My newsletter this week can be read here, which is also where you can sign up for free. I was going to write about the Republicans’ disregard for the Constitution, but I got sidetracked by images of the Russian people taking to the streets to support opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Sample:
In Russia, the people are fighting for truth and justice, against a criminal regime. The full discussion of the origins of the Vladimir Putin regime are beyond the scope of this missive, but it began with Putin carrying out brazen acts of terror against his own people — literally bombing his own citizens and blaming the bombings on Chechen rebels. (If you are unaware of that history, I commend to you this 2017 post from my blog and the links therein.) The list of journalists and critics Putin has murdered is long. It is no exaggeration to state that the Russian government is a large criminal conspiracy. The people in the streets in Russia this weekend are fighting that lawless cabal of thieves and killers.
Here at home, the people who stormed the Capitol were fighting against truth, in order to violently reinstall a regime rejected by voters. A government, in fact, which had been headed by the most dishonest president in American history — someone who had spent two months denying reality, retweeting increasingly insane conspiracy theories, and generally whipping up an entirely manufactured sense of certainty among diehard Republicans that the election had been stolen from them.
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