It’s January 6th. Do you know where our democracy is Headed?

Aug. 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech

Good Day Sky Dancers!

When I started this blog as a file cabinet for my writing else blog, I knew I’d commemorate days of celebration and sadness.  We’ve had both and other highly emotional anniversaries. For me, it’s the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall. For JJ, it’s undoubtedly September 11th.  For BB, it’s likely the day of the Boston Marathon bombing. Most of us remember the assassination of JFK, RFK, and MLK.  We have memories of Watergate. Then, there are those passed on from our grandparents and parents, like the bombing of Pearl Harbor. We have days to commemorate our War dead and those who fought for our democracy and preservation of the Union, and for the abolition of slavery.

Today is the second anniversary of the January 6th insurrection. Everything dealing with that day and events before, after, and surrounding it stands out as the day a violent minority decided they’d prefer a tyrant to the democratic republic left to us by those who formed the country and those who have ensured we expand the dream of liberty and justice for all.

Abraham Lincoln gave his speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery before this crowd on November 19, 1863, at Gettysburg.

Today, one-third of our government is gridlocked because of that same obnoxious and toxic group of insurrectionists.  This is happening even while our Justice System deals with the illegal acts from 2 years ago. States have made it harder for some people to vote in between events.  We’ve also seen women declared incapable of making their own reproductive healthcare decisions. We’ve seen military-style weapons turn on children, grocery shoppers, and places built by the GLBTQ community as safe spaces. Anti-semitism is part of daily conversation.  And, we have the return of Book Banning. ” More censorship. Florida No. 1 in prison book-bans. Even books about ‘Star Trek’ and flowers”  This commentary is by Scott Maxwell, writing for the Orlando Sentinal.

It’s hard to keep track of all the things that have been banned and censored here in the “Free State of Florida” — from middle school math books to live entertainment.

But some of the most-banned commodities in the Sunshine State are the books allowed in prisons.

As the Orlando Sentinel’s Amanda Rabines recently reported, Florida’s prison system is a leading book-banner, restricting everything from issues of The Economist magazine to “Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook.”

And when the researchers from The Marshall Project, a nonprofit focused on the U.S. justice system, describe Florida as a leading book-banner, they mean leading by a country mile.

In Georgia, they banned 28 books. In Kansas, it was 99.

In Florida, the number was 20,200.

Florida’s goal seems to be to keep incarcerated people bored and uneducated — a dangerous combination for correctional guards while prisoners are still behind bars, and for the public if and when they’re ever released.

Unless you believe society is better off when prisoners are prohibited from reading books like “How to Draw and Paint Flowers”?

The biggest question remains how resilient our institutions of governance are?  It took decades to deal with Jim Crow laws in the South after the end of reconstruction.  It took decades to extend access to voting beyond the original white, rich male landowners.  It also took decades and a constitutional amendment to make the US Senate a democratically elected body.

Enemy troops did not storm our Capitol during the Civil War.  We have a law that prevents insurrectionists from running for office.  How can we deal with those holding public positions today if we can’t even block modern insurrectionists from the highest positions in the country?  How is it that Trump can run for the office of President again?

Today, “Biden to honor January 6 democracy defenders in capstone to a split-screen week.” This is from CNN Politics, as reported by Phil Mattingly and Betsy Klein.

President Joe Biden on Friday will commemorate the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol – the day he’s called “one of the darkest periods of our nation’s history” – as he seeks to elevate the law enforcement and election officials that held firm against the most serious effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power in US history.

In a week defined by dramatic contrasts between a White House at work and a House Republican majority in chaos, Friday’s event will serve as an almost visceral coda. It will give Biden the opportunity to highlight the extremist risk to the nation and its politics that he sees as still very real – even as signs that the fever driven by his predecessor has started to break in concrete ways. That risk, in the view of some White House officials, will serve as a literal, if unintentional, split screen to Biden’s remarks.

Officials say Biden doesn’t plan to directly address the chaos on the House floor that has blocked Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy from the speakership the last four days. But the connection is unmistakable.

Many in the House commemorated the occasion with a moment of silence. We’re now back to live coverage of the next vote, where we will not have a congress or a Speaker of the House who is second in line to the Presidency.  Will today change anything?

Texas Governor John Connally adjusts his tie (foreground) as President and Mrs. Kennedy, in a pink outfit, settled in rear seats, prepared for motorcade into the city from the airport, Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.

Representative Clyburn is giving a heartfelt speech on “liberty, justice, and freedom” for all.  He’s the Representative putting Jeffries’s name up for Speaker right now. He’s speaking about two years ago and the abnormal number of votes being held this week.  “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, she will not be great.”

And Gaetz just nominated Jim Jordan. His speech was so vitriolic that some members walked out on it. Boebert is nominating Hearn of Oklahoma.  They evidently attended a meeting last night. “House members blocking McCarthy speaker bid meet at offices of ex-Trump chief Mark Meadows.”  This is reported by John Ward.

Several Republican House members fighting to stop Rep. Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker of the House met Friday morning at the offices of the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization run by Mark Meadows and Jim DeMint.

Meadows, a former Republican congressman from North Carolina, was chief of staff to former President Donald Trump and played a central role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. He joined CPI as senior partner in January 2021, a few weeks after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, on Jan. 6.

There just was one switch to McCarthy.  It was from Dan Bishop of South Carolina.  And now a second.

I’m opening this post now so we can be live.

March 17, 1973 — “Burst of Joy” Sal Veder, In this Pulitzer Prize–winning picture, released prisoner of war Lt. Col. Robert L. Stirm is greeted by his family at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, as he returns home from the Vietnam War.

Here are some other suggested reads:

Alayna Treene / Axios: House Democrats connect Jan. 6 to GOP’s speakership fight

Alan Feuer / New York Times Judge Rules for Justice Dept. in Dispute With Trump Over Documents Search

Bloomberg: Trump Special Counsel Probe Adds Two Anti-Corruption Prosecutors

Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast: How Trump’s Missing Call Logs Could Become His Nixon Tapes

CNN: Two years after US Capitol attack, investigation into Trump and insurrection enters new phase


26 Comments on “It’s January 6th. Do you know where our democracy is Headed?”

  1. dakinikat says:

    This just turned into a live blog because there are some changes… the third one… Cloud of Texas. Clyde switched too. So, now there is a 4th one.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    I listened to some of the Gaetz speech, but I finally had to turn it off.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Chip Roy voted for McCarthy. It’s looking better for McCarthy.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    I hate to think what McCarthy has given up.

  5. dakinikat says:

    So much for their arguments that the economy is “bad”.

    December jobs report: Payrolls rise by 223,000, unemployment rate falls to 3.5%
    The Labor Department published the final jobs report of 2022 on Friday.

  6. dakinikat says:

    ‘IT’S MAKING US MORE IGNORANT’
    Governor Ron DeSantis’s anti-critical-race-theory legislation is already changing how professors in Florida teach.

    By Daniel Golden

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/01/ron-desantis-florida-critical-race-theory-professors/672507/

    Whatever one thinks of critical race theory, the state’s interference limits the freedom of professors who are experts in their fields to decide what to teach their students. Cox worried, not without reason, that the law effectively banned him from discussing his ideas in class, and that teaching the courses could cost him his livelihood. Cox, who is the only Black professor in the sociology department, will not be considered for tenure until this fall. His salary was his family’s only income while his wife stayed home with their baby.

    A month before the fall 2022 semester was set to start, he scrapped both courses. Students scrambled to register for other classes. “It didn’t seem like it was worth the risk,” said Cox, who taught a graduate course on Inequality and Education instead. “I’m completely unprotected.” He added, “Somebody who’s not even in the class could come after me. Somebody sees the course catalog, complains to a legislator—next thing I know, I’m out of a job.”

    Cox’s decision, along with another professor’s cancellation of a graduate course because of a similar anxiety, created an unusual gap in the sociology curriculum at UCF. Located in Orlando, UCF is Florida’s largest university, with almost 69,000 students.

    Cox’s department chair, Elizabeth Mustaine, said she went along with the professors’ wishes because “I thought, I’m not going to stress anyone out about this. It’s crazy.” Still, she added, “it’s an absolute tragedy that classes like this get canceled.” Of the 39 courses offered this past fall by a department that specializes in the study of human society, none focused primarily on race.

  7. dakinikat says:

    McCarthy seems to think he’ll have it nailed tonight. Did anyone besides me watch the presentation of the medals this afternoon? They’re taking the time between sessions to discuss the J6 committee findings. I loved the choices. So many people in various states and at the capitol trying to fight for our democracy against all these crazy, angry, armed, and violent assholes!

  8. dakinikat says:

  9. NW Luna says:

    Not again! How is a 6-yr-old allowed to have a handgun and bring it to school? Charge the parent(s)!

    6-year-old boy shoots teacher in Va. school

    The female teacher, whose name was not disclosed, was shot with a handgun at about 2 p.m. at Richneck Elementary School, Newport News Police Chief Steve R. Drew said at a news briefing. He said the 6-year-old first-grader, who was taken into custody, had been involved in an altercation with the teacher. No students in the classroom were hurt. Authorities said the teacher was hospitalized at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News and described her wounds as life-threatening.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Eesh. Boebert just voted present.

  11. NW Luna says:

  12. dakinikat says:

    Ali Velshi
    @velshi@mastodon.world
    The new GOP House majority wants to rein in the nonpartisan ethics office which would investigate its own members. Sounds pretty…unethical? 🤔 #Velshi