriously. How? We're left with the DoJ trying to sue states left and right, and they're overstretched as it is trying to deal with the last insurrection.

If there's one thing Donny showed the reactionary right, it's that laws don't matter if you flood the zone with too many violations to count. We're in triage. First priority has been trying to secure the republic against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I feel like we're back in the 90s with the right wing assault on the LGBTQIA+ community, after years of wins at the Supreme Court - only to realize that precedent doesn't matter and those rights can be stripped away by the next court case.

We're not a parliamentary system. Our Constitution ensures that we vote for people, not parties - it's Game Theory that gets us the factionalism Washington warned us against. The only time we get to elect a candidate whose views are perfectly aligned with our own is when we run for office ourselves - every other vote involves compromises. One reason I prefer true democracy to representative oligarchy. In the meantime, we can tilt the balance of that oligarchy towards kindness and diversity and away from hate, even if we don't agree 100% with their policy planks.

I hate every day that my brothers and sisters are treated as second-class citizens or worse because of who they love or what they believe, their country of origin or color of their skin. I long for justice too. Until it is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am loathe to trust a government - any government - with the power to make it so.

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Every race and ethnic group contains racists, every race and ethnic group contains homophobes and transphobes, it's a sad reality. It's better than it used to be, but it's not going to disappear anytime soon. We're a country of laws, though it may seem like demagogues are running parts of the US, we still have courts and hierarchies of courts to challenge laws and actions by elected officials.

Culture wars are cyclical like the pogroms of the past, they are used to divide people and not unite them. We're a representational democracy with freedom of speech that even allows the demagogues the right to preach hate and division. Politics is about division, how one party is different from the other one, they preach a simplistic good vs evil. It's the system we have and I don't see that there is a will to change it.
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As an experiment in framing, I sent this LTTE this morning to our local paper. If I get any response, I'll post about it.
I don’t know what it’s like to believe I’d been born into the wrong gender. I imagine it would be awful. If I believed that awful thing and discovered there was medical technology that would provide me some relief, that would be cool, right? Right. But then, imagine there was some person I did not know who did not like the existence of people like me and the medical technology that could relieve some of our stress. Imagine that person wants to make that illegal. Yeah: that person is a real jerk.

That jerk is the same kind of person who voted for the twice impeached insurrectionist, the convicted sexual predator and eventual inmate of the Federal prison system. It’s the same kind of person who prevents the majority from universal health care coverage. It’s the same bunch who forced women in the Missouri legislature to cover their arms. It’s the same minority who wants to delete a woman’s right to choose and even to force her to marry her rapist. We reject all of that jerk-ness.

This team of jerks has shown itself to be incapable, period; their judgment is faulty. This group will no longer be allowed to hold political power. We will vote them back into the private sector. You do your part and I’ll do mine: any supporters of that jerk ideology, no matter in which office, should be voted out as unfit for public service.
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wings wrote: Sat Jun 03, 2023 10:27 pm I for one would welcome President Biden mobilizing the National Guard to escort trans youth to the bathroom appropriate to the gender they identify with.

I chose that particular example because of the parallel to Eisenhower enforcing the unanimous outcome of Brown vs. BOE on behalf of the Little Rock Nine. It's a dramatic application of force to uphold justice made for the modern media environment - ignore that it was over 60 years ago. It's the kind of gesture made for TikTok that we would all love to see, declare moral victory, and then go home to celebrate while the reactionaries plot the next assault on human rights in the War on Woke.

But really, short of that sort of gesture, what can realistically be done that isn't? I look forward to a greater focus on Pride Month now that the debt limit has been resolved for now, but that crisis sucked all of the oxygen out of the room for a while. Congress determines the federal budget, and the executive cutting off funds to states needs to have a solid basis in existing law. We're not sending the 101st Airborne anywhere to enforce pronouns. Seriously. How? We're left with the DoJ trying to sue states left and right, and they're overstretched as it is trying to deal with the last insurrection.

If there's one thing Donny showed the reactionary right, it's that laws don't matter if you flood the zone with too many violations to count. We're in triage. First priority has been trying to secure the republic against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I feel like we're back in the 90s with the right wing assault on the LGBTQIA+ community, after years of wins at the Supreme Court - only to realize that precedent doesn't matter and those rights can be stripped away by the next court case.

We're not a parliamentary system. Our Constitution ensures that we vote for people, not parties - it's Game Theory that gets us the factionalism Washington warned us against. The only time we get to elect a candidate whose views are perfectly aligned with our own is when we run for office ourselves - every other vote involves compromises. One reason I prefer true democracy to representative oligarchy. In the meantime, we can tilt the balance of that oligarchy towards kindness and diversity and away from hate, even if we don't agree 100% with their policy planks.

I hate every day that my brothers and sisters are treated as second-class citizens or worse because of who they love or what they believe, their country of origin or color of their skin. I long for justice too. Until it is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am loathe to trust a government - any government - with the power to make it so.
I’ll agree with your post 100 percent when we can all run for any office 100 percent. Until then I reserve the right to object to positions in party planks that endanger my life and the life of others. As a second class citizen I still have one right that means something, my vote and I will not promise it lightly. In a country that is shifting under our feet I remain adamant that the preservation of the bill of rights is the only cornerstone that can save our republic. Once it is eroded it is only a matter of time that exclusions become the method to deny any right. It should be obvious to everyone why lists shouldn’t exist and registration isn’t a good idea. They lend themselves to aid those who would harm or deny people rights or would be used to enforce unfair unjust laws and deny the ability to defend themselves. People that fear to now go to bathroom, people that fear to live in their states, people that fear that they will be denied treatments including HRT and yes people that fear their rights will be removed when some future authoritarian agenda driven person or persons decides that a group of individuals shouldn’t have a right. I expect more than justifying inability with game theory. Break the game then, that’s for the people to do. People like us here instead of just going along, but the topic is what the government can do. Create federal level protections no matter what it takes, make the issue the primary focus because if everyone doesn’t have rights none are safe, keep it in the news, yes exhaust the legal actions because limited resources is not an excuse especially when we want to spend billions on a war machine and continue perpetual war, and make sure federal anti discrimination laws are enforced. The how and the means is what the federal government is responsible for and ultimately its the president’s job to find the means. I won’t accept excuses for why the federal government can’t do more, I won’t accept the excuse that the next election will save us if we submit without objection to policies that endanger us all and I won’t accept that the lesser of two evils is our only option. Personally I’ve been labeled as a single issue voter, inflexible, ideological and a supporter of right wing fascism by objecting and calling out those that are agenda driven and refusing to just vote for “X”. My right to vote has been criticized and I’ve been attacked for it. Is it really a right anymore if I can only vote for one choice. Perhaps the game is rigged. So take your opportunity to attack me again instead of asking for change, instead of asking politicians and parties to change their platforms to protect and encourage inclusion and preserve the ability for all of us to keep all our rights. Many of you can run for any position in this country, I cannot. The only thing I have is my vote, and if you think I’m a one issue voter as many here claim, you don’t know me and you don’t know my reasons for being adamant. So tar and feather me, but I expect more from this government as long as it exists. I expect it to fight for all rights, and I expect it to protect the LGBTQ communities currently under attack.
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I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can & not be boxed in by some feelings of helplessness. It’s easy to kind of say “fuck it” and want to give up. I’m a federal, civil servant so I can’t run in in a partisan election. What I CAN do is run as an independent in local elections.

I live in a very conservative ohio county. The democrats have NO elected state officials and only a couple local politicians sprinkled throughout the county. Running as a democrat is not helpful. Thats good; because I have my own views that don’t align with the democrat party. The modern Republican Party is a filthy dumpster fire.

I’m running for a local, nonpartisan office this fall. As an independent. The incumbent is an absolutely crazy, ULTRA MAGA, deranged trumper. Do I think I can win? I don’t know. I just don’t think that they should run & get all the power, uncontested. I’m working hard behind the scenes to build some support for my campaign. Yes, with mostly democrats but also moderate republicans.

I have 2 black daughters, a white daughter, a Hispanic son and a white son. I want them all to be able to see that we tried not to let this place slide into an unconstitutional oblivion of white supremacy, ant-women, anti-LGBTQ+ , phoney, religious theocracy. They all should be equal under the law. We cannot allow the takeover due our own complacency.

Yesterday, I went to the adjacent counties pride event. (We don’t have a pride event in my right wing county). I felt a mixed feeling of joy and sadness. This was the LGBTQ+ one day to come out and be themselves without persecution. I saw several people open carrying handguns. You should be able to be yourself in a free society with a rule of law. That’s worth a little effort in my part.


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INVICTVS138 wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 11:31 am I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can & not be boxed in by some feelings of helplessness. It’s easy to kind of say “fuck it” and want to give up. I’m a federal, civil servant so I can’t run in in a partisan election. What I CAN do is run as an independent in local elections.

I live in a very conservative ohio county. The democrats have NO elected state officials and only a couple local politicians sprinkled throughout the county. Running as a democrat is not helpful. Thats good; because I have my own views that don’t align with the democrat party. The modern Republican Party is a filthy dumpster fire.

I’m running for a local, nonpartisan office this fall. As an independent. The incumbent is an absolutely crazy, ULTRA MAGA, deranged trumper. Do I think I can win? I don’t know. I just don’t think that they should run & get all the power, uncontested. I’m working hard behind the scenes to build some support for my campaign. Yes, with mostly democrats but also moderate republicans.

I have 2 black daughters, a white daughter, a Hispanic son and a white son. I want them all to be able to see that we tried not to let this place slide into an unconstitutional oblivion of white supremacy, ant-women, anti-LGBTQ+ , phoney, religious theocracy. They all should be equal under the law. We cannot allow the takeover due our own complacency.

Yesterday, I went to the adjacent counties pride event. (We don’t have a pride event in my right wing county). I felt a mixed feeling of joy and sadness. This was the LGBTQ+ one day to come out and be themselves without persecution. I saw several people open carrying handguns. You should be able to be yourself in a free society with a rule of law. That’s worth a little effort in my part.

Good luck in your campaign INVICTUS, running as an independent you're not playing into the usual partisan game. Being a civil servant or an academic at a public institution and running for office can be like walking a tightrope, it's easier when the office is non-partisan.
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Greengunner wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 1:04 pm Anyone who doesn’t like our two party system should be pushing for ranked choice. It’s the only way we’re going to grow viable third parties in this country.
I’d have no problem with ranked. Definitely something to push for. I am concerned how it worked out in California, one party dominated government. So perhaps not a perfect approach. In order for anything to work the structures that prop up the two party dominance need to be removed, the requirements imposed by the two main parties for other parties and candidates to participate.
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sikacz wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 1:15 pm
Greengunner wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 1:04 pm Anyone who doesn’t like our two party system should be pushing for ranked choice. It’s the only way we’re going to grow viable third parties in this country.
I’d have no problem with ranked. Definitely something to push for. I am concerned how it worked out in California, one party dominated government. So perhaps not a perfect approach. In order for anything to work the structures that prop up the two party dominance need to be removed, the requirements imposed by the two main parties for other parties and candidates to participate.
Yes California's jungle primary only allows the top two primary candidates to appear on the general election ballot, at least four or more of different parties should be on the ballot for ranked choice. NYC has ranked choice, but the top vote getters in the recent mayoral election were mostly Democrats so there wasn't a lot of choice.

CA doesn't want minority parties appearing on the general election ballot, they want to ensure it's only a Democrat or a Republican and it's mostly Democrats that win. Ranked choice to me encourages multiple parties so voters have the most choices.
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INVICTVS138 wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 11:31 am I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can & not be boxed in by some feelings of helplessness. It’s easy to kind of say “fuck it” and want to give up. I’m a federal, civil servant so I can’t run in in a partisan election. What I CAN do is run as an independent in local elections.

I live in a very conservative ohio county. The democrats have NO elected state officials and only a couple local politicians sprinkled throughout the county. Running as a democrat is not helpful. Thats good; because I have my own views that don’t align with the democrat party. The modern Republican Party is a filthy dumpster fire.

I’m running for a local, nonpartisan office this fall. As an independent. The incumbent is an absolutely crazy, ULTRA MAGA, deranged trumper. Do I think I can win? I don’t know. I just don’t think that they should run & get all the power, uncontested. I’m working hard behind the scenes to build some support for my campaign. Yes, with mostly democrats but also moderate republicans.

I have 2 black daughters, a white daughter, a Hispanic son and a white son. I want them all to be able to see that we tried not to let this place slide into an unconstitutional oblivion of white supremacy, ant-women, anti-LGBTQ+ , phoney, religious theocracy. They all should be equal under the law. We cannot allow the takeover due our own complacency.

Yesterday, I went to the adjacent counties pride event. (We don’t have a pride event in my right wing county). I felt a mixed feeling of joy and sadness. This was the LGBTQ+ one day to come out and be themselves without persecution. I saw several people open carrying handguns. You should be able to be yourself in a free society with a rule of law. That’s worth a little effort in my part.


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Good on you for stepping out and doing something instead of just bitching online.
So who had the handguns? Protestors or LGBTQ people?
I think it's good for LGBTQ to show they are armed and pro 2A.
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INVICTVS138 wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 11:31 am I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can & not be boxed in by some feelings of helplessness. It’s easy to kind of say “fuck it” and want to give up. I’m a federal, civil servant so I can’t run in in a partisan election. What I CAN do is run as an independent in local elections.

I live in a very conservative ohio county. The democrats have NO elected state officials and only a couple local politicians sprinkled throughout the county. Running as a democrat is not helpful. Thats good; because I have my own views that don’t align with the democrat party. The modern Republican Party is a filthy dumpster fire.

I’m running for a local, nonpartisan office this fall. As an independent. The incumbent is an absolutely crazy, ULTRA MAGA, deranged trumper. Do I think I can win? I don’t know. I just don’t think that they should run & get all the power, uncontested. I’m working hard behind the scenes to build some support for my campaign. Yes, with mostly democrats but also moderate republicans.

I have 2 black daughters, a white daughter, a Hispanic son and a white son. I want them all to be able to see that we tried not to let this place slide into an unconstitutional oblivion of white supremacy, ant-women, anti-LGBTQ+ , phoney, religious theocracy. They all should be equal under the law. We cannot allow the takeover due our own complacency.

Yesterday, I went to the adjacent counties pride event. (We don’t have a pride event in my right wing county). I felt a mixed feeling of joy and sadness. This was the LGBTQ+ one day to come out and be themselves without persecution. I saw several people open carrying handguns. You should be able to be yourself in a free society with a rule of law. That’s worth a little effort in my part.


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Like the others, I commend you for jumping into the lion's den. I think there is one thing in your favor, and that is that verifiable facts have power when used properly. When a unimpeachable fact is used, it crushes opposition. Best of luck from a red area in California.

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tonguengroover wrote:
INVICTVS138 wrote: Sun Jun 04, 2023 11:31 am I think it’s up to each of us to do what we can & not be boxed in by some feelings of helplessness. It’s easy to kind of say “fuck it” and want to give up. I’m a federal, civil servant so I can’t run in in a partisan election. What I CAN do is run as an independent in local elections.

I live in a very conservative ohio county. The democrats have NO elected state officials and only a couple local politicians sprinkled throughout the county. Running as a democrat is not helpful. Thats good; because I have my own views that don’t align with the democrat party. The modern Republican Party is a filthy dumpster fire.

I’m running for a local, nonpartisan office this fall. As an independent. The incumbent is an absolutely crazy, ULTRA MAGA, deranged trumper. Do I think I can win? I don’t know. I just don’t think that they should run & get all the power, uncontested. I’m working hard behind the scenes to build some support for my campaign. Yes, with mostly democrats but also moderate republicans.

I have 2 black daughters, a white daughter, a Hispanic son and a white son. I want them all to be able to see that we tried not to let this place slide into an unconstitutional oblivion of white supremacy, ant-women, anti-LGBTQ+ , phoney, religious theocracy. They all should be equal under the law. We cannot allow the takeover due our own complacency.

Yesterday, I went to the adjacent counties pride event. (We don’t have a pride event in my right wing county). I felt a mixed feeling of joy and sadness. This was the LGBTQ+ one day to come out and be themselves without persecution. I saw several people open carrying handguns. You should be able to be yourself in a free society with a rule of law. That’s worth a little effort in my part.


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Good on you for stepping out and doing something instead of just bitching online.
So who had the handguns? Protestors or LGBTQ people?
I think it's good for LGBTQ to show they are armed and pro 2A.
LBGTQ or Allies were armed. But only a few, and I’m sure went unnoticed by most. I’m always actively scanning at an event like this. Of course I was armed too, but I always conceal (unless I’m hunting, etc in the field) There were no “counter protesters” aside from a booth across the street of little old church ladies passing out hellfire literature. There were more churches In Support of pride with actual booths at the event. Churches like the episcopal church are pro-LGBTQ.


Thanks for all the well wishes everybody. Ask me how I feel about it in November… I’m kind of a reluctant candidate; but again what motivates me is not just letting them walk away with it.


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Good luck, INVICTVS. We had a very similar candidate for land commissioner up here last year fail miserably against the Republican candidate. I've seen what passes for politics in small-town Ohio and I have neither stomach nor time for it. But that's not a problem, because I couldn't make the local school board if I tried.

Younger me was willing to buy into the bullshit about representative democracy dampening the worst tendencies of the mob. As I get older I get more radical about direct democracy being the only form of government that can be justified on philosophical grounds - with Constitutional protections for individual rights, natch.

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wings wrote:Good luck, INVICTVS. We had a very similar candidate for land commissioner up here last year fail miserably against the Republican candidate. I've seen what passes for politics in small-town Ohio and I have neither stomach nor time for it. But that's not a problem, because I couldn't make the local school board if I tried.

Younger me was willing to buy into the bullshit about representative democracy dampening the worst tendencies of the mob. As I get older I get more radical about direct democracy being the only form of government that can be justified on philosophical grounds - with Constitutional protections for individual rights, natch.
Well, luckily, even though I live in a suburban, generally, red area it’s only 52 -48 in my township; so there’s a chance. In fact, for the first time ever since living in Warren County for 16 years, my congressman is a democrat (largely due to the accident of gerrymandering, and the previous critter being widely despised as a total “do nothing.”) One of the other township trustees is a democrat, so again, it’s in the realm of possibility. But it’s very difficult to beat an incumbent, even a MAGA one.

The previous, deep red “trump country” township I lived in on the other side of Warren county; was a zero chance for an independent or even “moderate” Republican. It’s amazing what different worlds we can inhabit 10 miles away … Here I am in an outer ring suburb of Cincinnati, with a very sizable, 30% minority, multicultural population; when in the previous local the only minorities were my children & wife. And we were surrounded by trump flags - a bunch of Karen’s who called the cops on us all the time (dogs barking, my shooting.) The township police even flat-out admitted to me that the calls were baseless & racially motivated & they stopped responding.


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